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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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The Aurora factor & SA worker unity

Infighting, bickering and the pursuit of power and patronage have largely paralysed South Africa’s largest labour federation, Cosatu, in recent years. That, broadly, is the view of the federation’s embattled general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, and of Jay Naidoo, Cosatu’s first general secretary. 629 more words

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Real SA Budget: a frantic daily struggle

Wednesday was Budget day in South Africa, an annual event for the state. But for most citizens, budget day is every day or, if they a slightly luckier, a weekly or monthly calculation to try to remain at least afloat economically. 619 more words

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Nationalisation, silver linings and the SA Post Office

Every cloud has a silver lining. This expression implies that there is some good in every troubled circumstance. Yet it is often difficult to find that silver lining in terms of benefits gained or lessons learned. 625 more words

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