May 3, 2013
May Day this week should have been a time for reflection, not celebration; reflection about the potentially dire situation the labour movement now finds itself in. To help with this reflection, Business Report is this week making available copies of my book, Right to Fight, to the first five correct answers drawn from responses to a simple question.
April 26, 2013
Politics and personal ambition compounded by some sloppy journalism have clouded and confused the issues surrounding the bitter internecine feud within Cosatu and the governing ANC-led alliance.
April 18, 2013
Who would have thought, even a matter of weeks ago, that the issue of toll roads could become a potential political tipping point for members of the governing ANC-led alliance? Yet so it is — and no more so than in the Western Cape where Cosatu and the ANC find themselves on the same side as the opposition DA in opposing the introduction of road tolls to Cape Town’s two main traffic arteries.
April 5, 2013
Dogmatic ideology keeps South Africa's fractious ANC alliance together despite some recent — and vitriolic — verbal brawling.
February 8, 2013
Here is the response to Mail & Guardian allegations involving Moeletsi Mbeki, as chair of the non-profit think tank, Forum for Pubic Dialogue (FPD) and a survey of the attitudes of shop stewards in the ANC-aligned Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosau).
February 8, 2013
South Africa's governing ANC has loosed off the first major salvoes of the 2014 election campaign — and all of them have backfired, largely because of the confusing balancing act of trying to keep its trade union ally, Cosatu on board while pursuing policies the unions bitterly oppose.
November 30, 2012
Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary of South Africa's major trade union federation, Cosatu, has proposed a "Lula moment" to defuse the country's "ticking time bomb" of poverty and unemployment. But there is a growing band of doubters who see this belief that Brazil's former president has — or had — a cure-all recipe for poverty, unemployment and economic growth as a myth.
November 8, 2012
It can be argued today that trade unions are more necessary than ever; that the organisations that played major roles in improving the political and economic lot of people around the world, have a huge task ahead of them. Yet much of the labour movement internationally is in a state of flux or stagnation and, in South Africa, there are signs of considerable disarray.