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NATIONALISATION MOVES UP THE UNION AGENDA (20.06.2008)

October 2, 2010

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Using statistical sleight of hand and a smokescreen of misleading rhetoric, Eskom and the government have created the impression that they are not responsible for the energy crisis; that a combination of wasteful consumers and forces beyond their control created the mess we are in. And that mess, in turn, justifies the massive increase in […]

‘LACK OF LEADERSHIP’ GETS MILITARY UNIONS MARCHING (13.06.2008)

October 2, 2010

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South Africa’s defence forces are in a shambles, mismanaged, badly led and grossly underpaid. That is the view of the military unions which are threatening further protest action in coming weeks and months. And it is claimed mismanagement and lack of leadership leading to the waste of human and material resources that will be the […]

WHAT KIND OF ‘SOCIALISM’ IS DEMANDED? (06.06.2008)

October 2, 2010

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The events of recent weeks in South Africa, followed by statements from Cosatu about plotting a new way forward, raise again the spectre of the past. And it is an international past. Especially when these events are looked at against the background of conflicts in regions such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia and the politely […]

TIME TO MAKE UNITY IN DIVERSITY A REALITY (29.05.2008)

October 2, 2010

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The death of Walter Ntombela, worker activist, National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) shop steward and father of three has focussed trade union attention on the poison of xenophobia. For Walter, a senior shopfloor leader for the past decade, died because he was from Mozambique. He stayed and worked in Gauteng, an example of the unity […]

A MOST BITTER ‘WEEK OF TEARS’ (22.05.2008)

October 2, 2010

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This week, South Africa experienced a week of tears as xenophobic violence shattered much of what remained of the image of this country as a beacon of peace and tolerance. Our transition to a liberal parliamentary democracy was seen by many as the harbinger of a new society, despite surging crime levels, unemployment and lingering […]

LOOKING FOR ANSWERS TO POWER, PRICES AND THE POOR (15.05.2008)

October 2, 2010

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High powered delegations from all three main trade union federations were busy yesterday (subs: Thursday) “putting flesh on the bones” of their submission to the energy summit which convened in Johannesburg this morning. The summit brings together a wide range of interest groups to discuss and hopefully to plot ways out of the power crisis. […]

A POLITICAL TSUNAMI AND ITS AFTERMATH (08.05.2008)

October 2, 2010

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A tsunami is a dangerous and almost entirely destructive event, a wave that sweeps all before it, damaging and destroying. Which is why it seemed unfortunate that Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi chose, before the last Cosatu congress, to refer to the the growing groundswell of support for the country’s then sacked deputy president, Jacob […]