Pensions: a trigger for worker action

February 17, 2018

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Pensions are the deferred wages of workers and whenever authorities, public or private, move against these funds that workers know are rightly theirs, expect a fight, even from sectors not usually regarded as militant. A classic case should erupt in Britain next Thursday when 61 universities start a “rolling” 14-day strike.

Trade unionism, Marx & Chavez

February 11, 2018

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Trade unions that claim to be "Marxist-Leninist" (especially without any real attempt at definition) and that uncritically support the "Bolivarian revolution" of Hugo Chavez tend to do so out of blind emotion rather than rational analysis. And this is an extremely dangerous and divisive road for organised labour to follow.

Flushing aid for a drought-hit city

February 3, 2018

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To help avoid a public health nightmare should South Africa's "Mother City", Cape Town run out of water by April, there is a plan to organise "community flushes" of toilets to ensure that enough water pours simultaneously through the sewage pipes to stop the blockages that are already causing problems.

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Labour pickets at the ‘sport of kings’

January 28, 2018

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Trade union pickets — for the first time in a 134-year history — confronted the fashionistas and glitterati who turned up for one of the premier events in the South African horse racing calendar, the Cape — now Sun — Met in Cape Town. But, so far, there has been little response to this action at the annual his mink and manure fiesta.

A democratic back to school message for SA

January 20, 2018

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Whatever democratic power ordinary people have should always be defended — and fiercely. So SA ctizens, importantly organised labour, should prepare to do battle with a government that proposes abolishing elected school governing bodies that have admittedly failed, but largely because government has failed them.

2018 — and the hope to fly above the mire

January 13, 2018

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A hope for 2018: that we will not again see the reinvention of old political and economic wheels that drag us deeper into the recessionary mire and instead utilise existing opportunity and abiity to soar above the mess we are in.

Repeating the past: SA’s annual ‘matric’ circus

January 12, 2018

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Even a cursory examination reveals the level of farce that is played out in South Afrca's annual matriculation announcements. There is, for example, no reference to the massive student dropout rate or to the fact that it now requires a bare 30% to pass. There is also a history to this circus that goes back to the days of exile and apartheid.

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