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2017

No to waste contractors

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One section in Labour Bulletin is called ‘In the Union’. But whereas in the 1980s this created an instant notion of a national industrial union, the ideas ‘national’, ‘industrial’ and ‘union’ are now contested.

Sugary drinks tax

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Why trade unions can support it? 

The Treasury has proposed a tax on sugary drinks. This is opposed by sugar companies and some trade unions on the grounds of job losses. Tracey Malawana explains how

the tax will save thousands of lives and that the sugar industry is in rapid decline and jobs are, and will be, lost for other reasons than the tax.

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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Grievance to Collective Action

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Contrary to stories many unions tell the Casual Workers Advice Office (CWAO) believes the mainly labour brokered workers it services can be successfully organised. Indeed the article documents many victories.

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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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