You may be forgiven for wondering whether something had happened to me.   No email alerts have been sent recently and very little has been posted on GilesFiles.   I am sure you know and were  shocked to hear that Prof Carl Mischke was killed last month.   For the last 10 years he produced excellent fortnightly editorials and weekly comments for  IRnetwork.   At short notice I willingly accepted the kind invitation from LexisNexis to assume those responsibilities and become the Interim Contributing Editor of IRnetwork.

It has taken considerable effort and reflection to produce the required material on time.   In the near future I hope to resume posting comments on GilesFiles and also sending regular email alerts.   To date I have produced the following editorials and weekly comments for IRnetwork.   Unfortunately  only subscribers to IRnetwork are able to access them and I have agreed not to repeat them in GilesFiles:

  • Dismissals: validity and lawfulness precede fairness
  • Trade union conundrums: recognition, power and rivalry
  • The truth but not the whole truth and the effect on integrity
  • BCEA allows employers to strike back with common law
  • Mutual separation agreements and misrepresentation

Just when I thought I would be able to take life a little easier I have accepted an invitation from the Law Faculty at Stellenbosch University to lecture in Labour Law three times a week until the end of the year.   Needless to say I am thrilled at the prospect of subjecting about 150 students to my approach to life and law.   You may also have noticed that a new category Twit’s Twits has been added to GilesFiles.   My late father told me he coined the name Wits’ Wits for the university magazine which he edited in about 1929. I thought it was time to do something similar.   I think tweets are not quite the same as twits.