Browsing All posts tagged under »labour«

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.

A May Day lesson for SA labour

May 6, 2017

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The tumultuous events during May Day in South Africa illustrated more starkly than ever before the huge rifts within the ANC-led alliance. They should also have raised questions, especially in the labour movement, about united fronts or so-called “broad church” alliances.

The danger in unprincipled unity

April 29, 2017

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To rally around a flag, an individual a label or a brand, and to follow blindly, is a recipe for disaster. Yet this is a call being loudly trumpetted today in South Africa and there will certainly be such calls to blind loyalty on May Day.