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Employers: MANAGING SHOP STEWARDS

Employers: MANAGING SHOP STEWARDS

Don’t underestimate the power of trade unions The trade union movement in South Africa is extremely powerful. This is not only because of the high proportion of unionised employees and because of the extremely strong legislation supporting unionisation but also...

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How to deal with burnout

How to deal with burnout

Dream job or not, you’re bound to encounter work related stress from time to time. However, the stress can be overwhelming and result in burnout.  Although burnout isn’t a medical diagnosis, some medical experts believe that other mental health conditions such as...

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STRIKES CAN BE PREVENTED THROUGH PRIVATE ARBITRATION

STRIKES CAN BE PREVENTED THROUGH PRIVATE ARBITRATION

The losses resulting from strike action raise the question of how such strikes can be prevented. The consequences of strikes can include: The employer’s loss of clients Financial losses for businesses Closure of businesses Industrial sabotage Loss of pay and financial...

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The benefits of working remotely

The benefits of working remotely

As South Africa continues to make its economic recovery as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses’ have had to make the difficult decision in closing their doors and working from home for the employees’ safety. What does it mean to work remotely? While it...

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Employers: Dismissals can be incompatible with the law

Employers: Dismissals can be incompatible with the law

Employees who are seen as trouble makers, eccentrics, disruptive, disagreeable, pushy, non-compliant, independent or who merely refuse to ‘suck up’ to the boss often find themselves on the wrong side of the exit door.  In the absence of statutory guidance, case after...

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Employers: DISMISSING SHOP STEWARDS IS NOT EASY

Employers: DISMISSING SHOP STEWARDS IS NOT EASY

The term ‘shop steward’ is a colloquial one and refers to the employee elected as the workplace representative by fellow employees who belong to the relevant trade union.  The Labour Relations Act (LRA) officially refers to shop stewards as “trade union...

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EMPLOYERS ARE NOT PROTECTED BY THE CORPORATE VEIL

EMPLOYERS ARE NOT PROTECTED BY THE CORPORATE VEIL

The Labour Relations Act (LRA), in its definition section says that an employee is someone who works for an employer. However, the designers of the LRA failed to define the term ‘employer’. This renders confusing our understanding of what an employer is and what an...

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The benefit of strong boundaries

The benefit of strong boundaries

Do you often feel taken advantage of, or that you give too much without getting anything back in return – both in your personal and professional life? It might be worth considering whether this is because your personal boundaries are not clear or strong enough....

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