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Unity, cohesion and a pink flag

Unity and cohesion remain the slogans for the ANC-led alliance as the three partners echo the claim of last week’s Cosatu special national congress that such togetherness has been assured. 579 more words

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A case of confusion, contradiction & irony

Behind a very flimsy screen of unity and cohesion promoted last week by Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini, the divisions in the country’s largest labour federation have become even greater. 757 more words

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Marikana, Aurora: where the buck should stop

Two of labour’s greatest modern tragedies in South Africa provided a media focus over the past week or so: Aurora and Marikana. And the latest episodes in these sagas brought to mind two popular expressions: “The buck stops here” and “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” 653 more words

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Why trade unions are even more relevant today

Trade unions — as democratic organisations of the sellers of labour — are probably more relevant now than they have ever been. Especially for anyone who feels that democracy is an important concept. 719 more words

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South Africa on a "slippery slope"

Are we on a slippery slope to authoritarianism? It’s a valid question to ask since both the Cosatu and the national constitutions have been undermined. And they were both, in their own way, flag bearers of the democratic promise of the new South Africa. 625 more words

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Mired in a parochial midset & ignorant of history

“No man is an island entire of itself. Every man is a piece of the continent.” So wrote the English poet, John Donne although, for continent he meant planet. 694 more words

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Don't blame workers for managerial incompetence

(Updated version of Inside Labour column produced on May 7)

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. 662 more words

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