Browsing All posts tagged under »trade unions«

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?

The democratic centralist curse

April 30, 2018

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Democratic centralism is one of the most abused concepts within the South African political and labour arena. It has come to the fore again in debates around the strike protesting a proposed minimum wage and amendments to the labour laws. Hopefully, such debate will lead to the democratic reforms needed in much of the labour movement.

Pensions: a trigger for worker action

February 17, 2018

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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.

2018 — and the hope to fly above the mire

January 13, 2018

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A hope for 2018: that we will not again see the reinvention of old political and economic wheels that drag us deeper into the recessionary mire and instead utilise existing opportunity and abiity to soar above the mess we are in.

Looming battle about SA state pension funds

October 1, 2017

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The South African government and its ailing state owned enterprises certainly have their eyes on Africa's largest pension fund pot. And assurances by finance minister Malusi Gigaba that there will be no attempt to raid the funds have so far failed to allay fears.

I have seen the future & it frightens me

September 23, 2017

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The automated future is upon us — and it works. But only at the expense of the majority of people who have to sell their labour in order to survive. Yet, if properly managed, such technological innovation could liberate humanity.

Political interference and the unions

February 11, 2017

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The attempt by labour minister Mildred Oliphant — including a couple of lengthy and costly court battles — to interfere in trade union administration was slapped down hard on January 26. The labour appeal court ruled that her instruction to the registrar of labour relations to withdraw action against a defaulting Cosatu union and her […]