Roger Ronnie is a researcher and facilitator with the Social Law Project (SLP), situated in the Law Faculty at the University of the Western Cape. He has vast field experience in the field of public sector employment having being a trade unionist for 23 years in the local government sector.
He played a central role in the formation of the South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC). Roger also formed part of the organized labour team that negotiated amendments, at the tripartite National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), to the essential service provisions of the Labour Relations Act.
His work at SLP has focused mainly on workers in precarious and vulnerable forms of employment, such as domestic workers and street vendors. This included work on an ILO funded project on the feasibility of the establishment of co-operatives as a means of economic empowerment for domestic workers in South Africa. He has also contributed to a year-long empowerment programme for domestic workers focusing on human rights, domestic workers and labour law, and appropriate forms of organization for the sector. Roger has recently formed part of the team that drafted a series of four papers that form part of the ILO’s Future of Work Initiative, aimed at facilitating debate amongst social partners in NEDLAC.
Roger also facilitates labour law programmes offered by SLP for continuing education students and provides student support to Post Graduate Diploma in Labour Law students.
[with du Toit, D] ‘Regulating the Informal Economy: Unpacking the Oxymoron’ (2014) 35 Industrial Law Journal 1802
[with du Toit, D and Jacobs M.] “Revisiting Strikes in Essential Services” in (2018) 39 Industrial Law Journal 2131-2147.
[with Cooney, S., du Toit D., Fragale, R. and Sankaran, K.] “Building BRICS for Growth?”: Chapter 14 in Matthew W. Finkin & Guy Mundlak (eds) Comparative Labor Law (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK • Northampton. MA. USA, 2015)
[with du Toit D and Jacobs, M.] “South Africa” in Moroni M. and Schlachter M. (eds) Regulating Strikes in Essential Services: A Comparative ‘Law in Action’ Perspective (Kluwer Law International, Alphen aan den Rijn, 2019) 373
[ with du Toit D.]The necessary evolution of strike law in Reinventing Labour Law edited by Rochelle Le Roux and Alan Rycroft (eds).
[with du Toit D., Jacobs M., Godfrey S. and Mullagee F.] “An investigation into how non-standard and informal workers can address their vulnerability – A case study of the Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain townships” (Labour and Enterprise Policy Research Group, University of Cape Town, and Social Law Project, University of the Western Cape, March 2017).
[with Benya A., Tame B., Chinguno C., du Toit D., Jacobs M., Godfrey S., Lorgat A., Collier C., Fergus, E., Mullagee F. and Basson Y] “International Labour Organization Future of Work Initiative: South Africa” (Labour and Enterprise Policy Research Group, University of Cape Town, and Social Law Project, University of the Western Cape, March 2017).