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Business shoots itself in the wages foot

August 31, 2014

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The opening salvoes have again been fired in another round in South Africa's war about a national minimum wage. Yet without more work with decent pay and a radical change in overall policy direction, the country's social fabric will continue to fray and tear

Intellectuals, the academy and Pallo Jordan

August 26, 2014

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Pallo Jordan, former government minister and regarded as a leading intellectual in South Africa's ANC, has habitually been referred to as Dr Jordan. When it was revealed that he did not have a university degree, he resigned from parliament. This is his story.

Why workers are always disadvantged

August 26, 2014

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Even with improvements in labour legislation such as the recent amendments to South Africa's LRA, workers will always be disadvataged. This is simply the reality of the system in which we live.

Sex work, crime & the working class

August 17, 2014

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Should the sale and/or purchasae of sex be regarded as work or be criminalised or regulated? The issue has again come to the fore as the economic crisis continues to bite.

Terry Bell unfairly treated, says council

August 13, 2014

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Journalist and author Terry Bell was treated "shabbily" by Independent Newspapers' Business Report, which summarily dropped his weekly column earlier this year, the Statutory Council for the Printing, Newspaper and Packaging Industries has found.

Lawyers muddy workers’ rights

August 7, 2014

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South African lawyers, claiming unfair discrimination have gained the right to appear in industrial mediation and arbitration dispute processes, so further tipping the already uneven scales of justice in favour of those with fat wallets.