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Knaves, fools and responsibility

November 19, 2019

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It may be too simple to say that only fools institutes the same policies time after time, on each occasion expecting a different outcome. This could be knavish behaviour, with the policymakers and their backers — the few — continuing to benefit at the expense of the many they profess to support.

Who is really responsible for the economic mess

November 17, 2019

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Workers and their organisations are not responsible for the debt trap and the economic muddle the country now finds itself in. And while sections of the public sector may be bloated, perhaps the excess lies in areas that do not impact on the facilities required by the majority of the population.

A fight for the many, not the few

November 15, 2019

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Workers and their unions will once again be castigated as greedy, selfish and unpatriotic as they fight back against having to pay for the maladministratio0n, incompetence and corruption of the existing order. But they are, for all their faults, battling to protect the many from the increasing predations of the few.

SA unions: still seeking a coherent political role

November 2, 2019

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Ever since making a tentative move toward principled unity 23 years ago, South Africa's modern and militant trade unions, once to the forefront of the struggle against apartheid, have steadily weakened, with a degree of fragmentation. Now, with the realities of the digital revolution being felt, time is not on their side if they wish to remain relevant and play a role of protectors and extenders of democracy.

Thuma Mina (send me): to Geneva?

June 14, 2019

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At a time when belt tightening is called for and greater austerity looms, South Africa arrives at the International Labour Organisation's 100th birthday bash, with one of the largest delegations. Now there are calls for the public to be given a cost/benefit analysis of what seems to be an expensive junket paid for by working people through one o other means.

Facts behind the sacking of SA union boss

June 2, 2019

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While sacked Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) general secretary Dennis George maintains that "white monopoly capital" and a media hostile to "transformation" were behind his recent dismissal, the facts seem to tell a vefy different story.

A new dawn — or an impending storm

May 31, 2019

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It was obvious from the first announcement last year about South Africa's minimum wage levels that they probably signalled storm clouds rather than any pale rays of a new dawn. However it is not only to the labour front that the purveyors of a promised new dawn 
should pay close heed.