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Why workers are always disadvantged

In an unequal society, and especially one suffering an economic crisis, the sellers of labour will always be disadvantaged. That is the simple reality of the system in which we live. 705 more words

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Sex work, crime & the working class

All who sell their labour in order to survive are workers. And all workers are, to one or other degree, exploited in that they are paid less than the final value of the work they do. 693 more words

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Lawyers muddy workers' rights

“A scab’s charter.” This was one published description of the South African Labour Relations Act (LRA) when it came into being 19 years ago. Because, although the bulk of the Act was warmly accepted by the labour movement, it contained a clause that seemed to undermine its basic precept. 699 more words

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Hindsight is also a blinkered perspective

“The misery of people here is very great, with beggars innumerable and increasing every day….pigs and calves live better than they.” That rhyming comment could apply to the legions of the poor in many parts of the world today. 720 more words

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Rank & file make their voices heard

There seems to be renewed confidence and determination at rank and file level among organised workers ain South Africa.  Increasingly, there are fresh demands for a “living wage”, for the historic wage gap to be closed, and for the voices of the members to be heard. 699 more words

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