Care workers are classified by their employers as volunteers and not employees. As such, the proposed minimum wage does not cover them. They get paid less than R2,000 a month. If they fall pregnant, women are forced to quit their jobs or take unpaid leave.
This radio feature looks at how the Marikana widows are surviving and the promises that were made to them. It was produced by Workers’ World Media Productions in 2014, two years after the massacre.
Chantay Potts said they were handcuffed in front of staff and customers. “We were handcuffed and were made to stand for 4 hours,” said Potts. The 19-year-old mother of one said they are accused of theft because they took tips from customers.
Produced by WWMP after the massacre, August 2012
It has been five years since the Marikana Massacre which saw 34 miners dying at the hands of the South African Police Services after they went on a strike calling for a wage demand of R12,500 amongst other things. At the time of massacre Workers’ World Media Productions Director, Martin Jansen penned this piece and we thought we should re-publish it here since justice is still begging.
Pick n Pay has announced that it is to shed 3,500 jobs in the Western Cape. Its announcement was met this week by condemnation from the union at the frontline, SACCAWU as well as COSATU and SAFTU.
The premise that intelligent machines will perform tasks more efficiently and at a lower cost than human beings is by no means far-fetched. The challenges facing the workers of the future are multiplying before our very eyes.
We want to professionalise the union”, said Vavi. According to him, 52% of the cases that are taken to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) are won by the employers. “You get chairpersons who were never trained on their duties and because of this, they surround themselves with corrupt organisers. When they go to meetings they don’t even have a pen or notebook so that they report back to the workers.”
“We are very glad that we are out of those politics that are unprincipled and are not interested in advancing the lives of ordinary workers. The ANC conference was a complete sham! You can’t spend five days discussing whether this is a shovel or a digging spade”