Workers On Wednesday 9 May
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207

For the past year, public sector trade unions and their employer, the South African government, have been locked in negotiations for their salary increases. These negotiations take place every three years and the agreement is effective for the same length of time. There is once again a danger of settlement not being reached and possible strike action that could cripple the public service. This is likely to impact severely on South Africans, especially the poor and most vulnerable.

GUESTS

  • Mike Shingange, NEHAWU 1ST Deputy President and the COSATU JMC Convenor
  • Kagiso Mokaila, NUPSAW President

Workers On Wednesday 25 April
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207

Next week, workers and their trade unions in South Africa and all over the world will be celebrating May Day or Workers’ Day on the 1st of May (ironically excepting the USA where a general strike in support of an 8-hour workday in 1886 anointed the date).

After the shake-up of South Africa’s trade union movement over the past three years with the formation of a new federation, there appears to be good news for workers in South Africa on May Day. It seems likely that government will adopt legislation for a National Minimum Wage (NMW) this year that will apply across the board and impact on most sectors of the economy.

So in today’s show we remind ourselves what May Day is all about and assess whether we are still upholding its traditions in relation to this reconfigured trade union movement in South Africa and whether the passing of a NMW is an achievement at all.

GUESTS

  • COSATU: Matthew Parks (Parliamentary Coordinator)
  • SAFTU: Patrick Craven (Spokesperson)
  • FEDUSA: Dennis George (Secretary General)

* Unfortunately, this show could not be recorded since WWMP staff were on the street supporting the national strike.

Workers On Wednesday 20 December
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207

The labour education institution, Ditsela, recently held a conference in Johannesburg. Present were representatives from trade unions, academic institutions and labour service organisations. Historically, workers’ education has been central to strengthening trade unions but in recent times it seems like it has weakened along with a weakening trade union movement. In today’s show we look at workers’ education, its potential for rebuilding our trade unions and the outcomes of the Ditsela Workers’ Education Conference.

GUESTS

  1. Babsi Nhlapho, COSATU Head of Education
  2. Mandla Sishi, Ditsela Programme Officer – Gauteng
  3. Barbara Fourie, FEDUSA Training Coordinator for WC Provincial Executive Council

Workers On Wednesday 29 November
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207 

In recent years there’s been a huge public outcry over government corruption and “state capture”. The media has rightfully paid excessive attention to the issue and the upcoming ANC elective conference. It has also been reported that the country’s annual budget has a shortfall of R50-billion in terms of revenue income. However, it has also been reported, albeit minutely, that several major local and foreign companies have successfully avoided paying tax. And yet these acts of corruption have not been reported on in the mainstream media and nor have the companies been prosecuted. In today’s show we discuss this serious problem of corporate tax-evasion and corruption and its impact on the country and working class people.

GUESTS

  • Dick Forslund, Senior Researcher: Alternative Information and Development Centre
  • Zwelinzima Vavi, SAFTU General Secretary
  • Tafandzwa Kuvheya, Economic Justice Network

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