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.
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) will be partnering with the Global Labour University (GLU) at the University of Witwatersrand to run a new short course for South African trade unionists. The aim of the course is to help participants develop capacity for critical thinking and to engage analytically about labour and labour related issues
The Young Independents annually profiles inspiring South Africans that are challenging and changing the game, one action at a times. They refer to these inspiring South Africans as Disruptors.
Mr Khwezi Mabasa, Programme Manager at Friedrich Ebert Stiftung – South Africa Office was identified as one of the 100 young South African Disruptors 2016.
The fragmentation of the trade union movement has incited debates in broader society and academia. Most of the views have been informed by superficial analysis, which is mainly driven by political expediency or poorly researched journalistic narratives. These accounts place emphasis on narrow factionalism and rhetorical public statements. There is a need to transcend these narratives, and develop a fact-based political debate on systemic causes of the crisis, and what opportunities these present for developing alternative models of trade union activism.
The South African Labour Bulletin and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) will provide a platform for this engagement by hosting a discussion on: “New labour formations: Unity, cohesion or fragmentation”?
The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Rhodes University, which includes the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU), will host its Vuyisile Mini Winter School 2016 in Grahamstown on 13-16 July 2015.
This winter school, which is named in honour of a hero of the South African labour movement and liberation struggle, will be aimed at trade union office bearers in the Eastern Cape. It will create a space in which all participants can engage critically with social democratic ideas, particularly as those pertain to the linking of social policy and labour market interventions.
On May 18, the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit,(NALSU) Labour Studies Seminar series, in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and KMMR , will be launching a book on the crisis within the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), both edited by Vishwas Satgar.
Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Chairperson of the National Planning Commission, Jeff Radebe, will deliver the key note address at the Fort Hare Autumn School at an open day taking place on the occasion of the its 5th anniversary.
On 26 April, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) joins the Centenary of the University of Fort Hare by celebrating their joint Fort Hare Autumn School (FHAS) on Social Democracy and Political Economy. To celebrate its anniversary, the FHAS invites you to discuss the state of higher education in South Africa, meet our Alumni and engage with our keynote speaker, Hon. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe.
We were tweeting and streaming live on YouTube from the Daily Dispatch dialogue in East London on 14 March 2016, with Zwelinzima Vavi, Devan Pillay (contributing author) and Sibusiso Ngalwa (Daily Dispatch editor). The event’s discussion was broadly covered in the national news, including the articles in the Daily Dispatch.
South African workers are increasingly earning less while the cost of living is sky rocketing and the country has the scandalous reputation of being the most unequal society in the world. Poverty is high. Unemployment, especially amongst the increasingly militant young people, is growing unabated. In this scenario what transformation then has happened for labour in the last 20 years of democracy?
Join the South African Labour Bulletin in its first public dialogue on union organising, economic restructuring, labour relations and political education, business unionism, and unions and tripartite alliance politics.