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SA labour: tension, turmoil — and some hope

April 28, 2018

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The mass turnouts on the protest strike called by Saftu on Wednesday in major centres around the country revealed that the newest federation is probably here to stay. And the sniping from the sidelines by Cosatu and Fedusa did nothing to boost their fortunes. However, amid the tension and turmoil there was some hope.

SA govt’s public sector pay gamble

April 16, 2018

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The SA government — the biggest employer in the land — has effectively reneged on its own proposals for a settlement with more than 1 million of its employees, gambling that ANC aligned unions will accept the new, austerity measures. This has caused growing anger at rank and file level and may mean the government has overplayed its hand.

A digital wake-up call for labour

April 14, 2018

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Debates surrounding the delayed and now postponed private placing on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange of Sagarmatha Technologies, featuring the controversial Dr Iqbal Survé, have at least provided a information about the 4th industrial revolution that should be a wake-up call for labour. They ignore this at their peril.

A glance at SA labour’s state of flux

April 8, 2018

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(Inside Labour – first published in City Press 04.04.2018) South Africa’s trade union movement is in a state of flux. But, largely at a bureaucratic level at this stage, a battle is raging, between the various federations competing for both affiiiates and wider support. Focus over the past week has been on the tripartite National […]

A glance at SA labour’s state of flux

April 8, 2018

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The South African labour movement is in a state of flux, with a largely unnoticed internecine war for members and influence going on. Three of the competing federations are on the back foot over minimum wage proposals, but there may be hope of some union unity over controversial labour law amendments that seem to entrench a system of growing inequality.

The YES gambit for 2019 SA elections

April 1, 2018

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The Youth Employment Scheme (YES) announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa is not unique. Sucvh schemes have been tried — and have failed — before. In fact, YES may add more fuel to the ticking time bomb of dissatisfaction among the army of unemployed youth.

Potential SA strike turmoil & the 2019 elections

March 31, 2018

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The response to the April 25 general strike call by the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) and the turnouts and attitudes expressed at coming May Day rallies should provide a good indication of the mood of a widely disgruntled labour movement. It may also provide a clear union response to President Cyril Ramaphosa's newly announced Youth Employment Scheme.