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Sex work, crime & the working class

August 17, 2014

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Should the sale and/or purchasae of sex be regarded as work or be criminalised or regulated? The issue has again come to the fore as the economic crisis continues to bite.

Lawyers muddy workers’ rights

August 7, 2014

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South African lawyers, claiming unfair discrimination have gained the right to appear in industrial mediation and arbitration dispute processes, so further tipping the already uneven scales of justice in favour of those with fat wallets.

Hindsight is also a blinkered perspective

July 13, 2014

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Even the outrageous proposal by satirist Jonathan Swift that the problem of poverty could be dealt with by eating the children of the poor has failed, after 300 years, to bury to mistaken notion that procreation and "over population" is the cause of poverty.

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.

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