Browsing All posts tagged under »democracy«

Time to learn lessons — & face reality

November 29, 2015


True shopfloor democracy and the tolerance of difference may be the only hope left to halt a slide toward irrelevance for South Africa's major trade union federation. And there are lessons to be learned from recent events in Britain.

What solution to a world in crisis?

September 3, 2015


The most important lesson to learn: The very developments that are starting to make most of humanity redundant, causing horrendous suffering and social and economic dislocation around the world could become the means to collective — and truly democratic — decision making.

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.

A desperate need for radical change

June 15, 2015


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


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


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


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.


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