Browsing All posts tagged under »unions«

The long road to decent work

June 22, 2018

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A university-based network may hopefully galvanise the labour movement to make a priority of the Decent Work project the network has started. This could, in its turn, move toward an essential reform on the way to radical economic transformation.

Austerity, democracy & wishful thinking

June 12, 2018

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A united, fully democratic trade union movement, supported by the mass of workers, may be the only way to bring about desperately needed and radical political, economic and social transformation. However, in the present circumstances, does this amount to wishful thinking?

A labour law battle looms

June 10, 2018

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The overall thrust of the changes in South Africa's labour laws that will probably come into force by next year undermine the sole weapon workers have in their battle for improved wages and conditions: the strike. Possibly emboldened by the rapid advance of automation and the growing number of desperate unemployed workers, business has seized the opportunity to try to bring labour under a social compact umbrella.

SA union challenge to govt investment body

May 25, 2018

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South Africa's Public Investment Corporation (PIC), the government-owned manager of nearly R2 trillion of public sector workers’ pension funds has until month end to “come clean” or face formal legal action. A "can of worms" may be opened, but another chapter in a long running saga seems about to begin.

Farm wages, workers & common interests

May 13, 2018

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We are all trapped in an economic system which, if its demands were judged by human standards, would almost certainly be regarded as criminally insane. Government, perhaps encouraged by the unions, could take steps to introduce an element of stability and fairness to those who suffer most in this global asylum. This could be a step forward to dealing with the lunacy itself.

Wages & the need for financial disclosure

May 13, 2018

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It is not in the interests of either employers or employees to have profitable enterprises collapse. Which is why exemption clauses exist in cases of legislated minimum wages. But for such a system to operate honestly, requires full financial disclosure by employers.

So much talk, so little sense

May 4, 2018

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South Africa has experienced a veritable cascade of words from public platforms over recent weeks — not least on May Day — that seemed to reveal that, while so much has been said it has all contributed very little to any real understanding. A lack of honest, open, discussion seems to have reached crisis proportions.