June 24, 2016
Around the world, essential public services are under pressure as local, state and national governments seek to cut costs. But such services should surely never be driven by the profit motive? So who is to blame and what should we do?
June 20, 2016
The sole priority for fire fighters and EMS is the preservation and safety of life and property. Profit, with its cost cutting requirements should never come into it. That, in essence, is what the recent Canadian strike was all about.
June 12, 2016
Educate, organise — agitate (for true transformation). South Africa's Bill of Rights provides a banner to rally those who are starting to demand the right to control their own lives.
May 7, 2016
The best way to describe the situation in the South African labour movement at present is that it is in a state of flux: of ongoing change in conditions of instability. As such, an appropriate collective noun may be a confusion of unions; confusion that may, hopefully, be resolved.
April 22, 2016
It has been said that if Wall Street sneezes, the world catches cold. Today it would probably be more accurate to say that if China coughs, an already economically weakened world faces the threat of double pneumonia.
March 29, 2016
Skeletons seem to be rattling around in several ministerial closets in South Africa at the moment in what appears to be a case of political patronage gone severely toxic. But there is nothing new in patronage, in business, both legitimate and illegitimate buying — or trying to buy — the favours of politicians, judges, police […]
March 18, 2016
Two names now epitomise the specific economic problems and political turmoil South Africa finds itself in: Zuma and Gupta. This was also underlined a week ago during the investment roadshow to Britain and the United States headed by finance minister Pravin Gordhan.