Browsing All posts tagged under »democracy«

Why trade unions are even more relevant today

June 27, 2015

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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.

A desperate need for radical change

June 15, 2015

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Over more than a century there have been warnings that the current global economic crisis would arrive — and what would be the cause. Yet most mainstream economists and commentators persist with an almost religious belief that somehow, sometime, the tide will turn and all with reurn to as it was. It will not.

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.

Who stands to lose most in SA union fracas

November 30, 2014

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The smallest member of the ANC-led tripartite alliance, the SA Communist Party, looks likely to be the biggest loser in the ongoing and bitter fracas in South Africa's major union federation, Cosatu. That party’s “ten-year plan” looks close to being in tatters.

Answer to union turmoil is democracy

November 2, 2014

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Many of my fellow journalists have recently misled the public about the situation regarding South Africa's National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) and the Cosatu federation. Part of the blame lies with the confusing utterances by some members of the Cosatu executive who seem unaware of the clauses of their own constitution.

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.

Labour’s loyalty: a democratic failure

April 27, 2014

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The increasingly bitter row within Cosatu raises the spectre of real, grassroots democracy that could provide a serious wake-up call to union bureaucrats, but should also convey lessons for all citizens as South Africa heads toward another election.

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