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29 November 2023 Labour & Employment Watch


Dark days ahead for employment in SA

The recent move to stage six load shedding and then back to stage four and three, with gloomy power cut predictions going forward, is a reminder that SA’s economy remains on a knife edge, increasing the risk of job losses ... Read More

South Africa

Resistance to Nxesi’s UIF jobs project

The Department of Employment & Labour and its Minister, Thulas Nxesi, are in a determined rush to spend more than R15bn on efforts to meet an ambitious target of creating 2m ‘work opportunities’ by the end of financial year 2024 ... Read More

PetroSA’s leading CEO candidate accused of misconduct

The leading candidate to become the CEO of PetroSA has accumulated a string of misconduct findings and charges during his public service career from spying on staff, bullying and victimisation of whistle-blowers, abuse of power, manipulation of tenders and fabricating ... Read More


The legal implications of juggling jobs

The Labour Court recently held that an employee violated her fiduciary duty and her employer’s policies by not disclosing her concurrent full-time employment. Shortly after joining Wits Business School full-time, the employee also took up full-time employment with Kantar SA ... Read More

Cost of living could drive up workplace activism

In terms of workforce activism, which is employees advocating or speaking up about workplace issues, law firm Herbert Smith Freehills' ‘Future of Work’ shows that 81% of employers believe that the economic downturn has reduced the possibility of workplace activism ... Read More

Men benefit more from being attractive

A pair of sociologists, one with the University of Oslo, the other with the Polish Academy of Sciences, has found that men benefit more in the workplace from being attractive than women do. Anecdotal evidence has suggested that women benefit ... Read More


Increase in UK workers with work-limiting conditions

There has been a 58% increase over the past decade in the number of people employed in the UK with a work-limiting health condition, People Management reports a Health Foundation analysis has revealed. The number of people currently working with ... Read More

Crucial to tackle work-related stress

Stress, depression and anxiety made up half of all work-related ill health in the past year, according to the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The HSE has created an interactive guidance tool to help employers meet their legal duties ... Read More

Global experts get together on workplace safety

The largest international event focusing on the prevention of workplace harms is taking place in Sydney as Australia plays host to 3 000 people from 127 countries for the 23rd World Congress on Safety and Health at Work. The theme ... Read More


Staff reductions included in Volkswagen’s cost-cutting

Volkswagen's global €10bn savings programme will include staff reductions, managers have told staff as brand chief Thomas Schaefer warned high costs and low productivity were making its cars uncompetitive. TimesLIVE reports the German carmaker is in the midst of ... Read More

Barclays and Big Four accountants to slash jobs

UK bank Barclays is working on plans to save as much as £1bn, which could involve cutting as many as 2 000 jobs, mainly in the British bank’s back office. Managers at Barclays, led by CEO Coimbatore Venkatakrishnan, who is ... Read More

Deliveroo riders not employees – UK Supreme Court

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Deliveroo riders should not be considered employees. The decision means Deliveroo cannot legally be made to engage with trade unions looking to represent drivers. People Management reports that in an unanimous judgment, the ... Read More

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