Low strike turnout may signal Cosatu’s waning power
A major shutdown was expected last Thursday when Cosatu leaders and their affiliates announced a one-day strike in a bid to force the government and private sectors to stop the freezing of wages, retrenchments and the sale of state-owned companies ...
Striking Numsa workers to consider new wage proposal
Employers in the steel and engineering industry have upped their salary increase offer to striking workers affiliated to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) in the hope of ending a damaging strike that’s entering its second week. Business ...
Taxi group blames staff transport services for violence
More employers are providing transport for their staff, which is effectively eroding the customer base and causing a rift in the local taxi industry, the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (Cata) has noted. Reacting to allegations of extortion in the Western ...
SA officially withdraws support of Mdwaba’s ILO bid
After days of an information blackout by government, BusinessLIVE reports that Cabinet has officially withdrawn its support for businessperson and labour guru Mthunzi Mdwaba’s bid to lead the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The AU said, in a document, it ‘ ...
Woman fired for not working during lockdown wins case
SANDF loses retrospective reinstatement appeal
Worker loses racist Facebook rant appeal
Errant teacher loses bid to retain job
More companies introducing vaccine mandates
Youth spending many hours looking for work
Denel manages to avert liquidation
Police union says Sitole’s suspension ‘justified’
Work resumes at Tiger Brands after wildcat strike
Cosatu threat to City of Cape Town
SAA staff picket at Johannesburg headquarters
More than 500 000 jobs to be created – De Lille
Hawks arrest Ters fraudsters
SA firms explore four-day working week
Municipality's vehicles attached over employee dispute
Incapacity as a defence for misconduct
A recent judgment (BS Pahlanga v Petro Oil Gas (C564/2019)  (9 July 2021)) by the Labour Court addresses the role that incapacity can play when an employee is charged with misconduct, and whether an employer is required to ...
Mandatory vaccination disputes may head to courts
SA employers may be able to terminate the employment of their unvaccinated staff on the grounds that the employee cannot contractually perform the requirements of their jobs, reports Fin24. It's likely that the first cases about the issue will ...
Covid-19 a powerful incentive to invest in AI
As the coronavirus pandemic enveloped the world last year, businesses increasingly turned to automation in order to address rapidly changing conditions. Author Martin Ford writes in The Guardian that with the worst days of the pandemic hopefully now behind us ...
Digital presenteeism – a symptom of remote working
Research by the National Bureau of Economic Research in the US has found that the average working day has grown longer by 48 minutes due to remote work. HR Magazine reports that one consequence of this, Calvin Benton, founder of ...
Over half not wearing noise protective gear, study finds
A study from the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates that more than one-half of noise-exposed workers did not use hearing protection ‘always’ or ‘usually’ when exposed to hazardous occupational noise. According to an Occupational Health and ...
California law prohibits NDAs in settlement agreements
In a sweeping expansion of existing law, California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed legislation that broadly prohibits non-disclosure clauses (NDAs) in settlement agreements involving workplace harassment or discrimination on any protected bases, not just sex. JD Supra reports that SB ...
Drivers sue Uber over ‘racist’ facial recognition
Uber is being sued over its ‘racist’ facial recognition algorithm which is five times less likely to recognise darker-skin drivers, preventing them from signing on to work. According to a report in The Independent, the Independent Workers’ Union of Great ...
Amazon announces more flexible remote work plan
Amazon no longer plans to bring corporate employees back to the office en masse in early January but will instead leave the decisions to individual team leaders at the director level, CEO Andy Jassy is quoted in Geek Wire as ...
Pay cuts for NHS staff after living wage directive
Remote working improves employee trust
Australian unions warn of rising Covid-19 deaths
Vietnamese factories beg workers to return