Workers On Wednesday  11 December
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online
Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
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While the most notable trends affecting labour during 2018 included the consolidation of the division of the trade union movement with the development of new federation, SAFTU, along with the signing into law of several amendments in labour law that were perceived to be anti-labour, this year’s major trend must be the continued recession and constant job-losses due to retrenchments and the threats to jobs in the beleaguered state owned enterprises like Eskom, Transnet, Prasa and SAA. In today’s Workers on Wednesday show, the final one for 2019, we assess the experiences of the past year for labour and what 2020 holds in store for workers and their trade unions.

GUESTS

  • Phindile Kunene - Senior Curriculum and Materials Developer for the Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education
  • Terry Bell - veteran labour analyst

 

 

Workers On Wednesday  4 December
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online
Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Call in number 089 110 420
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The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) is the asset manager for the Government Employees Pension Fund and holder of very large sums of money and public assets. There are some in government and others, like progressive NGOs, who feel that the PIC holds the key to fixing the country’s debt problem at Eskom and other SOEs, unlocking investment for job-creation and counter-acting austerity measures by government and big business.

GUESTS

  • Nomahlubi Jakuja – SAFTU Economic Researcher
  • Tahir Maepa – PSA Deputy General Manager

 

 


 

Workers On Wednesday  27 November
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online
Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Call in number 089 110 420
Whatsapp voice note number 061 410 4107

Over the past three decades, millions of jobs have been lost globally and locally due to restructuring of economies, neo-liberal economic policies, economic crises and open trade agreements between countries. This period has seen a huge growth in informal employment, especially of women who have to combine family and work responsibilities. A significant number of these workers do home-based piecemeal work, often for big companies, but it is questioned whether this constitutes decent work.

GUESTS

  • Jane Barrett – Director of Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) - Organisation and Representation Programme
  • Shahida Cassiem – New Hope Co-operative based in Mannenberg, Cape Town

 

 


 

Workers On Wednesday  20 November
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online
Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Call in number 089 110 420
Whatsapp voice note number 061 410 4107

For the past two decades, South Africa’s state owned enterprises (SOEs) have been beset with crises. These include Eskom, SAA, PRASA and the SA Post Office and others. This has had a direct and negative impact on the country, especially the people and the economy. However, workers at these SOEs have had additional demands put on them while their jobs become more insecure. The strike underway in South African Airways for salary increases and job security challenges the misconception that a job in the public service is cushy. In today’s show we discuss the crises in SOEs, its impact on labour and their responses.

GUESTS

  • Dominic Brown - Economic Justice Programme Manager for the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC)
  • Phakamile Hlubi-Majola - spokesperson for the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa)

 


 

Workers On Wednesday  13 November
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online
Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Call in number 089 110 420
Whatsapp voice note number 061 410 4107

Two weeks ago a conference was held at the University of the Western Cape that focused on the changes in, and the future of, the agriculture industry and its likely impact on the livelihoods of farmworkers and their communities. Our guests in this show attended the conference and share their foreboding.

GUESTS

  • Roseline Engelbrecht - Labour Rights Programme Coordinator for the Women on Farms Project in Stellenbosch
  • Professor Andries Du Toit - Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (Plaas), University of the Western Cape

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