Workers On Wednesday 16 May
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207

The recent drought and water shortages in the Western Cape have highlighted the importance of water in our lives and the need to secure its supply. Other provinces have also faced problems of drought and water shortages as well as poor water management with water supplies being unfit for human consumption due to pollution and poor maintenance. However, these water supply problems are experienced all over the world and it is even predicted that wars will be fought over access to water. How do these problems of water supply impact on working class people?

GUESTS

  • Shaheed Mahomed (WC Water Coalition)
  • Bryan Ashe (KZN Water Caucus)
  • Prof Steven Robins (Dpt of Sociology and Social Anthropology – University of Stellenbosch)

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 28 February
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207

On 22 February the Constitutional Court heard a case lodged by Assign Services that has massive implications for workers in South Africa. The question before the court was whether labour brokered workers who claim their rights to permanent employment and equal treatment under section 198 of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) become the permanent employees of the client company, or of both the client company and the labour broker.

GUESTS

  • Dr Carin Runciman, Casual Workers Advice Office spokesperson
  • Zwelinzima Vavi, General Secretary of South African Federation of Trade Unions

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

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