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South African textile union wins full pay guarantee during coronavirus lockdown

26 March, 2020IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the South African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has reached an agreement to guarantee six weeks of full pay for 80,000 workers as the country goes into lockdown.

Union educates on COVID-19 as South Africa confirms more cases

19 March, 2020IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU), is carrying out campaigns to educate workers about the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the textile, garment, leather and shoe factories, and other workplaces where the union organizes.

South Africa: 378 trapped mineworkers safely rescued

11 March, 2020378 mineworkers were rescued on 10 March after being trapped underground for nine hours. The workers were trapped when a UV 72 machine used to transport workers and materials underground caught fire at Sibanye Stillwater Simunye Shaft in Rustenburg.

Union challenges unfair retrenchments at Scaw metals in South Africa

10 March, 2020IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), is challenging the dismissal last year of 163 workers at Scaw McKinnon Chain in Vereeniging, near Johannesburg.

Symposium adopts plan to organize and fight precarious work in South Africa’s transport sector

3 March, 2020Unions are determined to organize and fight precarious working conditions of low wages, contract and temporary work, and dangerous working conditions that are prevalent in the transport value chain.

Major unions join high-level transport symposium in South Africa

27 February, 2020Being organized and working together is how we make the biggest impact, said IndustriALL general secretary Valter Sanches at a transport symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa, focusing on how to appeal to the 76 percent of transport workers in the country that are unorganized.

Unions can play an important role in intra-African trade

13 February, 2020Trade unions as workers’ organizations can play important roles in intra-African trade between Sierra Leone and South Africa to ensure sustainable decent work, health and safety, and living wages, says IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the National Union of Mineworkers.

Sustainability and Just Transition key to the future of mining in Africa

6 February, 2020Environmental, social and governance issues remain challenges for the mining industry as it grapples with the new challenges of climate change and Industry 4.0.

Responsible mining protects workers’ and communities’ rights

6 February, 2020With sustainability and responsible mining gaining momentum, the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) standards for responsible mining is emerging as a credible tool for quality assurance. More than 30 representatives from unions, non-governmental organizations and community groups in 12 countries, met in Cape Town on 2 February to discuss how the tool can protect workers and community rights.

Union to negotiate with Glencore over retrenchments at South African smelter

30 January, 2020IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), will meet commodity trader Glencore in consultative meetings about retrenchments at Rustenburg Smelter. The meetings will be mediated by the Commission of Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).