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A R60bn robbery of SA homeowners

June 16, 2017

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Over the past 20 years and more, thousands of working people in South Africa have been made homeless and effectively robbed of billions of rands by a system forced property sales that is probably the worst in the world.

Weather, workers & a greener environment

June 11, 2017

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Increasing unemployment, controversial evictions and the first cold snap of winter have highlighted the plight not only of the homeless, but also of probably the hardest working and most poorly paid of entreprenurial labourers. At the same time a greener, job creating future beckons.

GM quitting SA is a wake-up call to all

May 29, 2017

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The General Motors pull-out of South Africa is an excellent example of the dilemma facing more and more companies on a global scale: the need to remain profitable in a world of cut-throat competition in an environment of surplus capacity and production. And for every bit of corporate gain, it will be workers who will bear the pain.

‘Ghastly’ reality on SA roads

May 13, 2017

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An Easter weekend death toll of 235, with m ore than 1,000 people injured, highlighted the complex problems with South Africa's road transport. It is a situation where many truck, bus and coach drivers maintain that their harsh conditions have been little changed in 25 years.

A May Day lesson for SA labour

May 6, 2017

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The tumultuous events during May Day in South Africa illustrated more starkly than ever before the huge rifts within the ANC-led alliance. They should also have raised questions, especially in the labour movement, about united fronts or so-called “broad church” alliances.

The danger in unprincipled unity

April 29, 2017

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To rally around a flag, an individual a label or a brand, and to follow blindly, is a recipe for disaster. Yet this is a call being loudly trumpetted today in South Africa and there will certainly be such calls to blind loyalty on May Day.

New SA labour fed: a new wheel or a retread?

April 9, 2017

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Will the launch in two weeks of a new labour federation in South Africa herald a new era for local trade unionism or will it merely signal the arrival of just another federation in the existing mould? Time alone will tell.