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What SA shop stewards really think

August 30, 2013


Critical elements of a long-awaited survey of the attitudes of Cosatu shop stewards are finally available — and they provide much food for analysis and thought.

Democracy needs labour unity

August 23, 2013


Unless trade unions go back to basics, back to democratic control, to accountable and recallable union leaders the immediate future for South Africa's labour movement and for the country’s fledgling democracy could be bleak.

Marikana: a wake-up call still ignored

August 15, 2013


The Marikana massacre was a wake-up call to every concerned citizen to consider the causes of the tragedy in order to be able to say, with hope: Never again.

The Marikana watershed

August 4, 2013


The massacre at Marikana was a watershed, a turning point that is likely to have a profound and long-term impact on South Africa's social and political environment.

Labour backs child beating ban

August 2, 2013


South Africa, steeped for generations in the violent resolution of disputes, is about to take a step to get to the roots of the problem.

When reality seems like satire

July 31, 2013


The South African political scene is becoming increasingly bizarre; reporting reality here can often seem like satire of the most extreme sort.

The rights role of the labour movement

July 25, 2013


Fascism looms and the labour movement has a critical role to play as we face the possibility of the erosion of the democratic choice and individual rights we now enjoy

Red herring: equating socialism & nationalisation

July 19, 2013


The simple nationalism equals socialism equation, widely touted within the trade union movement, has become difficult to sustain — and was dealt with quite comprehensively more than 130 years ago.