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Of pay, politicians & nurses

May 17, 2015

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Some critics of South African nurses and teachers who have left to work abroad have dubbed them unpatriotic. They are not. They are part of the international army of migrant labour. In any event, since capital knows no boundaries nor should labour accept any borders .

SA ‘workers’ party': a revision of the past?

April 28, 2015

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Faced with what appeared to be a veritable swamp of ideology at a “socialist movement” conference in Boksburg this month, the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) has embarked on the process of creating a “Marxist, Leninist, revolutionary working class” political party. However, Numsa also facilitated the Boksburg conference, where representatives from 11 political groups or […]

Eskom: wake-up call to SA govt & unions

March 22, 2015

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The generating and distribution problems at South Africa's power utility, Eskom amount to perhaps the greatest crisis ever to face the country's fragile, non-racist democracy, especially given the global economic climate. It provides a wake-up call to both government and the unions.

South Africa: sliding toward authoritarianism?

March 9, 2015

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South Africa’s teflon president Jacob Zuma, was at it again in February, slipping away from responsibility after the State of the Nation Address debacle in parliament. But no matter what transpires over the coming weeks and months, the country will not be the same again — and a state of emergency may yet be on the cards.

The Aurora factor & SA worker unity

March 8, 2015

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Infighting, bickering and the pursuit of power and patronage have largely paralysed South Africa's largest labour federation, Cosatu, in recent years. But a politically charged court case involving President Zuma's nephew, Khulubuse Zuma, may trigger a rank and file move toward greater worker unity.

Real SA Budget: a frantic daily struggle

March 1, 2015

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Wednesday was Budget day in South Africa. But the plaudits and the protests reflected in the media will not cause any excitement for more than half the population that has to deal with a daily struggle merely to survive.

Nationalisation, silver linings and the SA Post Office

February 15, 2015

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Many postal workers and their trade unions seems to have learned a valuable lesson: nationalisation — state control — does not necessarily mean any improvement. But worker control, they feel could be the way frward.

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