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SA education unions demand suspension of schooling – as 10,000 schools...

LESS than two weeks after schools re-opened in South Africa, there have been growing calls to suspend schooling as many schools have recorded positive...

South African miners–hundreds of coronavirus cases

SOUTH Africa’s mining companies have recorded hundreds of Covid-19 cases, with most not complying with government measures – and also not complying with requirements...

SAFTU honours memory of Soweto youth 1976

AS SAFTU (the South African Federation of Trade Unions) honours the memory of the youth of Soweto 1976 – and as the Black Lives...

SAFTU condemns assassination of community leaders!

SAFTU (the big South African Confederation of Trades Unions) has strongly condemned ‘the low-intensity war against working-class activists!’ In a statement earlier this week, SAFTU...

‘Opening schools at this stage would be committing genocide’ – Educators...

‘THERE is no way schools can be opened at this stage because that would be committing genocide,’ Educators Union of South Africa (EUSA) Secretary...

NUM & AMCU oppose reopening of mines in South Africa

THE South African mining sector’s two union rivals – the NUM and AMCU – have a common cause: Strident opposition to the reopening of...

‘No return under unsafe conditions’ say South African teachers

‘OUR INPUT on reopening schools during lockdown is being ignored’ say South African unions. Two of the country’s biggest unions have indicated that they will...

SAFTU celebrates the International Day of the Nurse – condemns government...

THE SOUTH African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU), on this day when the world celebrates the International Day of the Nurse and the 200th...

‘Workers Should Down Tools If They Feel Unsafe’ – Cosatu

WORKERS should be allowed to down tools if their employers fail to provide them with masks and other protective gear in line with the...

‘South African mine companies exposing workers to risk of virus’ says...

THE KIMBERLEY Region of the NUM (National Union of Mineworkers) has expressed its disappointment and concern following the decision by Gwede Mantashe, South Africa’s...

South African Farmworkers Facing Hunger Two Weeks Into Lockdown!

ON April 9th South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the lockdown to disrupt the transmission of Covid-19 in the country would be ‘extended...

‘Healthcare workers … are our soldiers being sent into war without...

‘HEALTHCARE workers are our soldiers on the front line, and they are literally being sent into war without any weapons,’ insisted Numsa general secretary...

‘When companies are exempted the whole process is a circus’ says...

WORKERS in Zimbabwe have expressed dismay at the lack of seriousness on the government’s part, after it exempted more companies to operate during the...

Police shoot two SA nurses during Covid-19 transport confusion!

TWO SOUTH African Free State nurses were shot with rubber bullets by police last Tuesday in Welkom, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers...

Zimbabwe trade unions ‘itching for mass action’ to be paid in...

THE OPPOSITION Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has joined forces with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) to push for salaries in United...

SAFTU demands resignation after attempts to derigister municipal workers union

THE SOUTH African Federation of Trade Unions has called on Labour Registrar Advocate Lehlohonolo Molefe to ‘resign’ – after the labour court suspended as...

South African workers fear a lack of health cover

COSATU – The Confederation of South African Trade Unions – has held a Central Executive Committee workshop to discuss a number of pertinent issues...

Palestinians urge EU to prevent new Israeli settlement

SAEB EREKAT, secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), on Wednesday urged the European Union to intervene to prevent...

South African Telkom to sack 20% of workforce – executives getting...

SOUTH AFRICA’S Communication Workers Union (CWU) secretary-general Aubrey Tshabalala has accused the top executives of the state-owned telecommunications company Telkom of getting rich by...

2019 was a disastrous year for the working class! – says...

THE Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has bemoaned a tough 2019, describing the entire 12 months as ‘annus horriblis’ (Latin word meaning very...

FORWARD TO SOCIALISM IN 2020! – urges the SAFTU federation

THE News Line is pleased to reproduce the Christmas and New Year statement by the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU), edited for...

Ramaphosa is under fire for sacking twenty-two farm workers!

PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa might soon find himself embroiled in a Labour Court battle as Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) is set to take...

‘After years of fighting SA domestic workers are closer to being...

‘ANYTHING can happen,’ says domestic worker Florence Sosiba. ‘I am sitting here in the house. A criminal can come. I am the victim. My...

