Workers On Wednesday 15 November
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207 

This week we have a special show with international journalist, author, political commentator and documentary filmmaker, John Pilger, who is visiting South Africa as a guest of the Abdulhay Saloojee Trust. He will be talking to us and sharing his wide knowledge of the world of well over five decades of experience. We’re particularly keen to hear his views on the state of the world, South Africa and its impact and the future of the working class.

Workers On Wednesday 8 November
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207 

In last week’s show we look at the problem of occupational health and safety in South Africa. This week we follow the issue up and look at the compensation that workers can expect when they are injured or contract a disease as a result of conditions at workplaces. Central to determining compensation for workers affected by injuries at work or work-related diseases is a piece of legislation known as the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act or simply COIDA. In this show we will learn more about this legislation and its importance.

GUESTS

  • Puleng Mminele, NUMSA national coordinator of occupational health and safety
  • Dr. Spo Kgalamono, Head of Department Occupational Medicine, National Institute for Occupational Health, and senior lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand

Workers On Wednesday 1 November
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207 

South Africa is still plagued by an unusually high number of deaths, accidents and work-related illnesses. Mine, farm, construction and chemical work is very hazardous and horrific deadly accidents occur regularly, with many not being reported in the media. The mining industry is one that has a particularly high mortality rate, of those miners still toiling underground and those dying slow and painful deaths from occupational respiratory diseases years after their retrenchment or retirement.

Why is it that we have good protective legislation around health and safety in the workplace, yet we have so many problems with workers risking their lives daily just to earn a living?

GUESTS

  • Bulelwa Huna, Senior Specialist, Occupational Health, Safety and Hygiene, Department of Labour
  • Bomeshia Retief, Case worker, Industrial Health Resource Group
  • Paul Bester, Cosatu Western Cape educator and organiser

 

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

Call in number 089 110 4207 

Due to the legacy of Apartheid, we still experience widespread gender and racial discrimination at South African workplaces. The Employment Equity Act was specifically formulated and developed by the government to correct the problem of workplace discrimination. However, the problem of racism and sexism in the workplace still continues and in today’s show we look at what trade unions and the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) have done in recent times to combat it.

GUESTS

  • Mduduzi Khumalo, CCMA
  • Andile Ngqameka, W. Cape regional chairperson, SA Commercial, Catering & Allied Workers Union

 

Workers On Wednesday 18 October
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207 

This year marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution of October 1917. For several decades it represented the greatest moment in the history of working class struggle for many workers and poor people all over the world. It was the first time that the working class wrested power from its ruling class through a process of revolutionary struggles and their own organs of power (Soviets). The Russian Revolution had immediate international ramifications and has a legacy that still lives with us today. In view of the degeneration of the USSR under Stalin’s leadership and its eventual collapse with other Eastern Bloc countries in 1989, should working class and poor people all over the world be celebrating the centenary of the Russian Revolution?

GUESTS

  • Prof Peter Alexander, Director of the Centre for Social Change, University of Johannesburg
  • Dale Forbes, independent analyst

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