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Political interference and the unions

The attempt by labour minister Mildred Oliphant — including a couple of lengthy and costly court battles — to interfere in trade union administration was slapped down hard on January 26. 641 more words

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A luta continua — for 22 years

A labour dispute at the then Midrand municipality in 1994 has rumbled on for 22 years and has again, this year, come to the fore. In the process it has thrown into sharp focus some serious problems facing the South African labour movement. 712 more words

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Resilence amid the doom & gloom

The almost meaningless display of verbal pyrotechnics that annually accompanies South Africa’s secondary school matriculation results is thankfully behind us. But the reality of a potential 700 000-plus school leaving job seekers is most definitely not. 752 more words

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Why free speech should be a priority

This week ends with the 20th anniversary (December 10) of the adoption of South Africa’s Bill of Rights and justly lauded Constitution. But it comes at a time of considerable political and economic turmoil, nationally and globally, and when some of the rightly praised clauses of the Bill of Rights are under threat. 712 more words

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A week of dashed expectations

The bitter internecine feuding within the ANC-led alliance has caused major disruptions within Cosatu affiliated unions. And the rows show little sign of abating following another tumultuous week. 788 more words

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A basic income glimmer of hope

As we head toward what looks likely to be a rather austere festive period at a time of great political uncertainty arguments in South Africa about a minimum wage continue to rage. 585 more words

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Confusion reigns in SA — as does Zuma

A major political battle was won and lost in South Africa over the past week and more. But the war is far from over and it will continue to have severe repercussions, not least among the labour movement contingents on the fringes and those in the midst of this internecine feuding that includes factional battles within all three alliance partners. 791 more words

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