Migrant workers in the South African hospitality sector

The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) hosted a series of workshops on Migrant workers in the South African hospitality sector. In the workshops, participants shared their experiences through our interactive sessions which included individual reflections on the previous workshops, case studies, group work, panel discussions and a review of the proposed toolkit.

 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). Although the national Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has articulated a broad and inclusive vision for organizing workers, including migrants, in reality migrant workers, and more so migrant women remain amongst the most poorly protected in the labour market with disproportionate numbers being self-employed, in informal work or in vulnerable sectors of employment (Budlender 2014; Fauvelle Aymar 2014).



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