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4th Industrial Revolution: the underlying question

March 24, 2018


Many of the arguments about the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) are simplistic and often crude, despite the wealth of information and analysis available. What underlies all this "noise" about 4IR is the question of what economic system will be required for "the machines" to operate to the benefit of all.

The “hymn of labour” that still survives

March 17, 2018


The Internationale, that labour hymn of protest and call to action has survived being appropriated by that grotesque parody of socialism in the former Soviet Union. It should be celebrated on Sunday, March 18, the anniversary of the start of the 1871 Paris Commune that provided the inspiration for it.

New insight on International Women’s Day

March 11, 2018


This year — 100 years after the British government granted all men over the age of 21 and some women over the age of 30 the vote — more than 3 000 British police and Home Office records about official actions against “votes for women” suffragettes were made public. Together, these events provide fresh insight into International Women's Day and the goal of many who fought for women's rights.

When will the time bomb cease to tick?

March 2, 2018


What the latest Budget has done is, on the one hand, to placate the money lenders and the business elite while, on the other, further alienating and angering the majority of South Africans. The time bomb is continuing to tick. But for how much longer before an explosion occurs?

Time to confront 21st Century realities

February 25, 2018


We are constantly reminded that today we live in a world village of the 21st Century. Yet, at the same time, politicians often seem oblivious of the fact, their mindsets stuck in a world 40 and more years ago. South Africa is no exception but, perhaps with promised jobs and investment "summits" some answers and appropriate action will follow.

Pensions: a trigger for worker action

February 17, 2018


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


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.