South Africa
S'bu Zikode of Abahlali baseMjondolo_Peoples Dispatch “We are committed to seizing true freedom”

S’bu Zikode of Abahlali baseMjondolo, the shack dwellers’ movement of South Africa, talks about the attacks on their occupations, the nature of state response and the possibilities of resistance at a social and political level.

South African Airways strike South African Airways strike concludes as management concedes to unions’ demands

The management has agreed to a wage hike, an education bursary for employees and to set up a task force to review contracts given to private companies. It will also defer retrenchments it had earlier announced

SA Abahlali South African police arrests shack dwellers’ leader for protesting illegal demolitions

Melita Ngcobo, the chairperson of Abahlali baseMjondolo’s Vusimuzi branch in the Tembisa township, was assaulted and arrested while protesting the illegal demolition of shacks, which had been barred by a court

South African Airways strike set to intensify after management withdraws offer

After offering a 8% salary hike and the setting up of a team to look into private contracts, the management suddenly declared it didn’t have the funds for the former and mandate for the latter

South Africa refugees Refugees demanding safety violently evicted from UNHCR premises in South Africa

Around 700 refugees had been camping outside the UNHCR offices in Pretoria since October 8, following a wave of xenophobic violence in the country in September

Workers from subsidiaries of South African Airways likely to join strike

Over 3,000 employees of South Africa Airways are on strike since November 15 demanding an 8% hike in salaries, the scrapping of retrenchment plans and the insourcing of employees. Workers from the airline’s subsidiaries are likely to join the strike too

South African unions_Investment Summit main South African unions call government’s Investment Summit a bluff

Trade unions argue that the summit only raises false hopes of economic revival and demanded that the government, instead, take concrete steps like doubling the corporate tax, setting capital controls and increasing public and social expenditure

South Africa refugees Refugees demonstrating outside UNHCR violently evicted, find refuge in Cape Town church

After a spate of xenophobic violence in September, refugees in Cape Town were conducting a sit-in demonstration outside the UNHCR office when they were attacked and forced to leave on October 30

Eskom South Africa South African unions warn against government’s “rescue plan” for state company Eskom

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.

University of Johannesburg workers continue strike over equal pay for equal work University of Johannesburg workers continue strike over equal pay for equal work

Over 700 workers represented by NUMSA have been on strike since October 3 demanding the university treat them on a par with permanent employees in terms of pay and medical benefits

Motor industry strike in South Africa South Africa motor industry workers set to go on strike

NUMSA which is representing the workers will approach the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration following the failure of talks with employers, who are demanding the in lieu of a salary hike, the union not raise any issues for three years

South African labor court issues interim stay on strike by Air Chef employees South African labor court issues interim interdict on strike by Air Chef employees

Workers of Air Chefs, the catering firm that is a subsidiary of South African Airlines, were set to go on strike on October 7 under the banner of NUMSA after their employer withdrew anniversary bonuses

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