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Labour History

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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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Grievance to Collective Action

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Contrary to stories many unions tell the Casual Workers Advice Office (CWAO) believes the mainly labour brokered workers it services can be successfully organised. Indeed the article documents many victories.

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Cosatu celebrates 30 years

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Founded 30 years ago, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) had its 30th anniversary at Curries Fountain in Durban and the federation’s president Sdumo Dlamini reflected on its history, current activities and plan of action for the future.

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Editorial

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Writing in this Special Issue Johann Maree states that one of the reasons for the survival of the Labour Bulletin ‘lies in the focus and relevance of its contents’ that promoted ‘open debate and critical analysis’. The editorial policy also played a part as it aimed at supporting and helping ‘to build the democratic labour movement by providing information, analysis and news’. This is what is reflected in this 40th anniversary Special Issue.

NUM’s defining events

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There were six events in the National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM) history that defined it and led to its growth. These included the aborted 1984 wage strike, racial confrontations, illegal strikes and mass dismissals at Vaal Reef and the overturning of the 1985 mass dismissals and transformation of Gencor, writes Dunbar Moodie.

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South Africa’s role in Africa

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South Africa’s role in Africa can be described as capitalist, imperialist, expansionist and opportunistic. This makes it impossible to build cross-class alliances against global imperialism, writes Shawn Hattingh.

South Africa’s role in Africa

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South Africa’s role in Africa can be described as capitalist, imperialist, expansionist and opportunistic. This makes it impossible to build cross-class alliances against global imperialism, writes Shawn Hattingh.

Unlocking labour laws

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Can employers change your terms of employment?

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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.

Social democracy and the ANC

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The African National Congress (ANC) has historically supported ideas of social democracy as some of the ways to bring development to the country. Robert van Niekerk traces ideas of social democracy in the party’s history as it is important to review what has influenced ANC thinking in the last 20 years of democracy.

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