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Pensions: a trigger for worker action

February 17, 2018


Pensions are the deferred wages of workers and whenever authorities, public or private, move against these funds that workers know are rightly theirs, expect a fight, even from sectors not usually regarded as militant. A classic case should erupt in Britain next Thursday when 61 universities start a “rolling” 14-day strike.

A strike that favours all road users

April 12, 2017


South African bus commuters stranded today as a result of a national transport strike should bear in mind one important fact: this strike is in aid of the commuting public almost as much as it is in support of the drivers.

Who’s to blame for SA Post Office rot

October 26, 2014


The strike bound South African Post Office has been badly damaged. And not by greedy workers and belligerent unions, but by mismanagement, corruption and a total lack of planning and foresight. A near three-month strike is not a cause, but a symptom of the malaise.

Back to work on the SA platinum front

June 15, 2014


Barring some unforeseen last minute hitch it seems that the country’s longest mining strike is finally over. But it has been accompanied by some silly and dangerous comments.

Unions get back to democratic basics

June 1, 2014


Misunderstanding and confusion about the platinum sector pay issue persists. And much of the media is to blame for repeating, without analysis, the public relations spin of the mining companies. This distorted version of the facts states that the mining companies agreed to meet the R12 500 a month entry level wage demand, phased in […]

Strike that should focus on jobs

April 8, 2014


A crunch point has this week been reached in South Africa's platinum sector where a 12-week strike presents a plethora of complex issues that must be addressed to achieve future stability.

Marikana: the pain SA ignores at its peril

March 8, 2014


Warnings that SA will ignore Marikana at its peril, today seem even more appropriate than they did only days after the massacre.