Fascism coming into its own

February 7, 2022

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That distilled form of the poison of nationalism — fascism — an authoritarian, top-down system powered by xenophobia is gaining strength in South Africa.

Co-ops & Zionism in the Clover strike

January 25, 2022

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(First published in Fin24 and in City Press, South Africa) And so the old year rolls into the new, with the two-month-old Clover strike a prime labour focus.  And, unless a settlement is reached within the next week or so, the countrywide stoppage at the branded food and beverages group is likely to escalate — […]

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Adapt, fade away or die?

January 11, 2022

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(First published in  City Press, December 26, 2021) Adapt or die!  That is an expression that should be echoing — and taken very seriously — especially throughout the global labour movement at a time of massively growing joblessness and the ongoing decline of trade union membership. The expression is a brief paraphrase of the argument […]

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Covid, confusion & the labour movement

December 13, 2021

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(First published on Fin24 and in City Press, South Africa) The issue dealt with in this column should have been resolved months ago. But, given the the way much of the labour movement continues to react and the fact that even the tripartite National Economic Development of Labour Council is still debating vaccination and mandates, […]

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A reason for sadness at the death of F.W. de Klerk

November 15, 2021

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Had justice and the rule of law prevailed in South Africa in 1993, Frederick Willem — FW — de Klerk, the last apartheid president, would have been in jail and not flying to Oslo to be jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela. He, alongside a number of other ministerial securocrats, would have […]

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An horrendous, but unquantifiable Covid-19 cost

November 15, 2021

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(First published as Inside Labour on Fin24, September 19, 2021) The newest coronavirus, in whatever variation, has underscored one outstanding fact:  that there is a single human race on this planet that was unequally prepared, but quite equally threatened, by a pandemic.  It seems to give added resonance to that fundamental call of the labour […]

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A reason for sadness at the death of FW de Klefrk

November 15, 2021

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Had justice and the rule of law prevailed in South Africa in 1993, Frederick Willem — FW — de Klerk, the last apartheid president, would have been in jail and not flying to Oslo to be jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela. He, alongside a number of other ministerial securocrats, would have […]

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The tech conundrum for labour

September 7, 2021

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(First published on Fin24 & in City Press, South Africa) Shoprite, South Africa’s largest food retailer and a major employer, is on course to launch fully automated supermarket checkouts. And that announcement last week should have sent shivers of apprehension throughout the working class and trade union movement, especially coming in the same week that […]

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