Since the early 2000s we have seen an unexpected – based on previous experience – increase in the influence of occupational and sectional trade unions, which were long scarcely known even to insiders. These organisations are prominent examples of a “new complexity“ in industrial relations, especially collective bargaining, in some parts of the private services sector – and possibly beyond it.
The Integrated Energy Plan has been published for public comment and analysis. All stakeholders have been engaging on South Africa’s energy mix, and how it will contribute to sustainable development. Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Africa will be partnering with both the National Union of Mineworkers and the Sam Tambani Research Institute to discuss the future of energy planning in SA. The focus will be on employment, the just transition and workers interests.
The global economic crisis is characterized by massive socio-economic disparities. Oxfam’s (2016) report entitled: An Economy for the 1% concludes that 62 individuals had the same wealth as 3.6 billion people at the bottom half of humanity. Global food insecurity is also a major concern. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (2012), 868 million people in the world were chronically undernourished in 2012, and 1.52 billion people did not have sufficient food to meet their basic nutritional requirements. This figure declined slightly to 805 million by 2014.
This paper explores the causes of the crisis in South Africa’s trade union movement. It argues that the impasse is multi-layered, and can be attributed to both structural changes in the country’s political economy and organizational challenges. The issues discussed are related to global debates on the state of the left, and what forms of political agency are required to revive labour movements. Some of the key recommendations include: strengthening worker control; rebuilding social movement unionism; reviving autonomous education structures; and advocating for heterodox macro-economic frameworks
Each year Africa loses more money than it receives through official development aid. A great deal of the money ends up in the rich North, through dark channels. As a result, the poorest continent of the world is ironically the net creditor of the world. Professor Léonce Ndikumana, one of the leading experts on the issue of capital flight and development, examines the mechanisms through which African money is leaving the country and outlines strategies to address the problem- both in the Northern and the Southern hemisphere.
pg-journal sees itself as a committed debate platform for questions of international and European policy. We want to not only describe, but also give impulses through critical interpretations and evaluations. The thematic range covers foreign, security, and development policy issues as well as challenges of European integration and global environmental issues.
With offices in more than 100 countries, FES is regularly in touch with a large, yet very unique, diverse and vibrant community of people, partners and friends. Among them are policy makers, young leaders, trade unionists, opinion leaders, researchers and media practitioners in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, in collaboration with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Johannesburg invites you and members of your organisation to
a Public Dialogue on powerful Trade Unions: South African drivers of regional economic growth?
There are 1,2 million migrant workers in South Africa, representing 4% of the labour market, The majority of these are from the region and are employed in precarious and low incomes sectors such as domestic work, agriculture and construction (Statistics South Africa 2012).
The international environment in 2017 is likely to continue to be characterised by change and uncertainty, as evidenced by contemporary political and economic events. These will undoubtedly impact South Africa’s foreign policy.