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The Aurora factor & SA worker unity

March 8, 2015

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Infighting, bickering and the pursuit of power and patronage have largely paralysed South Africa's largest labour federation, Cosatu, in recent years. But a politically charged court case involving President Zuma's nephew, Khulubuse Zuma, may trigger a rank and file move toward greater worker unity.

Real SA Budget: a frantic daily struggle

March 1, 2015

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Wednesday was Budget day in South Africa. But the plaudits and the protests reflected in the media will not cause any excitement for more than half the population that has to deal with a daily struggle merely to survive.

Nationalisation, silver linings and the SA Post Office

February 15, 2015

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Many postal workers and their trade unions seems to have learned a valuable lesson: nationalisation — state control — does not necessarily mean any improvement. But worker control, they feel could be the way frward.

Let’s stop abusing holy prophets & Marx

February 1, 2015

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The Q’uran and the Prophet Mohammed cannot be held responsible for the Jihadi atrocities of Boko Haram or the Islamic State groups any more than can the Christian Gospels and Jesus be held responsible for apartheid or the Ku Klux Klan. To claim otherwise is simply illogical.

Inherent inequality of the World Economic Forum

January 25, 2015

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The annual World Economic Forum (WEF) extravaganza got underway last week. It is not the UN-style institution it is often portrayed as being. It is a private club where the heads of immensely rich corporations wine, dine, bribe and bully various power brokers and wannabe tycoons to do their bidding and to adopt policies that suit the corporate world.

Unions: potential bulwarks of democracy

January 18, 2015

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The founding principles of the labour movement are liberty and equality on a global scale, and although some areas the movement have become corrupted, all too often infused with the poison of nationalism, they remain potential bulwarks of democracy.

Silver lining to global clouds of turmoil

December 21, 2014

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As another year draws to a close, the advice usually attributed to the Italian revolutionary, Antonio Gramsci, constantly comes to mind: exercise pessimism of the intellect, but optimism of the will. Because while dark clouds continue to gather, silver linings of resistance are starting to show through and could drive those clouds away forever.

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