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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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Lessons SA unions should look to

Learning from the mistakes of others, and being aware of the basis of those mistakes, helps us not to repeat the same errors. This is something to which those individuals, groups and unions now agitating to move South Africa onto a new political trajectory via a trade union supported political party would do well to pay heed. 584 more words

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Calamity looms on SA political/union front

It is no exaggeration to say that South Africa is in the midst of the most important political development since 1994. The decision by the majority of the Cosatu union federation executive to expel its largest affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) started a process that is in danger of becoming a train smash that could seriously damage the country’s fragile democracy. 661 more words

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Answer to union turmoil is democracy

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. I tender this classic apology on behalf of many of my fellow journalists who have recently misled the public about the situation regarding South Africa’s National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) and the Cosatu federation. 603 more words

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