Farewell to a lovable revolutionary

December 19, 2014

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Sadie Forman one of the most unconventional, interesting and lovable fighters in the South African anti-apartheid movement, died on the morning of December 11, aged 85. "She was a small woman, but certainly as big as Table mountain."

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Some thoughts for the looming new year

December 15, 2014

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In a world where the overwhelming majority, the working and workless poor, the caring egalitarians and those who daily go hungry amid plenty, wish only to live productive and decent lives in peace. Let their will — our will — be done, says Terry Bell.

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Global hope for worker rights

December 14, 2014

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Through globalisation, capital began the race to the bottom in terms of human and worker rights, wages and conditions. But, courtesy of modern communications technology, unions are now fighting back on a global level, although there is a long way to go.

SA’s domestic workers continue to dream

December 7, 2014

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After nearly 50 uears of organised batling, South Africa's domestic workers still find themselves disadvantaged, their latest minimum pay award being less than half the generally recognised living wage.

Who stands to lose most in SA union fracas

November 30, 2014

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The smallest member of the ANC-led tripartite alliance, the SA Communist Party, looks likely to be the biggest loser in the ongoing and bitter fracas in South Africa's major union federation, Cosatu. That party’s “ten-year plan” looks close to being in tatters.

Lessons SA unions should look to

November 24, 2014

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There is no need for South African unions to travel to Brazil or Bolivia for enlightenment. There are basic facts about the nature of unions to consider — and several lessons to learn that are much closer to home.

Bleak look at SA media freedom

November 24, 2014

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Where in the world has a ventriloquist’s dummy been sued for defamation and won a gagging order in court? Why, in South Africa, of course. This is among the increasingly bizarre contradictions emerging in this once widely hailed “rainbow nation”.

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