Since liberation from apartheid after 1994, the labour market was restructured to relieve employers of their obligations and keep workers on short-term contracts. New forms of work were created where the boss is one's own self-discipline and the formal protections of a job don't exist. This 'casual' labour includes care work, waste picking and call centre sales of insurance or cell phone deals.

As part of its commitment to organising and advancing the rights of marginalised workers, Workers' World Media Productions is bringing such workers together to a conference in Johannesburg, 17-20 February 2016.


The LCMP’s Strategic Objective is to develop a participatory labour movement that uses radio, television and print media as a tool for awareness and education on labour and socio-economic political issues to ensure that the trade union movement and civil society in South Africa and selected Southern African countries is strengthened, informed, mobilized and organised to respond to socio-economic and political challenges that confront it through an extensive media, education and organising strategy.

This is the project that launched our organisation. In 1997, a collective of labour service organisations carried out a radio pilot project, called Workers’ World. It consisted of 12 weekly 30-minute slots on Bush Radio, a Cape Town-based community radio station, focusing on issues relevant to workers and the labour movement.

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