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

Workers On Wednesday 22 November
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207 

South Africa has a high unemployment rate of up to 40% of the working population and over the years there have been a few initiatives to address the crisis. In 1998, the trade union movement formed the Job Creation Trust after the National Presidential Jobs Summit. Trade union members contributed a day’s salary to the Trust and their unions made donations enabling the fund to accumulate R100-million.Other initiatives include the AIDC’s 1 million Climate Jobs Campaign.

In this edition of Workers on Wednesday we revisit these job creation initiatives and find out if they are or can make a dent in our crisis of unemployment.

GUESTS

  1. Dominic Brown, One Million Climate Jobs Campaign
  2. Tony Ehrenreich, COSATU Provincial Secretary WC
  3. Job Creation Trust

Workers On Wednesday 29 November
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207 

In recent years there’s been a huge public outcry over government corruption and “state capture”. The media has rightfully paid excessive attention to the issue and the upcoming ANC elective conference. It has also been reported that the country’s annual budget has a shortfall of R50-billion in terms of revenue income. However, it has also been reported, albeit minutely, that several major local and foreign companies have successfully avoided paying tax. And yet these acts of corruption have not been reported on in the mainstream media and nor have the companies been prosecuted. In today’s show we discuss this serious problem of corporate tax-evasion and corruption and its impact on the country and working class people.

GUESTS

  • Dick Forslund, Senior Researcher: Alternative Information and Development Centre
  • Zwelinzima Vavi, SAFTU General Secretary
  • Tafandzwa Kuvheya, Economic Justice Network

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.

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