Unity, cohesion and a pink flag

July 25, 2015

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A façade of unity and cohesion continues to be promoted by Cosatu and, even more interestingly, by the SA Communist Party that is itself under pressure break from the ANC-led alliance. This pressure comes members who believe that party offers a radical alternative. But perhaps the SACP's red flag is now just "palest pink".

A case of confusion, contradiction & irony

July 21, 2015

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Behind a very flimsy screen of unity and cohesion promoted last week by Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini, the divisions in the country’s largest labour federation have become even greater. And, amid a welter of contradiction and debates about constitutionality, it is not surprising that so much confusion reigns.

Marikana, Aurora: where the buck should stop

July 5, 2015

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Two of South Afr1ican labour’s greatest modern tragedies provided a media focus over the past week or so: Aurora and Marikana. The buck — the responsibility — for both should top at the highest levels if there is to be any hope of real change

Why trade unions are even more relevant today

June 27, 2015

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As the micro chip rvolution continues to gain pace, trade unions — as democratic organisations of the sellers of labour — are probably more relevant now than they have ever been. Especially for anyone who feels that democracy is an important concept.

South Africa on a “slippery slope”

June 24, 2015

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Is South Africa on the slippery slope to authoritarianism? It’s a valid question to ask since both the Cosatu and the national constitutions have been undermined. And they were both, in their own way, flag bearers of the democratic promise of the new South Africa.

The real causes of our economic distress

June 24, 2015

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Blinded by the chimera of Stock Exchanges and the smoke and mirrors of booming futures and derivatives trading, mainstream economists and commentators lost sight — if ever they had it — of the real productive economy. Their god was profit and their church, the market. Now the system has failed.

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A desperate need for radical change

June 15, 2015

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Over more than a century there have been warnings that the current global economic crisis would arrive — and what would be the cause. Yet most mainstream economists and commentators persist with an almost religious belief that somehow, sometime, the tide will turn and all with reurn to as it was. It will not.

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