The Black Lawyers Association has taken note of the Workers Day celebrated by the workers worldwide on the 01st May 2018 and pledges its solidarity with all the workers in South Africa and the rest of the world.
We recognise the workers as the backbone and pillars on which the economies of all countries stand and which can develop to their higher levels. The collective strength of the workers is what shapes the development of countries, both socially and economically. Consequently, we call upon all institutions, in the public and private sectors, to always do their best to recognise the contribution made by workers to the economic well-being of our country.
Since time immemorial, workers have tilled the land and are still doing so today to produce food that feeds the nation. Due to the current demands of our economies, the ‘tilling of the land’ has taken various forms and shapes and the workers are the core in all activities. As a symbol of the recognition of this noble contribution which often comes with little appreciation, we urge all institutions to do something tangible within their space that signify their appreciation of the role of workers in our lives. Such appreciation must ensure that workers earn salaries which make them afford decent lives and that their rights as workers are respected. Workers must be provided with the humane and safe working environment.
BLA is concerned that our country still experiences high number of death in the mines. More than 25 miners have lost their lives in our mines since the beginning of the year. It is disheartening to note that in the workers’ month 7 mineworkers died at the Sibanye-Stillwater Gold Mine. BLA calls on all mining stakeholders to improve on mining safety. Avoidable deaths must never be allowed to occur in our mines. Lives of all workers, particularly mineworkers, matter. We send our tribute to the families who lost their loved ones as well as those injured as a result of mining accidents.
For us as the BLA, we PLEDGE to set aside one day in the month of MAY where our members will do a thirty (30) minutes’ free consultation for any worker who approaches them for an advice on labour related issues. We will appreciate it if the most vulnerable class of workers, like mineworkers and domestic workers, would seize this opportunity.
Mr LUTENDO SIGOGO, PRESIDENT
ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE BLACK LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
Contact: Mr Bayethe Maswazi, Head: Policy & Legislation at 082 747 5952