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Unions.bureaucrats & investment companies

February 24, 2019

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Unions.bureaucrats & investment companies

February 24, 2019

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Was a cut-price share deal in a controversial company that was given to the general secretary of South Afica's Federation of Unions (Fedusa) a potential bribe or a welcome contribution to another — and still-to-be-established — trade union investment company? And was it in order for Fedusa general secretary Dennis George to become a dirctor of the same company? TAnswers to these questions should be available on Tuesday.

Austerity and the lack of a real alternatve

February 24, 2019

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A social compact is not an alternative to the present social and economic system. It is a variation on the same theme — a bad one from the point of view of labour — and it does pose as an alternative. Time perhaps for labour to counter with a clearly costed and articulated route to a real alternative that would benefit the many rather than the few.

The union that asked billion Rand questions

February 22, 2019

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Although unmentioned, considerable credit for the fact that there is a commission of inquiry into the scandal ridden Public Investment Corporation (PIC) should go the PSA (Public Servants’ Association). Probably the largest public sector union in the country, it was the first to raise serious questions about the way the PIC was administered.

How the people could really govern

February 10, 2019

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Democracy as practiced in so-called parliamentary democracies around the world is a lie. One person, one vote was a concession granted by the governing, monied elite after long, brutal and bloody struggles by oppressed majorities. But it was a concession within the same corrupt and corrupting system. With the advance of communications technology, true democracy beckons

Labour’s view of SONA 2019, S. Africa

February 9, 2019

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There is nothing new in the recipes proposed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to remedy the damage done over the past decade to South Africa's state institutions and the economy. They are recipes that trade unions across th board have already rejected.

SONA 2019: Mbeki without the poetry

February 9, 2019

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Hard questions now need to be asked and hard facts faced as politicians continue to make extravagant promises that, on even cursory examination, ignore reality. And that does not even mean looking ahead to the consequences of the fourth industrial revolution that the world has already embarked on.