Workers On Wednesday  6 September
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 few years major concerns have been expressed by civil society and the media about the environmental crisis. However, it is not clear what the trade union movement’s positions are and whether they will seek to influence government and big business to deal with the environmental crisis. In this show we discuss the trade union view on issues related to the environment and how they plan to influence and ensure positive change.

GUESTS

  • Lebogang Mulaisi - COSATU Social Policy Coordinator
  • Phakamile Hlubi - Media Officer and Spokesperson for Numsa

 
 

Workers On Wednesday  28 August
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

It has been seven years since striking miners at Marikana were shot down and 34 killed by police. It is regarded as the worst episode of state repression and violence in democratic South Africa. Despite the recommendations by the Farlam Commission for further investigations and prosecutions, as well as compensation to the families of those who were killed and injured, little progress has been made. There are no signs of justice being served and in today’s show we discuss the impact on the victims of this horrific event and the prospects of justice and compensation.

GUESTS

  • Nomzamo Zondo - Director of Litigation at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI)
  • Andries Nkomo - attorney representing the widows and families of Marikana massacre victims

 
 

Workers On Wednesday  23 July
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

Workers on Wednesday has at times over the years focused on the crisis at Eskom and its impact on working class people. Power outages or “load-shedding” by the state electricity generator caused the contraction of the economy in the first quarter of this year and impacted our daily lives. The crisis has led to steep increases in the price of electricity and lately it seems also to be threatening Eskom workers’ job security. In today’s show we focus on the latest developments in the context of the government’s “New dawn” and implications for Eskom workers and working class communities. With us to discuss this we have

GUESTS

  • Phakamile Hlubi - spokesperson, National Union of Metal Workers of SA (Numsa)
  • Sandra Van Niekerk - senior researcher, Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC)

 
 

Workers On Wednesday  10 July
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

 

 South Africa's rate of unemployment is at 40% in terms of the expanded definition and job-losses due to company retrenchments are continuing. South Africa is also reputed to have the highest level of inequality in the world. While the government has continued to fail to deliver on promises of job-creation, many unemployed people are creatively surviving and ensuring their own livelihoods while simultaneously contributing to a cleaner environment. One such group is the growing number of waste-pickers.

GUESTS

 

Workers On Wednesday  29 May
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

 

While the new national minimum wage took effect this year, millions of workers are still reliant on the country’s collective bargaining system where trade unions and employers negotiate for wage increases and improvements to various conditions of employment. During the 1980s most wage negotiations were done annually at company level. However, over the past two decades most wage agreements have been for a 3-year period and dealt with at centralized bargaining council level. This year there are a few negotiations taking place in key sectors such as platinum mining and a few major ones in 2020. In this week's Workers on Wednesday slot we get an overview of what to expect in the forthcoming wage negotiations.

GUESTS

  • Phakamile Hlubi-Majola - National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa spokesperson
  • George Mthethwa - Labour Research Service

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