January 27, 2017
A labour dispute at the then Midrand municipality in 1994 has rumbled on for 22 years and has again, this year, come to the fore. In the process it has thrown into sharp focus some serious problems facing the South African labour movement.
November 26, 2016
There were hopes in South Africa over the past week that the growing disgruntlement with President Jacob Zuma would result in positive moves for his removal. And there were also hopes, especially among the low paid, that a minimum wage declaration would result in quite prompt relief. But such hopes were dashed.
October 16, 2016
Several trade unions and many protesting Fees Must Fall students in South Africa directed their anger at the wrong targets over the past week since the fundamental problem is democratic governance. Unless this is dealt with, the rot in the body politic will remain.
August 1, 2016
Wednesday, August 3 will be the climax of probably the most fractious and bitter political campaigning, certainly at a local level, that South Africa has seen since 1994. And, whatever the outcome, it will have repercussions throughout society.
February 28, 2016
South Africa's 2016 Budget has come and gone — and has done little or nothing to assuage the anger felt in many sections of the embattled trade union movement. If anything, it has given added impetus to a move by those unions set to convene a “workers’ summit” to seek new directions both for the labour movement and the country.
December 8, 2015
As South Africa's major labour federation, Cosatu, goes into its fourth decade, it does so carrying all the damaging detritus of the past that the leadership continues not to confront.
July 25, 2015
A façade of unity and cohesion continues to be promoted by Cosatu and, even more interestingly, by the SA Communist Party that is itself under pressure break from the ANC-led alliance. This pressure comes members who believe that party offers a radical alternative. But perhaps the SACP's red flag is now just "palest pink".