The South African Federation of Trade Unions, which has called for the strike, has put forward demands for a radical change in policy, including measures such as the nationalization of all strategic monopoly industries and a living minimum wage of at least R12,500 (USD $854)
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
Samancor Chrome Limited has cited operational reasons for preparing to retrench nearly 3,000 employees. Workers organized by the National Metalworkers Union of South Africa (NUMSA) are preparing to resist the retrenchments
Union’s solution to the crisis in Eskom is a reversal of the government’s policy of decommissioning Eskom’s power production units and outsourcing the energy requirement to private companies
The year 2019 saw labor actions take place at a historic scale as workers not only fought for better working conditions and wages but for a better future for their countries and the entire world
The leadership of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa met to discuss the various labor disputes in the country, the demands for wage hike, and the state of government-owned enterprises
The “rescue plan” for Eskom unveiled by the South African minister for public enterprises proposes the unbundling of the state-owned company and increases reliance on private Independent Power Producers, which the unions claim, is the root cause of Eskom’s financial troubles.
The economic reforms announced by the National Treasury would weaken labor rights and advocate for the privatization of state-owned enterprises and export-led growth
ArcelorMittal South Africa had earlier announced its plan to retrench more than 2,000 of its 8,769 employees in South Africa. NUMSA has accused the company of taking this decision as a retribution against workers who went on strike in March.
South African unions have resolved to take a strike action should the board of the airline not comply with their demands
The working class majority can never escape the shackles of inequality and poverty if we continue on this disastrous path, says Irvin Jim of NUMSA
In June, Eskom had said that it would offer a ‘0% wage increase’, which was overwhelmingly rejected by the workers and trade unions.