Numsa SA Workers Vow To Continue Their Strike!

South African Airways (SAA) workers have vowed to continue their strike until the company meets their demands. Numsa members embarked on a strike on Friday...

Anc Government Is Seeking To Make Public Sector Workers Pay For...

AGAINST a background of economic collapse with unemployment rising to nearly 30 per cent, the ANC government of South Africa, driven by the Treasury,...

Algerian riot police invade court to attack judges!

Algerian riot police clashed with judges participating in a nationwide strike on Sunday in the north-western port city of Oran. The judges are pushing for...

South African NUM to march against privatisation of electricity

THE South African NUM (National Union of Mineworkers) has said it will march on the imminent meeting of the ANC National Executive Council, as...

Uni treating workers like slaves! – NUMSA mass picket

AT THE end of last week, members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) staged a mass picket at the University...

South African auto and security workers plan massive campaign of strikes

he National Union for Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has rejected a wage proposal from employers in the motor sector and is set to...

Mustafa Barghouti Slams US-Israeli Campaign Against Palestinian State

Dr Mustafa Barghouti, speaking at the 200-strong Solidarity for Palestine trade union conference on Saturday, warned of the massive campaign by US president Trump...

SA National Banking Strike Banned!

ATTEMPTS to put on trial the most notably capitalist elements of the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ suffered a major blow at the Labour Court of...

Bloodbath Of Jobs At Marikana’s Mines!

WE KNEW there would be a bloodbath of jobs if Sibanye-Stillwater’s acquisition of Lonmin’s Marikana operations was approved by the Competition Commission.’ Association of Mineworkers...

Israel declares war on Palestinian football!

THE EURO-MEDITERRANEAN Human Rights Monitor (Euro-Med) has expressed its ‘deep regret’ at the Israeli District Court’s approval – on a pretext of ‘security concerns’...

50,000 South African bankworkers to strike! – as miners vow to...

Bankworkers union Sasbo (South African Society of Bank Officials) said South Africans should brace themselves for a complete standstill in the financial services sector...

World Climate Strike!

MILLIONS of youth supported by trade unionists walked out of their schools, colleges and universities yesterday, in one hundred and fifty countries across the...

‘THIS IS THE LAST TIME WE COME HERE IN PEACE!’ –...

‘THIS is the last time we come here in peace, when we come here again we will vandalise,’ the leader of hundreds Community Work...

Israeli Occupation Forces Are Seizing The Land!

ISRAELI OCCUPATION FORCES ARE SEIZING THE LAND! THE ongoing seizure of Palestinian land for the expansion of an illegal settlement in the West Bank –...

COSATU condemns political killings and ‘vote buying’ during ANC campaign

SOUTH Africa’s trade union federation COSATU has expressed concern over ongoing factional battles in the governing ANC party, allegations of vote buying by the...

Zarif Arrives In Biarritz For Talks With Macron

IRAN’S Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif suddenly arrived in the French city of Biarritz on Friday, where the G7 meeting of the seven top...

Marikana platinum miners ready to strike for a year!

MORE strife is looming at South Africa’s Marikana platinum mines, as members of Amcu (the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union) warned Lonmin’s new...

Seven Years Since The Marikana Mine Massacre!

‘THEY say in this country we’re free, but only some are free, others are not. A policeman has the power to kill and it’s...

‘We have jumped from the frying pan into the fire’ say...

ALTHOUGH Zimbabwe’s main opposition group, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), called off anti-government protests in the capital Harare at the last minute last...

NUMSA car workers to strike for 20% wage increase!

SOUTH Africa’s automotive sector, already reeling from poor sales, now seems set to suffer a further blow – as carworkers threaten to take strike action...

Day four of Harland & Wolff occupation – South African unions...

THE OCCUPATION of Harland and Wolff, in Belfast in the north of Ireland, is going from strength to strength, now into its fourth day...

Tshwane bus workers strike gridlocks city centre

SOUTH Africa’s administrative capital Tshwane (Pretoria) was gridlocked for a second day on Tuesday as bus drivers disabled their vehicles and the City insisted...

1-metre rule abandoned when schools re-open! – parents to be fined...

THE ONE-METRE distancing rule is to be abandoned in schools when they open in September, the Tory government announced yesterday to the alarm of...