The workers say Simba has unlawfully been deducting money for transport for the last six years. The company has agreed with the two registered unions at its plant and warehouse, to pay a once-off R30,000 compensation to each worker.
The trade union federation is meeting with the minister of employment and labour regarding the recognition of e-hailing drivers. Photo by Simon Ramapuputla
Unions claim that the labour department is doing the health department’s bidding by proposing to remove community health workers from the public health bargaining council.
The registrar of labour relations says the Simunye Workers Forum does not meet the Labour Relations Act requirements to register as a union.
On the 4th of July the National Public Transport Workers Association (Qina Mshayeli) notified the department of employment and labour of their intent to register the union.
Four members of the Simunye Workers Forum and bystanders were shot on Saturday afternoon after a meeting with the owner of a bakery in Germiston, east of Johannesburg.
The good news that it is indeed a union able to represent workers came sooner than anticipated for Simunye Workers Forum.
The forum argues that it does not want to follow the traditional model of current union structures while the registrar insists that it must for it to be a registered union.
Seasonal workers would battle during off-season to get their unemployment relief. An outreach programme by the labour department’s UIF unit has changed that.
LGBTQI+ workers still face discrimination and harassment in the workplace, exclusion from the labour market, poor working conditions and lower wages, while homophobia limits the inclusion and participation of LGBTQI+ workers within the trade union movement itself.