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The long road to decent work

Africa is not a country, despite the way in which the continent is sometimes regarded by many Europeans and Americans. But for all its diverse languages, religions and cultural practices, there are global commonalities and decent work is one of them. 895 more words

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Time to focus on Gross Domestic Benefit

Text first published in City Press (Sunday, June 17, 2018)

As matters now stand, a disproportionate number of South African youth — officially men and women between the ages of 15 and 24 — are destined to join the ranks of the world’s discarded people. 566 more words

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Youth may yet show the way forward

Today — June 16 — is South Africa’s Youth Day, the formal celebration of the heroic 1976 uprising by Soweto school students against apartheid. That history and the hopes for the future that underlay it should certainly be celebrated. 784 more words

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Austerity, democracy & wishful thinking

There is considerable turmoil on the South African labour front. And much damage has been done to many trade unions, a great deal of it self inflicted. 655 more words

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A labour law battle looms

First published in City Press (Sunday, June 10)

A curate’s egg. That is the best way to describe the amendments to the South African labour laws now passed by the National Assembly. 575 more words

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Minimum wage, innovation & persecution

It will probably be a year before the controversial minimum wage Bill passes through South Africa’s National Council of Provinces and becomes law. By then, especially taking account of the 1% VAT increase and the hike in the fuel levy, the living costs of lower paid workers will have risen greatly. 774 more words

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Too much murk in dealings by the PIC

First published in City Press (May 27, 2018)

Are Cosatu-affiliated trade union investment companies, under the umbrella of Cosatu Investments, in line to be helped by Pubic Investment Corporation (PIC) to a R15 billion debt funded share deal? 560 more words

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