Contract cleaning undermines workers' rights to organise and promotes division between workers in the workplace. The employer (client) who contracts the services of the cleaning company creates the basis for vulnerability amongst contract cleaning workers.
Child crime is a growing problem in South Africa. Jacqueline Gallinetti and Maria Djordjevic highlight that children are often used by adults to commit crime. They discuss recent research in this area and steps being taken to address this coercive form of
Comments: By South African Labour Bulletin Comment.
Management-initiated worker participation schemes pose a serious challenge to unions. Welcome Ntshangase and Appollis Solomons suggest how unions can respond creatively by making participation part of the collective bargaining process.
By Zolile Mtshelwane
A dispute over unfair dismissal of four workers at Star Furnishers results in the dismissal of the entire workforce. Six other Afcol plants come out on a legal solidarity strike, and shop stewards take the issue to the first meeting of the giant new S.A. Breweries Shop Steward Council.
Briefings: By South African Labour Bulletin Correspondent.
By Jeremy Baskin.
Briefings: By Ian Macun and Sarah Christie.
Debate around affirmative action has accelerated with recent political changes in South Africa. Unions and employers, and the state itself are beginning to take affirmative action more seriously. Deanne Collins discusses the different perspectives.
Thuli Madonsela analyses the principle applicable to affirmative action for black women into the public sector, and outlines a strategy for public sector unions to follow.
Has affirmative action been effective in redressing racial imbalances given the controversy that has surrounded it since its inception? Nathaniel Ndala attempts to answer this by conducting a research study in a parastatal which historically recruited whit
The affirmative action policy is one of South Africa's most sensitive issues. Neville Alexander argues that affirmative action and black economic empowerment policies perpetuate the racial identities of apartheid. He also considers alternative approaches t
In this article Fiona Dove looks at the gender structure of wages work in South Africa, and union attempts to give women equality in the labour markets.
Briefings: By ILR/IUF.
While the world focused on the anti-globalisation forces demonstrating against the World Bank/International Monetary Fund meeting in Washington at the end of September 2002, the world's poorest countries began a new round of trade talks with the poorest co
The G8 Summit's focus on Africa was the result of years of lobbying and tough diplomacy by African leaders for the world to take Africa seriously. Chris Landsberg explores what Africa asked for, what Africa was prepared to offer the G8 member countries and
Were the London bombing attacks on the opening day of the Gleneagles G8 Summit as much an attack on Africa as on Britain? Francis Kornegay explores this and whether the bombings shifted focus away from African issues.
In the previous Labour Bulletin Michael Bourdillon argued that international standards governing child labour should be more flexible. In the light of his arguments we publish Dan McDougall's description of children mining gold in Mozambique.