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18 June 2024 Labour & Employment Watch


Sapo worker protest forces earlier retrenchment payments

Retrenched SA Post Office (Sapo) workers who were protesting the lack of clarity on and non-payment of their severance packages, have forced the public entity’s business rescue practitioners (BRP) to pay the first tranche of these packages earlier than envisaged ... Read More

South Africa

IDC drawn into Numsa dispute with SA Steel Mills

Numsa has given the Industrial Development Corporation of SA (IDC) five days to respond to its demands amid a labour dispute between the union and steel producers SA Steel Mills. This comes after Numsa escalated its fight for shop steward ... Read More

Outcry over HDI definition for advocates

The government has defended its decision to define ‘historically disadvantaged’ advocates as anyone who became an SA citizen before 1994 – News24 reports a characterisation that two advocates bodies have slammed as being fundamentally ‘anti-transformation’. The General Council of the ... Read More

Government must address unqualified officials – PSC

An inquiry by the Public Service Commission (PSC) has found that 4% of senior government officials do not meet the national qualifications framework (NQF) requirements for the posts they occupy. The Sunday Tribune notes that the report on the qualifications ... Read More



Damning report on workplace safety in New Zealand

A damning report by senior business leaders says New Zealand’s history of health and safety failings and poor progress is ‘disgraceful’ and calls for better regulation and enforcement. The Been There. Done That report into New Zealand’s repeated health and ... Read More

Autistic employees look to AI for advice

A new Carnegie Mellon University study shows that many people with autism embrace ChatGPT and similar artificial intelligence tools for help and advice as they confront problems in their workplaces. But the research team, led by the School of Computer ... Read More


Pressure not to use whistle-blower hotlines, study finds

The number of global organisations without a hotline has halved since 2022, as countries introduce whistle-blower protection laws and regulators order companies to offer safe routes to step forward. But, Personnel Today reports, according to the latest EY Global Integrity ... Read More

BP update on relationships at work policy

BP employees must disclose any intimate relationships with colleagues or risk losing their jobs, the oil major told staff in a policy update following the sacking of former CEO Bernard Looney for failing to do so. The updated conflicts of ... Read More

Over-production impacts China’s workers

As China grapples with manufacturing over-production, some workers at one of China's auto plants face a difficult choice about their jobs. Business Insider quotes newly-wed Lisa as saying that in her brand-new factory for Li Auto, more than 1 ... Read More


Mpact shareholders reject executive pay package

* The board of JSE-listed Mpact has failed to persuade investors to back its remuneration policy with more than half of shareholders voting against the proposed salary increase for executives. Two-fifths company’s investors also snubbed the non-executive director’s remuneration and its ... Read More

Cape Town protecting city workers

* Cape Town has seen a surge in escorts for staff and contractors since the inception of its Facility Protection Officers initiative a year ago. The number of escorts provided to city departments and contractors increased from 759 within nine months ... Read More

NUM and Petra Diamonds sign wage agreement

* Diamond miner Petra Diamonds and NUM have signed a five-year wage agreement covering Petra’s SA operations for the period 1 July this year, to 30 June 2029. Petra owns and operates the Cullinan and Finsch mines, in SA, and the ... Read More

Case Law Briefs

UJ v Pension Funds Adjudicator (Prescription)

Financial Services Tribunal: UJ v Pension Funds Adjudicator Judgment: 28 May 2024 Keywords: Reconsideration, Pension Funds Adjudicator (PFA), withholding of benefit, prescription, audi alteram partem rule, Financial Sector Regulation Act 9 of 2017, Pension Funds Act 24 of 1956 Summary ... Read More



LABOUR LAW SIBERGRAMME By John Grogan Punblisher: Juta  In the Labour Law Sibergramme, John Grogan provides sharp, incisive, and informed analysis of new labour cases, offering readers reliable and insightful interpretations of South African labour law. These subscription-based email updates ... Read More

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