Gender and labour rights education is proving to be successful in horticulture industry in Tanzania.
On 17 November 2017 three bills were gazetted that propose major changes to the rights of workers through amendments to the Labour Relations Act and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, as well as the introduction of the National Minimum Wage bill. Taken together these bills represent the rolling back of hard won rights for workers.
About 40 employees of Tsogo Sun Hotel have been on strike for week after the company failed to honour its promise to increase wages in July. The workers are demanding that those who have worked at the hotel for a long time be turned into full-time workers.
A group of dissatisfied government college lecturers last Friday demonstrated in front of the Port Elizabeth High Court demanding better salaries and improved working conditions.
One of the workers still employed at the supermarket who has supported the dismissed workers was suspended for not coming to work and for “taking part in an unlawful strike”
Workers from the National Union of Care Workers of South Africa marched from Bisho Stadium to the offices of the Eastern Cape Department of Health to highlight the poor conditions that care workers work under, especially the issue of working discontinuously for years under contracts.
Toilet cleaners in East London are complaining about bad working conditions. Working under the Expanded Public Works Programme, the cleaners, the majority of them women, say they do not get protective gear and sometimes have to buy cleaning materials themselves. Some work without an uniform.
Dr Mondli Hlatshwayo recounts some of the findings of a recently completed survey of Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) workers.