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17 August 2022 Labour & Employment Watch


Public sector strike still a possibility

A dispute deadlock means that a public sector strike is still likely, writes Legalbrief. EWN reports that Cosatu’s public sector unions met with Acting Public Service and Administration Minister Thulas Nxesi on Thursday to try to prevent a looming stalemate ... Read More

South Africa

Denial over Eskom’s skilled worker crisis

Eskom has lost more than 500 skilled workers with a combined experience of 13 364 years in just three months this year as the executive and board of the troubled power utility are locked in discussions over whether a skills ... Read More

Battle looms between Cosatu and retirement industry

A major battle is in the offing between Cosatu and the retirement industry over worker access to retirement savings, with the trade union federation rejecting as inadequate the limited access provided in the draft legislation published by National Treasury last ... Read More

Saftu announces national strike over challenges

A national strike across the country protesting against the rising costs of living, load shedding and other economic challenges will take place on 24 August, the leadership of Saftu has said. This was decided by Saftu at their Working Class ... Read More


Why a four-day week will not work

The four-day working week continues to gain momentum, with pilots taking place in the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada and Australia, writes Wim Naudé, professor of economics at the University College Cork in The Conversation. He writes that these schemes ... Read More

Important to protect labour against climate change

Governments must consider urgently how to support their labour markets as climate change’s effects deepen, Dr Gracelin Baskaran, a bye-fellow in economics at the University of Cambridge, writes in a Business Day opinion piece. She says heat waves have become ... Read More


More support needed for female health issues

A survey has found the majority of women think there should be more support in their workplace when it comes to female health issues. HR Magazine reports that research found 59% of women have taken time off to tend to ... Read More


US labour market remains strong, statistics show

Hiring in the US in July was far better than expected, defying multiple other signs that the economic recovery is losing steam, the Bureau of Labour Statistics has reported. Non-farm payrolls rose 528 000 for the month and the unemployment ... Read More

New EU rules improve work-life balance

All members of the EU must apply rules to improve work-life balance for parents and carers by transposing a Work-Life Balance Directive into national law from the beginning of August. Personnel Today reports the rules set out minimum standards for ... Read More

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