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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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The social catastrophe facing SA

The South African economy is facing a rocky period.  But don’t blame the platinum strike or the union or workers involved.  That labour dispute was a symptom, not the cause, of problems that had developed outside of the control of the workers. 708 more words

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A ticking time bomb & a badge of poverty

The strike on South Africa’s platinum belt has correctly been categorised as a national crisis, but it is only one aspect of a much more severe crisis that confronts the country. 725 more words

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Back to work on the SA platinum front

Barring some unforeseen last minute hitch it seems that the country’s longest mining strike is finally over.  By Monday, June 16 or Tuesday at the latest, most of the 70 000 striking miners should stage “back to work” marches behind their union banners. 742 more words

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Unions get back to democratic basics

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. 725 more words

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