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- South Africa's Bill on Labour Relations
- 1 May 1995. The workers of South Africa celebrated the first
year of the new democracy and the first May Day under a new
government. The proposed Bill on Labour Relations is perhaps
one important achievement of the workers because once it is
passed, it will provide workers with rights and protection.
- Worker Mass Action
- Mayibuye, July 1995. Workers took to the streets to
press home their demand for a worker-friendly Labour Relations
Act. Negotiations between business and labour in the National
Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) had by the
end of June not yet found a resolution to their differences.
- S. African parliament hit by workers' protest
- Agence France Presse. 10 June, 1996. Workers protest a decision to
dock a day's pay for their participation in a strike held at the end of
April in support of the COSATU's national one-day strike against lockouts
being written into the new constitution, which was then being negotiated.
- Labour Roars Some More
- By Gumisai Mutume, IPS, 21 August 1997. South African unions
engage in mass action over new labour legislation, the Basic
Conditions of Employment (BCOE) bill -- scheduled to go next
month before a parliamentary committee on labour -- igniting
strike action throughout the country.
- Single Mother Fights for Women in the
- By Sechaba ka'Nkosi, Mail and Guardian, 10 July
1998. A single mother's mission to
ensure that the largely masculine metal industry respect its
female employees. She became a crane
driver after being employed as a cleaner. Today, Chiya is a
health and safety representative at a Germiston company that once
tried to frustrate her every attempt to tackle male supremacy.
- August 19 strike will open offensive on Gear
- Business Report, 6 August 1998. A 24-hour general strike
in Mpumalanga is the opening shot in a challenge to the government's
macro-economic policies. Because of the bitter battle over water
privatisation in Nelspruit, there was also a degree of inevitability
about Mpumalanga being the flashpoint.