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Labour relations

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Muddled labour broker ruling overturned

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In 2015 a confusing court judgment ruled that labour brokered workers were employed by both the broker and the client company. Lynford Dor tells how on appeal a new judgment states that only the client company is the employer. But this is contested.

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Fees must fall but wages must rise

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With solidarity from the student Fees Must Fall movement in 2015 and 2016, outsourced general workers at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) won a longstanding demand to be insourced. Kally Forrest interviewed workers about the protests and what they won.

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Non-standard employment and labour laws

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The Labour Relations Act (1996) has served its purpose and is a product of its time. Jan Theron argues that certain key assumptions on which it was based no longer apply especially in the
case of non-standard unemployment therefore new laws and strategies are needed.

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Farm worker’s wage

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As living and working conditions for farm workers have remained pathetic their demand for wage increases under the current strike are understandable, writes Saliem Patel.

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Unlocking labour laws

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Can employers change your terms of employment?

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No wage settlement deal in platinum

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Amcu says platinum cartels arrogant. For over three months platinum workers have been on strike demanding a minimum wage of R12,500 – the same demand made by striking mineworkers of whom 34 were shot dead by the police at the Marikana Massacre in 2012.

Workers speak on Midrand dispute

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Every Sunday since 1994 dismissed Midrand municipal workers have been meeting in Ivory Park, Tembisa in Johannesburg to discuss strategies to end the dispute. When Elijah Chiwota attended one of the meetings, the workers – most of them living in poverty and surviving on hand-outs from their families – shared experiences of their long struggle for the dispute to be resolved. He talks to James Sebola Chimurenga, Winnie Sakuneka and Paulina Nkhumane.

Low pay for Gauteng farm workers

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Minimum wages for farm workers are lower than those recommended by the Department of Labour’s sectoral determinations and in some instances workers are given food by employers to supplement their meagre earnings. Where they are not given food but have access, like from the fields, some workers take food home, write Edward Webster, Mbuso Nkosi, Debbie Budlender, Lelanie Williams and Mark Orkin in a study titled: ‘You entered through that gate and you will leave through that gate: the decent work deficit for Gauteng’s farm workers’.

History of worker choirs

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Although worker choirs were part of the trade union movement’s struggle against apartheid they found themselves in a new terrain after democracy in 1994, Busang Moiloa traces their role during this transition.

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Sex work in Namibia

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Government policies in Namibia have identified sex workers as being at high risk of exposure to HIV because they are sometimes raped by clients and even by some members of the police, writes Kgalemang Makgone.

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