Workers On Wednesday 7 December 2016
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Labour Voices on the Airwaves!

In a few weeks’ time the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, NUMSA, will be holding its national congress in Cape Town. It comes 3 years after its historic Congress that gave birth to the “NUMSA Moment”. In a nutshell the NUMSA Moment refers to the union’s decision to not support the ANC, fight for COSATU to break from the Tripartite Alliance with the ANC and SACP as well as form a United Front with several others to campaign against neo-liberalism. The union also decided to research the feasibility of forming an alternative socialist party.

 In today’s special show we assess the NUMSA moment of December 2013. Has it made any progress and where is it now? 

GUESTS:

Irvin Jim, NUMSA General Secretary

Mazibuko Jara, Eastern Cape United Front orgamiser

Workers On Wednesday 30 November 2016
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Labour Voices on the Airwaves!

Since 2015 and especially after NUMSA was expelled from COSATU, there have been moves afoot to start a new trade union federation that is intended to rival and provide workers with an alternative to COSATU.

Key figures and organisations in the new federation include former Cosatu general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, FAWU and former Samwu officials. In today’s show we find out more about the new trade union federation and whether it will advance or setback workers’ struggle in South Africa.
 

GUESTS

Stephen Faulkner
Steering Committee Coordinator
New Trade Union Federation

Alfred Tlou
National Negotiator
South African Policing Union
SAPU

Workers On Wednesday 23 November 2016
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Labour Voices on the Airwaves!

The National Union of Care Workers of South Africa (NUCWOSA) is holding its inaugural meeting this week in Johannesburg, from the 23rd to the 25th of November 2016. Care Workers have long been neglected producers in the economy for reasons that belittle their work in maintaining the health of patients in our communities. After receiving formal and in-service training, they do home visits to establish who and where vulnerable groups, such as pregnant women and children under five, are in their neighbourhoods, as well as to monitor people's general health concerns and link them to clinics or a hospital if needed. Yet, they are not considered employees of the Department of Health. The formation of NUCWOSA aims to unify the struggle for recognition of care workers.

GUESTS

Dibuseng Phaloane
NUCWOSA National Co-ordinator

Mayelisa Motaung, Sarah Maluleke, Susan Mahlangu
Care workers

 Workers On Wednesday 27 October 2016
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Labour Voices on the Airwaves!

Like the mining industry, the agricultural sector was at the heart of the Apartheid system and its economy. Black farmworkers were treated like slaves and at the mercy of ruthless and racist white farmer owners. At the same time farmworkers were too weak to organise themselves into strong trade unions due to their conditions. However, Cosatu and other trade unions did campaign vigorously in defence of farmworkers and ensured that they at least enjoyed some protection in South Africa’s labour laws. However, according to research and other reports, farm workers’ conditions have not improved much and in some respects are even worse than before democracy.

In the show we discuss the conditions of farmworkers, focusing on the role of legislation and state agencies in enforcing farmworkers’ rights
 
GUESTS:

Solly Phetoe
Deputy General Secretary
COSATU

Gushwell Brooks
Media Officer
SA Human Rights Commission
Department of Labour

Workers On Wednesday 19 October 2016
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Labour Voices on the Airwaves!

At the end of 2014, several amendments to South Africa’s labour laws were legislated. In the main these changes to the law meant improvements to workers, especially for temporary and labour broker workers.

After more than 18 months with the changes to the labour laws coming into effect, in today’s show we revisit what these changes were and whether it has made a difference to the lives of workers.
 
GUESTS
Bheki Ntshalintshali
General Secretary
COSATU

Thembinkosi Mkalipi
Chief Director for Labour Market Policy
Department of Labour

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