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Mediation: an honourable profession

March 23, 2014

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IN AN an unequal society where conflict between employers and employees is inevitable, the role of mediators who help minimise the damage to protagonists and society at large is an honourable one. An mediation is the role of the CCMA.

The need for long-term planning

March 20, 2014

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One clear message that came through at the Power-Gen Africa conference in Cape Town this week was directed at politicians and the governments they serve: stop short-term thinking and planning. In energy terms as well as water and food security, it is necessary to plan for 30 or even 50 years ahead. Lawrence Jones, vice-president […]

Bitter background to stalled pay talks

March 16, 2014

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A deeply emotional background underpins the stalled platinum sector wage talks — and it long predates the bloodshed at Marikana on August 16, 2012

Pay gap fuels university protest

March 9, 2014

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The wage and welfare gap is proving a potent political weapon. And it was wielded with considerable effect at South Africa's University of the Western Cape (UWC) last week.

Missing the point on Women’s Day

March 9, 2014

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The founders of International Women's Day would be spinning in their graves given the way the day is now, for the most part, celebrated.

Marikana: the pain SA ignores at its peril

March 8, 2014

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Warnings that SA will ignore Marikana at its peril, today seem even more appropriate than they did only days after the massacre.

Numsa, political parties & socialism

March 6, 2014

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Despite media claims to the contrary there is no move by the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) to start a political party. What the union plans to organise is a series of “socialist consultative conferences” in the nine provinces of South Africa.