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15 April 2021 Labour & Employment Watch


Tough wage negotiations lie ahead

Wage negotiations in an economy exacerbated by the Covid-19 health crisis are expected in a variety of sectors in the coming weeks. And the going is expected to be treacherous, writes Legalbrief. A perfect storm may engulf Eskom and labour ... Read More

South Africa

Ramaphosa announces job stimulus statistics

The employment stimulus, launched in October 2020, in response to the impact of Covid-19 on the country's economy, has created 8 000 jobs since it was first introduced by the President, Skills Portal reports. In his weekly newsletter, President ... Read More

Retrenchment plans at SABS

The‌ ‌embattled South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) plans‌ ‌to‌ ‌retrench‌ ‌170‌ ‌employees‌ ‌in‌ ‌a ‌R150m ‌cost-saving‌ ‌endeavour, says a Mail & Guardian report. The SABS‌ ‌was‌ ‌placed‌ ‌under‌ ‌administration‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌Department‌ ‌of‌ ‌Trade,‌ ‌Industry‌ ‌& ‌Competition‌ ‌‌in‌ ... Read More

Pilots reject final settlement offer

The business rescue practitioners (BRPs) of SAA have made a final settlement offer to pilots who are both on strike and locked out, warning them that once the business rescue process ends the offer expires. However, pilots belonging to the ... Read More


The pros and cons of work surveillance

Research has found that almost half of remote workers reported that they stayed logged onto work devices later than necessary in response to their employer installing surveillance software on their devices. People Management reports that a poll of 2 000 ... Read More


Late night snacks may hurt work performance

A recent study has found that unhealthy eating behaviours at night can make people less helpful and more withdrawn the next day at work, reports Legalbrief. ‘For the first time, we have shown that healthy eating immediately affects our workplace ... Read More

Impact of remote work on mental health

A study has highlighted the impact remote rotational work can have on mental health, with a significant proportion of staff experiencing a decline in mood and suicidal thoughts, reports Personnel Today. Some 40% of people in remote rotational work, whether ... Read More


US work safety rules still not in place

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are returning to work but without the federal Covid-19 workplace safety rules the Biden administration wanted released by mid-March, reports The Wall Street Journal. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has yet to act on ... Read More

Virtual hearings here to stay for employment tribunals

Virtual hearings will become a constant feature of the UK's employment tribunals even once coronavirus restrictions are lifted, leading judges have predicted. According to a Law Gazette report, in a roadmap jointly published last week, Judge Barry Clarke and ... Read More

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