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20 March 2019 Labour & Employment Watch


Amcu takes a judicial hammering

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has been dealt a body blow with two Labour Court judgments going against them, writes Legalbrief. The Labour Court has prevented a secondary strike across the country’s gold, platinum and vanadium industries ... Read More

South Africa

Numsa threatens contractor strike at Arcelor

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is threatening to lead contractors at Africa’s steel giant, ArcelorMittal SA (Amsa), on a sympathy strike should the company not accede to its demands to permanently place contractors. Numsa downed tools last ... Read More

Union says SAPS strike a 'no-no'

The South African Police Service says it is business as usual at police stations across the country. News24 reports that police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo was responding to questions about threatened strike action by police officers. Union members had reportedly ... Read More

Workplace Policy Watch

Education: Minister seeks broader mandate for skills authority

Government may need to consider extending the monitoring and evaluation mandate of the National Skills Authority beyond sector-specific education and training to state schools and post-school education and training institutions. Pam Saxby, for Legalbrief Policy Watch, notes Minister in the ... Read More


Another critical court ruling for Amcu and Sibanye

A critical ruling deciding whether a wage agreement by three minority unions can be extended to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is expected today, says a Business Day report. Sibanye has had setbacks in court around the ... Read More


Managers not trained to recognise mental ill health

Only 31% of line managers polled in the UK by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) considered they had been sufficiently trained to recognise the signs of mental ill health in their staff, indicating that organisations are not ... Read More

Mentally-tiring jobs increasing diabetes risk

Women in mentally-tiring jobs are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who suffer from little or no work-related stress, Personnel Today reports research has found. A French study involving 73 517 women, mainly in teaching roles, discovered ... Read More

Review looks at benefits of sit-stand desks

With researchers suggesting that ‘sitting is the new smoking,’ sit-stand desks (SSD) have become a common tool to quell sedentary behaviour in an office environment. As this furniture becomes ubiquitous, conflicting opinions have arisen on its effectiveness. The University ... Read More


Disconnect found over the issue of flexible work

LinkedIn has claimed to have revealed evidence of a ‘disconnect’ between employers and employees over the issue of flexible work, as most working parents feel their employers are not fully open about their parental policies. Personnel Today reports that the ... Read More

Employee confidence slumps worldwide

Employee confidence in the UK business environment has slumped. Personnel Today reports that the latest data in Gartner’s Global Talent Monitor report for the fourth quarter of 2018 shows employee confidence in near-term business conditions and long-term economic prospects reaching ... Read More

Noise negatively impacts on wellbeing

Almost half (44%) of office workers say that noisy working conditions have a negative effect on their wellbeing, significantly affecting productivity and stress levels. Personnel Today reports that 40% of the 1 000 office workers polled admitted noise at work ... Read More