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Rank & file make their voices heard

July 7, 2014

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Organised workers at rank and file level in South Africa are displaying renewed confidence and determination as they launch demands for a “living wage”, for the historic wage gap to be closed, and for their voices to be heard.

The social catastrophe facing SA

June 29, 2014

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Workers and their unions are not responsible for the rocky road ahead for the SA economy. But they and their dependents will once again be the major sufferers should mass job losses occur on the mines.

A ticking time bomb & a badge of poverty

June 22, 2014

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The strike on South Africa's platinum belt is only one aspect of a much more severe domesic and global crisis. And some solutions had better be found — and soon.

Back to work on the SA platinum front

June 15, 2014

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Barring some unforeseen last minute hitch it seems that the country’s longest mining strike is finally over. But it has been accompanied by some silly and dangerous comments.

Unions get back to democratic basics

June 1, 2014

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Misunderstanding and confusion about the platinum sector pay issue persists. And much of the media is to blame for repeating, without analysis, the public relations spin of the mining companies. This distorted version of the facts states that the mining companies agreed to meet the R12 500 a month entry level wage demand, phased in […]

An ‘oasis of excellence’ in the Karoo

May 25, 2014

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In the midst of the poor and semi-arid Karoo region is an holistic developmental project that has been hailed as "an oasis of excellence"; an example that could be followed.

The myth of the lady with the lamp

May 18, 2014

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Nursing unions and the media in South Africa last week noted that Monday was a day dedicated to nurses, to those who treat the sick and the ailing.  And, as they did so, they continued to perpetuate a myth. The myth is that Florence Nightingale, was the unique “lady with the lamp”, who tended to […]

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