A personal tribute to Ray Louw

June 17, 2019

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Farewell to Ray Louw, a truly good man and great journalist whose tireless campaigns for freedom of expression should continue to inspire all media workers who remain dedicated to being the honest eyes and ears of the public at large and who continue to publish without fear or favour.

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Free trade fiction & crumbs of hope

June 16, 2019

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Crumbs of hope are still being tossed to increasingly restive and increasingly unemployed working people, the latest of these being the promise of a multi-trillion dollar free trade zone apparently to the benefit of Africa's 1.22 billion population. This is yet another myth promoted to support a systemic problem.

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Thuma Mina (send me): to Geneva?

June 14, 2019

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At a time when belt tightening is called for and greater austerity looms, South Africa arrives at the International Labour Organisation's 100th birthday bash, with one of the largest delegations. Now there are calls for the public to be given a cost/benefit analysis of what seems to be an expensive junket paid for by working people through one o other means.

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Facts behind the sacking of SA union boss

June 2, 2019

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While sacked Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) general secretary Dennis George maintains that "white monopoly capital" and a media hostile to "transformation" were behind his recent dismissal, the facts seem to tell a vefy different story.

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Social compacts & false dawns

June 2, 2019

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Government, business and labour representatives will meet in Geneva this month to draw up the centennial declarat.ion for the International Labour Organisation. ~It has been haioled as “a once in a generation opportunity to set rules for the global economy to work for people”. But it sounds very much like another retread of the discredited social compact idea.

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A new dawn — or an impending storm

May 31, 2019

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It was obvious from the first announcement last year about South Africa's minimum wage levels that they probably signalled storm clouds rather than any pale rays of a new dawn. However it is not only to the labour front that the purveyors of a promised new dawn 
should pay close heed.

SA — still awaiting a workers’ party

May 21, 2019

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South Africa’s May 8 national and provincial poll effectively demolished an enduring myth, beloved of many bosses and union-bashing free marketeers: that union bosses call the shots and members blindly follow, doing exactly what they are told.