Browsing All posts tagged under »May Day«

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.

A paradox for post May Day focus

May 3, 2015

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It’s a great paradox: as food production has increased, so too, has the amount of hunger in the world. And not because of a rapidly increasing population — there is actually enough food to adequately feed everyone.

Still waiting to attain the first May Day demand

May 7, 2014

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It is 158 years since the first protest that gave rise to May Day — and the basic demand for an 8-hour day that launched it, has still not universally been met although it is more important now than ever.

17 years of supporting the Right to Fight

May 3, 2013

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May Day this week should have been a time for reflection, not celebration; reflection about the potentially dire situation the labour movement now finds itself in. To help with this reflection, Business Report is this week making available copies of my book, Right to Fight, to the first five correct answers drawn from responses to a simple question.