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Political interference and the unions

February 11, 2017

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The attempt by labour minister Mildred Oliphant — including a couple of lengthy and costly court battles — to interfere in trade union administration was slapped down hard on January 26. The labour appeal court ruled that her instruction to the registrar of labour relations to withdraw action against a defaulting Cosatu union and her […]

A luta continua — for 22 years

January 27, 2017

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A labour dispute at the then Midrand municipality in 1994 has rumbled on for 22 years and has again, this year, come to the fore. In the process it has thrown into sharp focus some serious problems facing the South African labour movement.

Resilence amid the doom & gloom

January 16, 2017

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The almost meaningless display of verbal pyrotechnics that annually accompanies South Africa’s secondary school matriculation results is thankfully behind us. But the reality of a potential 700 000-plus school leaving job seekers is most definitely not. Along with double that number who dropped out before Grade 12, they highlight the most volatile element in the […]

Why free speech should be a priority

December 10, 2016

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This week ends with the 20th anniversary (December 10) of the adoption of South Africa’s Bill of Rights and justly lauded Constitution. But it comes at a time of considerable political and economic turmoil, nationally and globally, and when some of the rightly praised clauses of the Bill of Rights are under threat.

A week of dashed expectations

November 26, 2016

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There were hopes in South Africa over the past week that the growing disgruntlement with President Jacob Zuma would result in positive moves for his removal. And there were also hopes, especially among the low paid, that a minimum wage declaration would result in quite prompt relief. But such hopes were dashed.

A basic income glimmer of hope

November 19, 2016

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As we head toward what looks likely to be a rather austere festive period at a time of great political uncertainty arguments in South Africa about a minimum wage continue to rage. But it is an argument that misses an imporyant point as joblessness grows.

Confusion reigns in SA — as does Zuma

November 12, 2016

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A major political battle was won and lost in South Africa over the past week and more. But the war is far from over and — contrary to most media expectations — beleaguered president, Jacob Zuma remains in charge.