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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.

Time to focus on Gross Domestic Benefit

June 17, 2018

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Unless there is some radical change, an estimated 71 million unemployed youth will be the forerunners of what may turn out to be the first of discarded generations of the future. Perhaps it is time to stop focusing on growth — on GDP — and instead target GDB (Gross Domestic — and international — Benefit).

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.

Prediction, the EFF & fascism

June 6, 2018

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In the light of a series of actions and the very recent controversy regarding statements made by the Economic Freedom Fighters, along with earlier EFF statements in similar vein, is it accurately to assume that a home grown fascism is emerging? The red trappings of socialism, at root internationalist and extremely democratic, have been assumed by what seems increasingly to be an ethnic nationalist movement that is headed by a Commander-in-Chief. And authoritarian nationalism, with a dash of socialist rhetoric is, in essence, fascist.

Minimum wage, innovation & persecution

June 2, 2018

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By the time — perhaps a year down the line — that South Africa's minimum wage legislation is passed, inflation would have caused the cost of living, especially for lower paid workers, to rise substantially. In any event, the claim that the the minimum wage is R3,500 a month and will improve the lot of more than 6 million workers is an illusion.

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.