Browsing All posts tagged under »Fedusa«

Seeking union relevance in a world in turmoil

June 30, 2011

0

With the global economy in turmoil, the labour movement everywhere is having to adapt to changed — and changing — circumstances while avoiding the bribes, blandishments and bullying of governments, political parties and business. It could be a question of: adapt, fragment or fade away to irrelevance.

Playing the race card as polls loom

March 18, 2011

0

(First published 11 March, 2011) Whenever an election looms, the rumour mills tend to grind away, often fuelled by ill-considered comments by politicians.  It’s the same the world over, compounded by media manipulation, distortions of fact and outright falsification being all too often the order of the days leading up to polling time. But there […]

Casual work and ‘a man for all reasons’

March 1, 2011

0

This column resulted in Phillip Dexter MP maintaining that it consisted of "lies, innuendo and journalism for hire" and that I was "an alleged apartheid agent" and that I quoted "dubious sources". I leave it to you to decide.

Schisms open up in the SA Alliance

January 27, 2011

0

Whither South Africa's macro-economic policy? The government has taken its New Growth Path framework to the Wor4ld Economic Forum in Davos, but the unions on the home front, along with the SACP, are deeply divided. Is the NGP another Gear or Asgisa or is it something really new?

Lessons to be learned from Cosatu’s 25 years

November 30, 2010

0

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) turns 25 in December. But the birthday celebrations around the country will be dampened by heightened tension and some mildly acrimonious outbursts resulting from the content of the government’s New Growth Path (NGP) for the economy and the manner in which it was announced. Like the 1996 […]

Turning the (non-existent) economic corner

November 24, 2010

0

We have turned the corner economically. That is the ongoing claim from politicians, pundits and mainstream media commentators. But, as Federation of Unions of SA general secretary Dennis George has noted: “Growth without job creation is meaningless. It certainly is for the overwhelming majority of the population, and this is a situation that applies across the world, although not in any uniform manner. For all the optimistic pronouncements, the global economic crisis continues and there is no sign that it is ending.