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Muddled labour broker ruling overturned

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In 2015 a confusing court judgment ruled that labour brokered workers were employed by both the broker and the client company. Lynford Dor tells how on appeal a new judgment states that only the client company is the employer. But this is contested.

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Domecratic Marxism and the Numsa moment

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The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) moment challenges neoliberal capitalism promoted by the African National Congress (ANC) and brings together organised working class and left forces against capital. It is also provides an opportunity for renewal of Marxism in South Africa, writes Vishwas Satgar.

What is labour's perspective on education

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Every democratic society faces the challenge of educating succeeding generations of young people for responsible citizenship. The challenge that we face at the 20th year of freedom is to create an education and training system that will ensure that the human resources and potential in our society is developed to the full, writes Malose Kutumela.

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Senseless Capitalism

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It is the irony of capitalism that even public companies make profits on the back of job losses. John Appolis and Shawn Hattingh investigate how this is happening in AECI/AEL.

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History of worker choirs

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Although worker choirs were part of the trade union movement’s struggle against apartheid they found themselves in a new terrain after democracy in 1994, Busang Moiloa traces their role during this transition.

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Worker centres

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In the United States today, millions of workers, many of them immigrants and people of colour, are labouring on the very lowest rungs of metropolitan labour markets, with limited prospects for improving the quality of their present positions or advancing to better jobs. It is an unfortunate but true fact that their immigration status, combined with their ethnic and racial origins has perhaps the greatest impact on the jobs they do, the compensation they receive, and the possibilities they have for redress when mistreated by employers, writes Janice Fine.

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Orgabising along value chains

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Organising along value chains, though at initial stages, is likely to change the make-up of unions in Germany in the long run and something similar might happen to South African unions like the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa), writes Carmen Ludwig. 

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Worker centres

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In the United States today, millions of workers, many of them immigrants and people of colour, are labouring on the very lowest rungs of metropolitan labour markets, with limited prospects for improving the quality of their present positions or advancing to better jobs. It is an unfortunate but true fact that their immigration status, combined with their ethnic and racial origins has perhaps the greatest impact on the jobs they do, the compensation they receive, and the possibilities they have for redress when mistreated by employers, writes Janice Fine.

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United front as proposed by Numsa

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There is need to analyse the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)’s proposal on a Movement for Socialism (made at its special national congress (SNC) in December 2013) using Trotsky’s concept of the united front, argues Ayanda ‘Nyerere’ Madyibi.

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Unlocking labour laws

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In light of the recent events it is apparent that employers are beginning to think about new ways of holding trade unions liable for losses sustained by them. Shamima Gaibie looks at the basis upon which such claims can be lodged.

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