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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.

Unions support government plan to stop gender-based violence in South Africa

20 September, 2019A woman is killed every three hours in South Africa, according to police statistics. The increasing levels of gender-based violence and femicide in South Africa mean that women are living in fear, and unions are supporting a government emergency plan to stop the violence. 

INTERVIEW: Beauty Zibula

9 January, 2020From factory to parliament in South Africa.

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.

Unions can shape the future of work in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

1 November, 2019Pro-active trade unions can shape and influence the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the digital economy, said a panel of unionists from Germany and South Africa at a Global Labour University  (GLU) conference in Johannesburg on 31 October.

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.

IndustriALL extends full solidarity to NUM

13 December, 2012Following a report to its Executive Committee meeting on a high level mission of IndustriALL affiliates to South Africa, IndustriALL reiterated its unequivocal support for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

South African state utility hit hard by strikes

14 March, 2013Strikes at the construction site of its new power station Medupi and at coal operations of Exxaro Resources add to power company Eskom’s woes to address power supply challenges.

Sactwu stands firm on collective bargaining rights

28 March, 2013Sactwu is considering whether it will appeal a High Court ruling that set aside the Minister of Labour’s decision to extend the 2010 clothing industry wage agreement to companies not party to the clothing industry bargaining council.

7000 South African mineworkers to strike

1 November, 2013Over 7000 members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will on Sunday go on strike at Northam Platinum after the union had served the employer with its intention to strike.