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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.

Avoiding the real state of the SA nation

February 20, 2016

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South Africa's State of the Nation Address (SONA) on February 11 and the subsequent debates all seem long on rhetoric and somewhat short on realistic plans that take cognisance of the world of the 21st Century.

SA’s Cosatu: neither dead nor dying, but deeply troubled

December 8, 2015

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As South Africa's major labour federation, Cosatu, goes into its fourth decade, it does so carrying all the damaging detritus of the past that the leadership continues not to confront.

South Africa, China and colonialism

August 23, 2015

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The question of colonialism has come to the fore again in South Africa, courtesy of the Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu). It has vehemently objected to the introduction of the Chinese Mandarin dialect to local schools, labelling the move "colonialism" by the Chinese.

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 […]

Who stands to lose most in SA union fracas

November 30, 2014

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The smallest member of the ANC-led tripartite alliance, the SA Communist Party, looks likely to be the biggest loser in the ongoing and bitter fracas in South Africa's major union federation, Cosatu. That party’s “ten-year plan” looks close to being in tatters.