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Thuma Mina (send me): to Geneva?

June 14, 2019

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At a time when belt tightening is called for and greater austerity looms, South Africa arrives at the International Labour Organisation's 100th birthday bash, with one of the largest delegations. Now there are calls for the public to be given a cost/benefit analysis of what seems to be an expensive junket paid for by working people through one o other means.

Social compacts & false dawns

June 2, 2019

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Government, business and labour representatives will meet in Geneva this month to draw up the centennial declarat.ion for the International Labour Organisation. ~It has been haioled as “a once in a generation opportunity to set rules for the global economy to work for people”. But it sounds very much like another retread of the discredited social compact idea.

The long road to decent work

June 22, 2018

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A university-based network may hopefully galvanise the labour movement to make a priority of the Decent Work project the network has started. This could, in its turn, move toward an essential reform on the way to radical economic transformation.

The transformative farce of Davos

January 31, 2014

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Calling on the richest people in the world to transform the economic system seems to amount to the extraordinary belief that "the nastiest of men for the nastiest of motives will somehow work for the benefit of us all”.

SA Bill of Rights and the 2014 election

February 22, 2013

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The 2014 election campaign in South Africa has clearly begun and promises to be long and almost certainly very bitter and at the core of the ongoing debate will be the Constitution and, specifically, the Bill of Rights.

Hope on the domestic slavery horizon

August 5, 2011

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The International Labour Organisation has finally placed domestic workers — the nannies, maids, chars and house helps — on the same footing as other workers in terms of a decent work agenda. At least in theory. But, as the South African experience shows, there is a very long was to go in practice — and not only for domestic workers.

Advocating ‘any job’ is part of the problem

February 3, 2011

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The trade union movement, nationally and internationally‚ can be excused for being more than a trifle sceptical about announcements that the world is recovering from economic crisis. Unsurprisingly, this was the reported assessment of most business delegates to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos that ended last weekend. In one, very narrow, respect this […]