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GM quitting SA is a wake-up call to all

May 29, 2017

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The General Motors pull-out of South Africa is an excellent example of the dilemma facing more and more companies on a global scale: the need to remain profitable in a world of cut-throat competition in an environment of surplus capacity and production. And for every bit of corporate gain, it will be workers who will bear the pain.

New SA labour fed: a new wheel or a retread?

April 9, 2017

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Will the launch in two weeks of a new labour federation in South Africa herald a new era for local trade unionism or will it merely signal the arrival of just another federation in the existing mould? Time alone will tell.

A luta continua — for 22 years

January 27, 2017

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A labour dispute at the then Midrand municipality in 1994 has rumbled on for 22 years and has again, this year, come to the fore. In the process it has thrown into sharp focus some serious problems facing the South African labour movement.

No joy for SA labour in 2016 Budget

February 28, 2016

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South Africa's 2016 Budget has come and gone — and has done little or nothing to assuage the anger felt in many sections of the embattled trade union movement. If anything, it has given added impetus to a move by those unions set to convene a “workers’ summit” to seek new directions both for the labour movement and the country.

Unity, cohesion and a pink flag

July 25, 2015

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A façade of unity and cohesion continues to be promoted by Cosatu and, even more interestingly, by the SA Communist Party that is itself under pressure break from the ANC-led alliance. This pressure comes members who believe that party offers a radical alternative. But perhaps the SACP's red flag is now just "palest pink".

SA ‘workers’ party’: a revision of the past?

April 28, 2015

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Faced with what appeared to be a veritable swamp of ideology at a “socialist movement” conference in Boksburg this month, the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) has embarked on the process of creating a “Marxist, Leninist, revolutionary working class” political party. However, Numsa also facilitated the Boksburg conference, where representatives from 11 political groups or […]

Uncertain, rocky road ahead for SA

February 5, 2015

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Looking ahead, South Africa seems to be in for a rocky — and perhaps momentous — period, both politically and on the labour front. But there are so many variables in play that what the situation will be at this time next year is anybody’s guess. Although it is more than a year away before […]