Workers on Wednesday: The DOL's threat of Deregistration - A help or threat to Unions?

Recently, one of the largest and most powerful trade unions in the country, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) was again in the news. This time, not so much for its strike activity, but rather the Department of Labour's threat to deregister the union. Some have speculated that this was due to the trade union's strike activity in the mining industry and opposition to Cosatu affiliated and ANC aligned, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). In today's show we explore this development and more broadly the role of the state in regulating trade unions.

1. Terry Bell, who is an Independent Labour Analyst

2. Ms Sellinah Mahlangu, Directorate for Collective Bargaining at the Department of Labour