Workers On Wednesday  13 November
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online
Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
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Two weeks ago a conference was held at the University of the Western Cape that focused on the changes in, and the future of, the agriculture industry and its likely impact on the livelihoods of farmworkers and their communities. Our guests in this show attended the conference and share their foreboding.

GUESTS

  • Roseline Engelbrecht - Labour Rights Programme Coordinator for the Women on Farms Project in Stellenbosch
  • Professor Andries Du Toit - Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (Plaas), University of the Western Cape


 

Workers On Wednesday  6 November
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

Last week Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, delivered his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) to Parliament and the nation. Described as an austerity budget that has won support from big business, the minister has put forward proposals for deep cuts in the state’s budget. Cosatu unions and Saftu have threatened resistance and even 'war' with the state. In today’s show we look closely at the MTBPS and its implications for the broader working class.

GUESTS:

  • Hameda Deedat - Acting Executive Director at Naledi, the research arm of Cosatu's Research Unit
  • Dr Dale McKinley - independent political and labour analyst


 

Workers On Wednesday  30 October
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online
Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Call in number 089 110 420
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It seems like Apartheid and its racist legacy have still not been eradicated from the workplace and the economy. From time to time we learn of extreme, racially motivated acts of violence against black workers as well as various forms of racial discrimination against them. On the other hand, some white workers and their trade unions like Solidarity have expressed concern about discriminatory practices against their members due to affirmative action legislation. After 25 years of democracy, do South African workplaces and the economy still remain untransformed? Is racism ever going to be eradicated? If so, how will it happen?

GUESTS

  • Zwelinzima Vavi – SAFTU General Secretary
  • Dr Ebrahim Harvey – political writer, analyst, author and former trade unionist


 

Workers On Wednesday  23 October
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

Domestic workers are at the heart of reproductive labour required by society and the economy. The vast majority of domestic workers are women and their labour remains grossly undervalued. They have been part of struggles for several decades in South Africa to secure worker rights and while being conditionally included in the LRA and Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), they still remain excluded from the protection of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA). In today’s show we discuss this issue and how they will extend their rights to be covered by COIDA.

GUEST

  • Gloria Kente - Organizer and Gender Co-ordinator of the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (SADSAWU)


 

Workers On Wednesday  16 October
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

About two weeks ago, South Africa was on the brink of the biggest strike in the banking sector for nearly 100 years. The strike threatened to bring the country’s economy to a standstill with major ramifications for everyone. However, Business Unity South Africa successfully managed to interdict the strike via the Labour Court. The strike was declared unprotected and then called off by the union and its federation, Cosatu. In today’s show we get a sense of the reasons for the banking sector strike and whether and when it is still likely to happen.

GUESTS

  • Joe Kokela - General Secretary of the Cosatu-affiliated South African Society of Bank Officials (Sasbo)
  • Matthew Parks - Cosatu Researcher and Parliamentary Co-ordinator

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