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21 May 2022 Labour & Employment Watch


Jobs loss warning in switch to renewables

The switch to renewable energy is a sensitive subject in SA with the coal sector a major employer. This was one of the central issues to come out of the recent Investment in Africa Mining Indaba, writes Legalbrief. Replacing coal ... Read More

South Africa

DEL wants to make strike balloting secret

The Department of Employment & Labour (DEL) says it will re-introduce provisions to make balloting before and during a strike secret, reports Fin24. Secret ballots have been opposed by many trade unions who want the decision to strike decided by ... Read More

Eskom unions demand above-inflation increases

Unions at Eskom are demanding above-inflation wage hikes, saying workers at SOEs have not received meaningful increases in two years, resulting in ‘very low’ staff morale. Numsa and the NUM, which represent most of Eskom’s estimated 46 000 workers, are ... Read More

SARS unions announce strike date

Revenue collection at the country’s ports of entry and in various offices internally is set to be disrupted when the two largest unions at SARS down tools next week in support of their demand for higher wages. BusinessLIVE reports that ... Read More


Employers cautioned about WhatsApp use

Employers need to be careful with how they use WhatsApp, notes Kavita Kooverjee, senior professional assistant at Schoemanlaw Inc. According to Legalbrief, she writes that the Basic Conditions of Employment Act 75 of 1997 states that an employee may not ... Read More


Focus on safe and healthy mine workers

The Minerals Council SA has given a strong assurance that it was acting to halt and reverse the regression in mine safety in SA that had taken place over the past three or so years. ‘Nearly half of the staff ... Read More

High long-Covid numbers in the UK

An estimated 1.8m people in the UK are currently experiencing long Covid, official figures have shown, leading to calls for employers to do more to support workers with symptoms. People Management reports that the latest figures from the Office ... Read More

Most not comfortable raising mental wellbeing issues

Two-thirds of employees would not feel comfortable raising a mental or emotional wellbeing issue with their employer. People Management reports that this is according to a poll of 8 000 UK adults, that found 66% would not share their mental ... Read More


Ex-Facebook moderator in Kenya files lawsuit over PTSD

A man who worked as a Facebook moderator in Kenya is suing the platform's parent company, Meta, accusing it of human trafficking and forced labour. Daniel Motaung was employed by Sama, a San Francisco tech-outsourcing firm that Facebook contracted ... Read More

Calling a man ‘bald’ is sexual harassment in UK

Calling someone bald at work is sexual harassment, an employment tribunal has ruled. Sky News reports that the decision relates to a claim brought by Tony Finn against the West Yorkshire-based British Bung Company, where he worked as an electrician ... Read More

Spain in ‘menstrual leave’ first

Spain could become the first Western country to allow women to take several days of ‘menstrual leave’ from the workplace each month under new proposed legislation, reports Euro News. The Spanish Government is expected to approve the measure as part ... Read More

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