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South Africa – Government opens the door for further labour reforms

24 March 2014

The South African Government has opened the door to the possibility of further labour law amendments, especially those that could limit long and violent strikes, and has invited social partners to a structured discussion on the matter, reports bdlive.co.za.Since the Marikana massacre in August 20...


Southeast Asia – Labour costs set to rise further in 2014

24 March 2014

This year will witness the rise of labour cost in the Southeast Asia region, in-line with the implementation and increment of minimum wage across several countries, according to The Malaysia Chronicle.Malaysia officially implemented the country's first-ever minimum wage on 1 Jan 2014 after a year...


Qatar – Illegal recruiters facing stiffer penalties

24 March 2014

Companies and individuals sheltering or employing runaway/illegal workers will be blacklisted and banned from future recruitment for at least two years, the Ministry of Interior announced, reports thepeninsulaqatar.com.Those who outsource their employees without the required legal contracts will...


Nepal – Labour intensive industries key to country’s future

24 March 2014

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad advised Nepal to be focused on agricultural reform and establishing labour intensive industries to attain prosperity, citing the example of Malaysia’s economic journey in the past half century, reports The Himalayan Times.“Early on, the foun...


Japan – Graduate recruitment levels to rise

24 March 2014

Nearly a quarter (23%) of major companies in Japan plan to hire more fresh graduates in financial year 2015 than in financial year 2014, according to a survey from the Kyodo News agency, reports globalpost.com.For financial year 2014, the figure was 18% according to a survey conducted last year....


Middle East – International employment hub status at risk

24 March 2014

According to new market analysis by the international executive search firm, Veredus, the Middle East will continue to be one of the world’s top employment centres over the next decade, but only if the commitment to creating the necessary infrastructure and use of the expatriate community persist...


Argentina – Black market labour in official statistics

24 March 2014

Argentina fails to overcome a structural problem of the labour market: the employment black market, according to the Argentinian daily La Nacion. In the fourth quarter of last 2013, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INDEC), 33.5% of urban employees in the country...


India - HR experts review morale and training

24 March 2014

With companies tightening their belts and disaffection amongst employees increasing, how to keep the workforce together and motivated was the topic of conversation at the first Business Today Knowledge Forum on HR in Bangalore.The first panel took on the subject "Neutralising negativity: kee...


Australia – International students exploited in Adelaide

24 March 2014

Adelaide’s largest Asian grocery store has been caught exploiting five international students and according to University of Adelaide and UniSA student representatives, the practice is widespread — particularly involving students being paid cash in hand for working in small restaurants. The Fair...


Australia - Affirmative Action drive hit by toilet problem

24 March 2014

Early last year, the company that runs Melbourne's rail network went on an affirmative action recruitment drive, advertising for female train drivers in a bid to change the face of a deeply male-dominated profession according to the The Age newspaper."We know that men can drive, but we belie...