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. But how have these problems of water supply impacted on working class people?

Cape Town

V&A Waterfront 6
Sat 2 June / 3.30pm + Q&A
Thu 7 June / 8.15pm + Q&A

Isivivana Auditorium, Khayelitsha
Sun 10 June / 6pm

Johannesburg

Rosebank
Sat 9 June / 5.45pm

Director Martin Jansen  Country South Africa  Year 2017 Duration 89 minutes

Book tickets online: http://www.encounters.co.za/booking-info/

Freedom Isn’t Free challenges the ANC government with its failure to bring into being the words and resolutions of the Freedom Charter signed at Kliptown in 1955 when, from all over the country, Congress of the People delegates assembled to forge a new path for South Africa.  Using excellent archival footage, intercut from that past into the present and informative commentary by new and older generations, the film demonstrates that for the overwhelming majority of South Africans, housed in sprawling shanty-towns, there has been little advance since apartheid ended – neither economically or educationally.

Over the past few years the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), has been negotiating for a National Minimum Wage and amendments to our current labour laws. NEDLAC has reached an historic agreement for a national minimum wage of R3500 but at the same time proposed amendments to labour laws that impact on workers and trade unions ability to organise strikes. These amendments have now been submitted to parliament for adoption. They were meant to be signed into law on 1 May but the process has been delayed. So what will the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and the labour law amendments mean for workers and trade Our guests in studio are:

  • Thembinkosi Mkalipi - Chief Director: Labour Relations, Department of Labour
  • Carin Runciman - Casual Workers Advice Office Management Committee Member
  • Johan van Niekerk - Lead Negotiator of Fedusa
  • Nyaniso Siyana - Saftu Deputy Chairperson
  • Matthew Parks - Cosatu Parliamentary Coordinator.

Watch the show on Cape Town TV ch 67 & ch 32 and DSTV ch 263
Thursdays 7 p.m. Sundays 6:30 p.m.

Workers' World Labour Show 7 December


Labour law amendment bills - a victory or setback for workers?

On 17 November, three labour bills were gazetted. These bills propose major changes to workers’ rights with amendments to the Labour Relations Act (LRA) and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) as well as the introduction of the National Minimum Wage bill. In the next show airing on 7 December, we assess the impact that these bills are likely to have on workers and the labour market if passed.

Over the past number of years, the cost of living has increased for the majority of people in South Africa. Many struggle to cope with paying for food, housing, travel, school-fees and all other living expenses. In our reality of widespread poverty, many people turn to borrowing money. Little wonder then that a recent World Bank report based on a survey conducted in 2014 ranks South Africans as being the highest money borrowers in the world. They mainly borrow from family and friends (71%) but for many, private informal money-lenders are the easiest and quickest way of obtaining extra cash. However, this causes many workers to be in a permanent debt trap, often ending up with no wages at the end of the week or month. What is being done about and is there a solution?

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