Workers On Wednesday 12 July
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Labour Voices on the Airwaves!

South Africa is reputed to have among the highest costs of telecommunications in the world. Of particular concern is the high costs of cellular phone communication and data required to also access the internet. This problem has been highlighted by the ruling party and government officials for several years but no significant changes have come about. Workers on Wednesday discusses the problem of the high cost of telecommunications, its impact on the majority of South Africans and what solutions are possible.

GUESTS:

Nathan Bowers, Communications Workers Union

Thuli Ngubane, Amandla.Mobi

Biko Mutsaurwa, Right to Know (R2K)


Also:

lived costs of communications

What is the real cost of communications for ordinary people?

The Right2Know campaign, in collaboration with the LINK Centre at Wits, conducted a study on the lived cost of communications in South Africa. It explores these lived experiences in depth and asks ordinary South Africans in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town if they feel they are getting the quality of service and value for money they expect. Download the report

 

 

 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

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