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UN agency adopts convention on harrassment at work

The convention is critical in terms of promoting and protecting the rights of working women

​Fixed-term contracts – there must be a justifiable reason to use them

A dismissal is when an employee reasonably expected the employer to renew a contract of employment, but the employer did not renew it

Thousands protest ‘slave law’ in Budapest

The protest was called by unions and opposition parties outraged at reforms that hike the annual overtime hours that employers can demand

Labour law redefines parenthood

The definition includes adoptive parents and commissioning parents in surrogacy cases

Minimum wage deal won’t be reached by Workers’ Day ― Oliphant

Oliphant said she briefed President Ramaphosa to say that government would be unable to implement the national minimum wage by the first of May

We’re complicit in our own exploitation

"We are failing to put the blame squarely where it belongs: on our political leaders, our business leaders and ourselves".

Why changes to South Africa’s labour laws are an assault on workers’ rights

Two problems loom large in the implementation of the national minimum wage. One is compliance, the other redress.

Brazil employers castigate their maids with insults, racism

A Twitter feed is exposing how millions of Brazilian domestic workers are treated as an underclass. But new laws are in the offing to protect them.

SA farmers working around labour laws – report

SA farmers are "mechanising" to avoid labour legislation, such as higher minimum wages for farmworkers, and land claims, say reports.

Bangladesh mayor suspended as building collapse death toll rises

The mayor of the Bangladesh municipality where a factory building collapsed and killed more than 400 people has been suspended, says a minister.

Full-time employment heads south

Labour experts warn that the introduction of two new laws will tighten the noose on employers. Chantelle Benjamin reports.

Companies use brokers to avoid labour laws, says judge

Many companies in South Africa use labour brokers to circumvent labour laws, says Labour Appeal Court Judge President Dunstan Mlambo.

Young South Africans pessimistic about job growth

Half of young South Africans support the idea that labour laws are slowing job growth, a study released on Monday has found.

The right climate for jobs

There are important connections between Workers' Day and the proposed amendments to key labour laws, as well as unemployment and climate change.

Cosatu doubts effectiveness of strike ballots

Cosatu in the Western Cape says re-introducing a labour law that requires unions to conduct ballots before strikes would not solve violent acts.

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Pay-TV inquiry probes the Multichoice monopoly

Africa’s largest subscription television operator says it is under threat amid the emerging popularity of global platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime

Covid-overflow hospital in ruins as SIU investigates

A high-level probe has begun into hundreds of millions of rand spent by the Gauteng health department to refurbish a hospital that is now seven months behind schedule – and lying empty

​No apology or comfort as another Marikana mother dies without justice

Nomawethu Ma’Bhengu Sompeta, whose funeral will be held this weekend, was unequivocal in calling out the government for its response to the Marikana massacre

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