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Voting is over — new battles begin

May 11, 2014

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South Africa's 2014 election is over, but for many participants it will be recriminations rather than celebrations that will follow a watershed election, signalling changes — and battles — to come.

Still waiting to attain the first May Day demand

May 7, 2014

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It is 158 years since the first protest that gave rise to May Day — and the basic demand for an 8-hour day that launched it, has still not universally been met although it is more important now than ever.

Labour’s loyalty: a democratic failure

April 27, 2014

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The increasingly bitter row within Cosatu raises the spectre of real, grassroots democracy that could provide a serious wake-up call to union bureaucrats, but should also convey lessons for all citizens as South Africa heads toward another election.

Cosatu schisms make for a rocky road ahead

April 21, 2014

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South Africa's scheduled national elections on May 7 seem to be beset by more bickering, bitterness and fragmentation than normal — and this is a clear portent for the future. A rocky road lies ahead.

Still seeking fairness on SA farms

April 15, 2014

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The grape harvest in the Western Cape is coming to an end and, with it, thousands of part-time jobs and incomes for poor families will disappear for some eight months.

Strike that should focus on jobs

April 8, 2014

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A crunch point has this week been reached in South Africa's platinum sector where a 12-week strike presents a plethora of complex issues that must be addressed to achieve future stability.

Mediation: an honourable profession

March 23, 2014

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IN AN an unequal society where conflict between employers and employees is inevitable, the role of mediators who help minimise the damage to protagonists and society at large is an honourable one. An mediation is the role of the CCMA.

Bitter background to stalled pay talks

March 16, 2014

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A deeply emotional background underpins the stalled platinum sector wage talks — and it long predates the bloodshed at Marikana on August 16, 2012

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