Unions and NGOs convened a meeting this Saturday to build a collective response to the housing crisis in inner city Johannesburg.
The public discourse on ‘illegal’ mining or zama-zamas has reached fever pitch with communities on Johannesburg’s west rand erupting in protest this week against the violence of zama-zama gangs. Here, David van Wyk explores ten points to get behind this ‘confusion’ or lack of critical thinking.
The trade union federation is meeting with the minister of employment and labour regarding the recognition of e-hailing drivers. Photo by Simon Ramapuputla
The registrar of labour relations says the Simunye Workers Forum does not meet the Labour Relations Act requirements to register as a 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.
The retail company has been attacking members of the union, suspending and dismissing hundreds of workers for participating in pickets and the strike.
Union lambasts Walmart’s union bashing and “bully-boy” tactics.
There was no looting or any of the public violence that occupied media attention in the build-up to the shutdown.
Saftu’s support for an action led by the EFF threatens to sow division within the federation say critics.
The union has hailed the strike as a success for forcing the government back into the bargaining council and securing gains for their members before this year’s wage negotiations even begin.