Browsing All posts tagged under »labour«

I have seen the future & it frightens me

September 23, 2017

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The automated future is upon us — and it works. But only at the expense of the majority of people who have to sell their labour in order to survive. Yet, if properly managed, such technological innovation could liberate humanity.

Statistics, labour & a no-confidence vote in Zuma

July 28, 2017

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There is nothing sinister in the delay in the release of the South African Labour Forces Survey for the second quarter of this year. But it's crucial look at unemployment and income decline is likely to be swamped by media concentration on the no-confidence vote in parliament.

The bigger picture of patronage and corruption

July 22, 2017

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South Africa's finance minister Malusi Gigaba has announced his 14-point plan aimed at “taking the country out of recession”. Instead it will almost certainly guarantee ongoing discontent, especially with the labour movement.

The painful reality of junk status

July 1, 2017

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More pain is on the way for South Africa as a result of the junk status credit rating given to the country. But such pain will be passed on — by government and business — to the consumers. Expect resistance.

SA’s looming winter of discontent

June 25, 2017

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The South African government expects public sector workers and the public at large to pay for the incompetence and larceny carried out by its kleptocratic faction and their cronies. This could mean a winter of discontent as pay and conditions talks loom.

Former SA exiles hail Jeremy Corbyn

June 11, 2017

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Former SA exiles will hail the UK election result that saw "a grey-bearded, bicycle riding socialist politician", Jeremy Corbyn, a whisker of the premiership. They remember him for his steadfast support during the dark days of apartheid.

Weather, workers & a greener environment

June 11, 2017

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Increasing unemployment, controversial evictions and the first cold snap of winter have highlighted the plight not only of the homeless, but also of probably the hardest working and most poorly paid of entreprenurial labourers. At the same time a greener, job creating future beckons.