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South African unions shocked by xenophobia and looting

3 September, 2019From 1-3 September mobs in Johannesburg broke into shops mainly owned by foreign nationals and looted goods. Several cars were torched, a person was shot dead, and others were injured in the mayhem.

Calls to formalize artisanal and small-scale mining in Africa

29 August, 2019Trade unions in Africa are calling for artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) to be formalized as a way of transforming the sector, following a meeting of IndustriALL Global Union mining affiliates in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 21 and 22 August.

Ethiopian and South African unions discuss collective bargaining strategies

20 August, 2019A mission to Cape Town by seven Ethiopian trade unionists, 13-15 August, provided an opportunity for learning and sharing of strategies and tactics on social dialogue and collective bargaining.

Young workers discuss strategies for the future of unions in Africa

29 July, 2019Young workers in Sub Saharan Africa live in a region of high unemployment, inequality, poverty, low manufacturing and declining industrialization. Further, transformation at the workplace is taking place due to Industry 4.0 automation and artificial intelligence. 

Union condemns plans to retrench 2,000 workers at ArcelorMittal South Africa

18 July, 2019The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), has condemned a decision by ArcelorMittal to retrench 2,000 workers without consulting the union as required by law.

Bridgestone global network builds on longstanding health and safety effort

10 July, 2019Leading trade unions at the largest tyre company in the world, Bridgestone of Japan, have coordinated joint action for many years, with a special focus on health and safety.

South African unions optimistic after election of new government

4 June, 2019It has been a busy past few weeks for South African politics following national and provincial elections, and the swearing in of Members of Parliament, the president and cabinet ministers. Unions are optimistic on prospects for job creation and a better economy.

Unionist elected Member of Parliament in South Africa

3 June, 2019It is rare for garment workers to leave their factory machines and swop work clothes for the formal dressing of a country’s parliament. This is the story of a Durban garment worker who recently got elected to South Africa’s sixth parliament.

Law amendment will rid sham cooperatives from South Africa's textile sector

8 May, 2019Taking advantage of loopholes in the laws governing cooperatives, employers in the garment and textile sector have been turning their factories into fake cooperatives to avoid paying decent wages and benefits.

South African women’s council pickets against sexual harassment at UNISA

2 April, 2019In a vibrant picket punctuated by struggle songs, dancing and chanting, over a hundred women from the IndustriALL Global Union National Women’s Council of South Africa (INWC-SA) came from Johannesburg, Pretoria and Rustenburg to demand justice for Gugu Ncube.