A paradox for post May Day focus

May 3, 2015

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It’s a great paradox: as food production has increased, so too, has the amount of hunger in the world. And not because of a rapidly increasing population — there is actually enough food to adequately feed everyone.

SA ‘workers’ party': a revision of the past?

April 28, 2015

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Faced with what appeared to be a veritable swamp of ideology at a “socialist movement” conference in Boksburg this month, the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) has embarked on the process of creating a “Marxist, Leninist, revolutionary working class” political party. However, Numsa also facilitated the Boksburg conference, where representatives from 11 political groups or […]

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SA xenophobia – a personal comment

April 19, 2015

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Watching the xenophobic filth that has again risen to the surface of our proclaimed democratic and supposedly humane society, I feel like demanding: Do not forgive us, for know exactly what we do.

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The ticking time bomb of Swaziland

April 19, 2015

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There is official silence in South Africa silence about the feudal monarchy in Swaziland. As a result, labour activists have every right to ask whether the “beacon of hope and democracy” that SA was professed to be is being dimmed by the acceptance of autocracy and so-called traditional cultural values.

Some light amid the labour gloom

April 19, 2015

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News on the labour front over the recent past — and the past week — has involved ongoing infighting, death threats, an assassination and the petrol bombing of a union president’s house. Little wonder then that an important labour law development — esepcially the "three-month rule" — has gone largely unnoticed.

Cosatu: the end draws nigh

April 6, 2015

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So the slow-motion disintegration of Cosatu seems likely to continue, whatever the efforts of the ANC, the decisions of the courts or the votes at whatever national congress is finally staged. After 30 years of sporadic squabbling about party politics, bureaucracy and worker independence, it now appears that an end of some kind is nigh.

Eskom: wake-up call to SA govt & unions

March 22, 2015

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The generating and distribution problems at South Africa's power utility, Eskom amount to perhaps the greatest crisis ever to face the country's fragile, non-racist democracy, especially given the global economic climate. It provides a wake-up call to both government and the unions.

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