Browsing All posts tagged under »labour«

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.

Austerity, democracy & wishful thinking

June 12, 2018

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A united, fully democratic trade union movement, supported by the mass of workers, may be the only way to bring about desperately needed and radical political, economic and social transformation. However, in the present circumstances, does this amount to wishful thinking?

A labour law battle looms

June 10, 2018

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The overall thrust of the changes in South Africa's labour laws that will probably come into force by next year undermine the sole weapon workers have in their battle for improved wages and conditions: the strike. Possibly emboldened by the rapid advance of automation and the growing number of desperate unemployed workers, business has seized the opportunity to try to bring labour under a social compact umbrella.

The need to talk about Marxism

May 21, 2018

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The ideas of Karl Marx have, in one way or other, had the greatest influence on trade union and labour movement internationally. But these ideas have been more distorted and lied about than those of any other social theorist. What, in fact, does Marxism actually mean?

Still none so blind…..

May 18, 2018

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Economic growth remains the mantra across the board as the economic crisis staggers on. This, despite all the evidence that the drive for economic growth is part of the problem and not any form of solution.

Farm wages, workers & common interests

May 13, 2018

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We are all trapped in an economic system which, if its demands were judged by human standards, would almost certainly be regarded as criminally insane. Government, perhaps encouraged by the unions, could take steps to introduce an element of stability and fairness to those who suffer most in this global asylum. This could be a step forward to dealing with the lunacy itself.

Wages & the need for financial disclosure

May 13, 2018

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It is not in the interests of either employers or employees to have profitable enterprises collapse. Which is why exemption clauses exist in cases of legislated minimum wages. But for such a system to operate honestly, requires full financial disclosure by employers.