Workers On Wednesday  22 May
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online
Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
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Since the widespread outbreak of xenophobic violence in many townships in 2008, it seems to have become a feature of service delivery protests in working class communities.

What starts out as a protest against poor service delivery in terms of housing issues or crime and inadequate policing often escalates into violence and looting that targets spaza shops owned by African or Asian migrants.

GUESTS

  • Dr. Trevor Ngwane - United Front
  • Prince Abenge - Africa Unite

 

 

Workers On Wednesday  15 May
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The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), one of the largest and most powerful trade unions in the country, has recently been in the news again: for leading a five-month long strike at Sibanye Stillwater, ended last month, and for the Department of Labour’s threat to deregister the union. Some have speculated that this was due to the trade union’s strike activity in the mining industry and opposition to Cosatu-affiliated and ANC-aligned, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

In this week's edition of Workers on Wednesday, we explore this development and more broadly the role of the state in regulating trade unions.

GUESTS

  • Terry Bell – Independent Labour Analyst
  • Sellinah Mahlangu – Department of Labour


 

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

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The most notable trends affecting labour this year include the consolidation of the division of the trade union movement with the development of new federation, SAFTU, the repeated attempt by established trade unions to persuade government and big companies to create jobs, and the passing of new labour laws that include a national minimum wage and greater controls over workers’ and unions’ right to strike. In the final Workers on Wednesday show for 2018, we assess the experiences of the past year for labour and what 2019 holds in store for workers and their trade unions.

GUESTS

  • Matthew Parks – COSATU Parliamentary Coordinator
  • Andre Adams – SAFTU Western Cape Secretary

 

 

Workers On Wednesday  5 December
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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Since 1994, the African National Congress has consistently captured the majority of black working class voters. Consequently it has been the ruling party since the first democratic elections. But in recent years it has suffered a major credibility crisis due to its brutal repression of strikes and protests, failures to deliver services to poor communities, mismanagement and corruption, as well as direct theft from the poor as in the SASSA and VBS cases. Already, this has caused the ANC to lose power in major metros such as Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay. In today's show, we assess and analyse where the votes of the majority of South Africans, the black working class, are likely to go.

GUESTS

  • Shaheed Mohamed - Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party
  • Dale Forbes - independent political analyst

Workers On Wednesday  28 November
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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The cost of living is ever increasing for the majority of people in South Africa while their income at the same time has been in steady decline. Many struggle to cope with paying for food, housing, travel, school-fees and other living expenses. In our reality of widespread poverty, many people turn to borrowing money. Little wonder then that South Africans are ranked as being among the most indebted in the world. They mainly borrow from family and friends, but for many, private informal money-lenders are the easiest and quickest way of obtaining extra cash.

However, this leads many workers into a permanent debt trap, often ending up with nothing at the end of the week or month. What is being done about chronic debt and is there a solution?

GUESTS

  • Dr Dale McKinley - Right2Know

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