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No worker joy in SA public sector pay deal

May 25, 2015


By comparing last week the pay and conditions of nurses and teachers to those of cabinet ministers and MPs I seem to have touched a raw nerve, especially among paramedics and fire fighters. They too have concerns — and not only about money.

Of pay, politicians & nurses

May 17, 2015


Some critics of South African nurses and teachers who have left to work abroad have dubbed them unpatriotic. They are not. They are part of the international army of migrant labour. In any event, since capital knows no boundaries nor should labour accept any borders .

Wage gaps disfigure SA public service

May 10, 2015


A wage and welfare gap is one of the prime problems in the SA public service. It's an example of maladministration for which workers should not be blamed. And some sympathy should be extended to competent managers who have to deal with a legacy of maladministration, often coupled with levels of corruption.

A paradox for post May Day focus

May 3, 2015


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.

The ticking time bomb of Swaziland

April 19, 2015


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


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


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.


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