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20 November 2019 Labour & Employment Watch

Focus


High stakes for all in SAA strike

There is more at stake in the stand-off between SAA and workers than wage negotiations, writes Legalbrief. Carol Paton as writing in a BusinessLIVE report notes, it is the government that holds the purse strings and the SAA strike is ... Read More

South Africa


Platinum sector wage deal signed and strike averted

After four months of negotiations, the platinum sector has managed to avert a strike as three major producers inked a wage deal with the majority union. BusinessLIVE reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) signed the deal ... Read More

Spotlight on public sector performance bonuses

National and provincial departments have paid out 70% more than the previous year on performance bonuses to employees, despite SA battling worsening levels of debt, low growth and downgrades by two major ratings agencies over that period. BusinessLIVE reports that ... Read More

Samwu plans to shut down Joburg CBD

The SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) aims to shut down the Johannesburg central business district when it holds a march today, reports BusinessLIVE. The country's biggest municipal union's march is expected to disrupt service delivery in the economic ... Read More

Analysis


Unions successful at curtailing use of labour brokers

Many employers use agency/broker staff to avoid having to deal with trade unions, discipline, grievances, pay disputes, the provision of benefits and other labour-related issues and obligations. Ivan Israelstam, CEO of Labour Law Management Consulting, writes in a BusinessLIVE ... Read More

Health


Half of Australian workers experienced mental illness

A major study has found that half of all Australian workers have experienced a mental illness – and 43% of those say their workplace caused it, reports News.com. National mental health organisation Superfriend has released the findings of the ... Read More

Work stress causing sleep deprivation

International health benefits provider, Aetna International, recently surveyed 4 000 office workers and 1 000 HR directors across the globe to find out their thoughts on the current state of health care and wellness provisions in the workplace. HR News ... Read More

World


Flexible working results in longer working hours

Many organisations are offering their employees greater autonomy to decide their work patterns and more employees than ever are embracing that. But, says a Personnel Today report, who’s winning and seeing the most benefit – employee or employer? Morgan McKinley’s ... Read More

Pay more equal in Europe - survey

More action is taking place on pay equality in Europe compared with the US, according to a recent survey, although US firms are more proactive when it comes to sexual harassment. Personnel Today reports that the survey, which looked at ... Read More

DRC mining sector urged to fight child labour

Companies mining and buying copper and cobalt from the Democratic Republic of Congo must do more to fight corruption and child labour in the country. Mining Weekly reports that this is according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development ... Read More