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26 January 2020 Labour & Employment Watch


Unions slam 'reckless' Telkom retrenchments

Unions have reacted angrily to the announcement of the current round of proposed job cuts at Telkom, writes Legalbrief. Trade union Solidarity has slammed Telkom over its plan to cut up to 3 000 jobs, or 20% of its 15 ... Read More

South Africa

Policy responsible for ‘retrenchment bloodbath’

Government's economic policy was responsible for the ‘retrenchment bloodbath’ in the manufacturing sector, trade union Solidarity says. The union's deputy general secretary for mining and engineering, Willie Venter, is quoted in a Polity report as saying that government ... Read More

SA near the bottom of social mobility ladder – WEF

SA is one of the worst performers in terms of social mobility, Business Day reports that a study from the World Economic Forum shows, thanks largely to poor education, health and employment outcomes, stymieing the chances of citizens to move ... Read More

Workplace Policy Watch

Key mine health, safety guidelines gazetted

Guidance notes on mine employee HIV counselling and testing were gazetted on Friday, together with guidelines on compiling three mandatory codes of practice affecting the health and safety of mine workers, says Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. The HIV ... Read More


Policy convergence needed to fight retrenchments

Barely a month into 2020, retrenchments, the trimming of workforces and restructuring talks are dominating the news. Unfortunately, writes Mamokgethi Molopyane, a mining and labour analyst, with a growth rate of 0.9%, the economy offers no solution to either ... Read More


Jobs contributing to musculoskeletal issues

More than two-thirds (68%) of people with musculoskeletal (MSK) issues say their job has been a contributing factor to their condition. Personnel Today reports that this is according to a survey by Willis Towers Watson, which highlighted the extent to ... Read More


Bullying swept under the carpet

Almost a quarter of employees believe that – despite the rise of movements such as #MeToo – bullying and harassment at work is swept under the carpet. Personnel Today reports that this is according to the UK's Chartered Institute ... Read More

Dutch most prepared for automation

The Netherlands is the EU’s most prepared country when it comes to automation, Personnel Today reports a survey has suggested, with Slovakia the least ready. According to research compiled by financial processing business MerchantMachine, the Netherlands was 95% ready for ... Read More

Women working longer since financial crisis

The length of women’s working weeks has increased at a faster rate than men’s in the past decade since the financial crisis, caused by a growing number of men in part-time work. People Management reports that this is according to ... Read More