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World of work gets a collective vision

June 24, 2018

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Some small steps were taken in Cape Town last week that may revitalise the weakened trade union movement and so, hopefully, ensure that decent work regulations are not only put in place, but are closely monitored — and enforced.

The long road to decent work

June 22, 2018

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A university-based network may hopefully galvanise the labour movement to make a priority of the Decent Work project the network has started. This could, in its turn, move toward an essential reform on the way to radical economic transformation.

Time to focus on Gross Domestic Benefit

June 17, 2018

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Unless there is some radical change, an estimated 71 million unemployed youth will be the forerunners of what may turn out to be the first of discarded generations of the future. Perhaps it is time to stop focusing on growth — on GDP — and instead target GDB (Gross Domestic — and international — Benefit).

Youth may yet show the way forward

June 15, 2018

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There is little for the youth of today to celebrate as they contemplate the present and the prospects for themselves in the future. For most — and especially those with little formal schooling — current prospects are bleak and the future outlook bleaker still. But change could come. The missing ingredient: political will and as the South African youth of 1976 showed, such will can be awakened

Austerity, democracy & wishful thinking

June 12, 2018

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A united, fully democratic trade union movement, supported by the mass of workers, may be the only way to bring about desperately needed and radical political, economic and social transformation. However, in the present circumstances, does this amount to wishful thinking?

A labour law battle looms

June 10, 2018

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The overall thrust of the changes in South Africa's labour laws that will probably come into force by next year undermine the sole weapon workers have in their battle for improved wages and conditions: the strike. Possibly emboldened by the rapid advance of automation and the growing number of desperate unemployed workers, business has seized the opportunity to try to bring labour under a social compact umbrella.

Minimum wage, innovation & persecution

June 2, 2018

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By the time — perhaps a year down the line — that South Africa's minimum wage legislation is passed, inflation would have caused the cost of living, especially for lower paid workers, to rise substantially. In any event, the claim that the the minimum wage is R3,500 a month and will improve the lot of more than 6 million workers is an illusion.