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Cosatu schisms make for a rocky road ahead

Souh Africa is in the midst of all the usual fanfare, the pledges, promises, rows and contradictions that accompany any run-up to a major election. But the scheduled national poll on May 7 seems to be beset by more bickering, bitterness and fragmentation than normal — and this is a clear portent for the future. 699 more words

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Still seeking fairness on SA farms

South Africa farm employer organisation AgriSA has met with trade union representatives in an effort to strike a deal to allow unionisation on farms — and especially in the winelands of the Western Cape. 711 more words

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Strike that should focus on jobs

A crunch point has this week been reached in South Africa’s platinum sector. Stockpiles are all but exhausted and striking miners are starving. In normal circumstances this would be the time when compromise is reached, a matter of who blinks first. 729 more words

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Mediation: an honourable profession

IN AN an unequal society where conflict between employers and employees is inevitable, the role of mediators who help minimise the damage to protagonists and society at large is an honourable one. 722 more words

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Bitter background to stalled pay talks

Unless bridges are built between competing sides, legacies of bitterness, hatred and fear, often distorted by prejudice and myth, can persist for decades, even generations.  And when there are are fairly recent incidents, especially those involving bloodshed and human loss, feelings, particularly among those who identify as victims, are all the more acute. 728 more words

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Missing the point on Women's Day

Saturday, March 8, was International Womens’ Day (IWD). And it was celebrated around the world, mostly in a manner that would have the founders of the day spinning in their graves. 718 more words

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