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Of pay, politicians & nurses

South Africa is desperately short of nurses and many highly skilled practitioners are now over the age of 50 and nearing retirement. Yet there are estimated to be more than 30 000 South African nurses working abroad, everywhere from Dubai to Dublin. 641 more words

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Wage gaps disfigure SA public service

Don’t blame workers for poor management. And feel some sympathy for any competent managers, whether in a large school, a government department, or parastatal who often have to deal with a legacy of maladministration, all too often accompanied by levels of corruption. 711 more words

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A paradox for post May Day focus

It’s a great paradox: as food production has increased, so too, has the amount of hunger in the world. And not because of a rapidly increasing population — there is actually enough food to adequately feed everyone. 718 more words

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The ticking time bomb of Swaziland

(originally published on April 15 on the Fin24 platform)

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), campaigning groups and labour supporting members of the European parliament this month launched protests about the continued harassment and jailing of trade unionists and democracy campaigners in Swaziland. 664 more words

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Some light amid the labour gloom

News on the labour front over the recent past — and the past week — has involved ongoing infighting, death threats, an assassination and the petrol bombing of a union president’s house. 636 more words

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Cosatu: the end draws nigh

The fact that Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has refused to accept his dismissal from the federation should have come as no surprise to readers of this blog. 637 more words

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Eskom: wake-up call to SA govt & unions

South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa persists in referring to the mess that exists in power utility Eskom as “a challenge”. He did so in his Q & A session in parliament last week. 734 more words

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