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Workers No Longer Trust Unions – SAIRR

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says that South African workers no longer trust trade unions.

In its latest survey, SAIRR’s Boitumelo Setlhatswe is of the view that the trade unions lose control of the workshop floor.

The report indicates that registered union membership have declined by 26 percent between 1994 and 2014, adding that it also shows that the number of registered trade unions decreased by 14 percent between 1994 and 2014.

The Need for Stronger Alliances Between Workers’ Movements and Development NGOs

Development non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are deepening their understanding of the causes inequality and poverty, and so building up a political agenda and movement to tackle it. There has been vital new thinking about the need to ensure fair and progressive taxation as one of the means to ensure the capacity of states to provide better services to citizens, and thus contribute to reducing inequality. Other measures such as redistribution of assets through land reform have also been highlighted as critical.

Support Justice for Sun City Workers

A few weeks ago, Sun City employees downed tools after discovering that the resort’s management had allegedly installed hidden cameras, without informing workers. This subsequently led to dismissal of hundreds of workers, accused by Sun City of ‘stealing food and beverages’.

During the strike, workers were shot at leading to the admission of three people into hospital, with one of them in a critical state after being shot with live ammunition.

Partner Africa: Associate Lead Auditor

Partner Africa is a leading not-for-profit social enterprise and a pioneer in the field of ethical and socially responsible business practice. The organisation is driven by a social mission to improve the livelihoods of workers and producers, while assisting access to international supply chains, bridging the gap between Africa and the international community.

Partner Africa seeks to appoint a Social Compliance Lead Auditor in South Africa.

DENOSA Urges the NCOP to Consider Amending the LRA Amendment Bill

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) would like to support the union federation Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in urging the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) to amend subsection 69(12) (c) of the Labour Relations Amendment Bill, which was passed by the National Assembly on Tuesday, 20 August 2013, as it grants the powers to the Labour Court to suspend a protected strike or picket entirely instead of interdicting the specific unlawful actions within a strike or picket.

Cry, the Beloved Country; Cry, the Beloved Federation

As the anniversary of the Marikana massacre dawns, this week has also seen the anniversary of one of the watershed moments in the resistance movement during the 1980s – also led by the workers. One can only hope that this latest watershed can be managed by extraordinary leadership that can guide us to much-needed development in our country, without further bloodshed.

Two events, separated by two-and-a-half decades, define our journey to democracy.

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