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Pay people fairly for the work they do

December 2, 2018

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South Africa can expect a deluge of bigoted pro- and anti-minimum wage propaganda from vested minority interests as the date for implementation draws near. Much of this may amount to wilful distortion of facts most people should be aware of, especially if the rhetoric moves into overdrive..

Stories, facts & the minimum wage

November 30, 2018

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There is incrfeasing cynicism and anger about the long-delayed introduction of some minimum pay agreements. This is coupled with evidence that the way the government's key Expanded Public Works Programme has been applied has had a damaging, particularly on municipal workers and firefighters.

Trade wars & steps in the right direction

November 18, 2018

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It seems essential to take steps to move away from the clearly dangerous and damaging economic dogma of neo-liberalism. Far from being either free or fair, it is, in fact, an anarchic system that creates the "race to the bottom" that so harms the majority to the benefit of a tiny minority while being destructive, overall.

Lying our way to catastrophe

November 16, 2018

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The global economy that affects us all is based on lies; on the distortion and misrepresentation of the views of usually much lauded economists. It seems crucial to drive this point home as we continue to be told that greater productivity and the up-skilling and re-skilling of workers will vanquish poverty and unemployment. In a […]

Our common economic ailment

November 4, 2018

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The SA economy,worked out by corruption, seems to be well and truly up the creek and with only a very fragile investment paddle to hand.

A classic case of economic ill health

November 3, 2018

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The gap between the 16% of South Africans who have private health insurance and the 84% who rely on the crumbling public health system, has grown by another R20 billion. Small wonder that there is increasing anger being expresed.

Evidence of a real alternative

October 6, 2018

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It is estimated that automation could soon cost some 4.5 million more South Africans their jobs. “Soon” could mean 2020 or very shorty after. And the number of jobless could be very much higher if, as seems likely, the global economic crisis becomes more severe.