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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.