Tag Archives: labour

28 Jun|Legislating the National Minimum Wage

Venue: Wits Club Conference Centre, WITS West Campus – Empire Road, Yale Road entrance

The negotiations to introduce a national minimum wage are at an advanced stage at NEDLAC. Dr Shane Godfrey and Mario Jacobs, from the UCT Labour and Enterprise Policy Research Group (LEP), have followed the developments closely and are in the process of finalising a research paper that grapples with how the national minimum wage agreement can best be legislated. This considers questions of the national minimum wage’s relationship with existing laws, as well as the implications for sectoral determinations and bargaining council agreements. The structure of the legislation will have a strong impact on the success of the national minimum wage.

21-23 May|Transnational Worker Solidarity and Global Value Chains.

This project seeks to engage in auto sector specific research in a comparative transnational perspective by drawing on existing global value chain research. Furthermore, the project aims at initiating a transnational dialogue on new organizing approaches and on building (transnational) solidarity along the auto value chain.

2017| Digital Labour Markets in the Platform Economy Mapping the Political Challenges of Crowd Work and Gig Work

The so-called “sharing economy” is gaining momentum. As of 2016, Airbnb is valued at US$25.5 billion, while Uber is valued at US$62.5 billion. The two companies, which are presented as engaged in the “sharing of underutilised assets” – the commercial brokering of accommodation and of transportation, respectively – are now among the most valuable startups on the market.

17 May|Energy choices and the protection of workers interests in South Africa

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.

Occasional Paper| An Empty Pot at the End of the Rainbow? Trade Unions and Twenty Years of Democracy

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

4 May| CCR Public Dialogue on powerful Trade Unions: South African drivers of regional economic growth?

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?

6 Apr|Migrant workers in the South African hospitality sector: A consultative training workshop on organising strategies and tools

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).

3 Mar| SWOP 2017 Breakfast Seminar Series – Work, Water, Community and Livelihood in Peril

Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) presents new research. These papers document the destruction of work, water, community and livelihoods by the current wave of intensified marketisation, posing the question of alternatives for social crisis.

27 Feb | Solidarity Road: The Story of a Trade Union in the Ending of Apartheid

South African trade unions played a key role in the struggle against apartheid. They mobilized workers from various racial backgrounds, and united them in order to challenge subjugation in the authoritarian apartheid political economy. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) South Africa will be partnering with the South African Labour Bulletin (SALB) and the Society Work and Development Institute (SWOP) to launch a book on the history of the Food and Canning Workers Union (FCWU). It is authored by Jan Theron, former general secretary of FCWU.

A DECENT LIFE FOR ALL

Support the call for a meaningful national minimum wage. We believe that the national minimum wage is an important tool in reducing inequality and working poverty, ills that plague our society and prevent a transition away from an apartheid-era existence for many millions in South Africa. A meaningful national minimum wage must cover all workers and provide enough for the basic needs of workers and their dependents to be met. A meaningful national minimum wage must contribute to a decent life for all and enable people to enjoy their right to dignity as guaranteed in the Constitution.