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Unity, cohesion and a pink flag

July 25, 2015


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


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


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


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


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.

Mired in a parochial midset & ignorant of history

May 31, 2015


The parochial mindset of nationally-based companies and trade unions reveals asn ignorance of economic history, including the fact that shareholder companies — a cornerstone of our system — were banned in Britain for 105 years because of their inherent tendency to be corrupt.

Don’t blame workers for managerial incompetence

May 26, 2015


Don’t blame workers for poor management. And feel some sympathy for any competent managers, whether in a large school, a government department, or parastatal who often have to deal with a legacy of maladministration, all too often accompanied by levels of corruption.


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