Soon after the lockdown began in South Africa, security forces patrolling the streets of Johannesburg were seen chasing homeless people with batons. Later in the afternoon, eight shacks were demolished in eThekwini municipality, while 17 have been marked for demolition in Durban
Shack-dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo, along with 26 other social justice organizations, has called for a moratorium against evictions and the stoppage of water and electricity supply to self-laid connections in settlements in South Africa
Members of NUMSA have been on strike since February 11 at the Rheinmettal Denel Munition production factory, the company has employed un-trained temporary workers to undermine the strike, putting public safety at risk
Workers had begun a sit-in strike underground in Lanxess’s Rustenburg mine on February 17 against various issues, including sexual harassment and the exploitation of contract workers at the mine
The unions argued in court that proper consultations were not held with them before deciding on retrenchment packages
Though the organization supports the provision for land appropriation, they believe land-reform must be made from below
The two workers who were killed in separate attacks last month had exposed corruption in the financially strapped municipality of Amathole in Eastern Cape province. The provincial government has been forced to order a forensic investigation after widespread outrage by unions
The unions are appealing to a higher court after a labor court ruled against the their application seeking an interdiction against SAA’s decision to close 11 routes. The unions are arguing that it will lead to retrenchments
Along with the cancelation of these domestic routes, the workers employed will also be retrenched. This lay-off is in violation of the collective agreement reached between the workers and the management in November 2019.
The workers were dismissed after they launched an ‘unprotected’ strike on January 24. The reinstatement comes as the strike action has taken a heavy toll on the company’s vehicles production
Members of South Africa’s Shack Dwellers Movement were attacked by a mob of ruling ANC’s supporters after the councilor unfairly allotted the land meant for the community to ANC supporters
The labor dispute was finally settled with the signing of a wage agreement, which prevented the looming strike action.