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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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No worker joy in SA public sector pay deal

My Inside Labour column last week, comparing the pay and conditions of nurses and teachers to those of cabinet ministers and MPs seems to have touched a raw nerve. 612 more words

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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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