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Inherent inequality of the World Economic Forum

The annual World Economic Forum (WEF) extravaganza got underway last week as 700 private jets whizzed into the Swiss Alpine resort of Davos.  This is a gathering where the heads of immensely rich corporations wine, dine, bribe and bully various power brokers and wannabe tycoons to do their bidding and to adopt policies that suit the corporate world. 652 more words

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Unions: potential bulwarks of democracy

Trade unions are the bulwark of democracy, Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation told the recent UNI global union gathering in Cape Town. 622 more words

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Silver lining to global clouds of turmoil

As another year draws to a close, the advice usually attributed to the Italian revolutionary, Antonio Gramsci constantly comes to mind: exercise pessimism of the intellect, but optimism of the will. 617 more words

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Global hope for worker rights

Rana Plaza was the deadliest factory disaster in history. On April 23 last year a shoddily built eight-storey building in the Banglsdeshi capital, Dhaka, collapsed. 665 more words

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SA's domestic workers continue to dream

Nearly 17 years ago, sitting behind a slightly battered desk in Cape Town’s Salt River, Myrtle Witbooi told me that the dream of domestic workers being “treated like other workers” would not die. 608 more words

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Who stands to lose most in SA union fracas

Politically, the biggest potential loser in the ongoing and increasingly bitter fracas within Cosatu and its affiliates is the smallest member of the ANC-led tripartite alliance, the South African Communist Party (SACP). 629 more words

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