Misrepresenting the Causes of Unemployment

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While finding solutions to South Africas high rate of unemployment continues to occupy a leading place in national debate, on-going strikes over wages and working conditions are still met with threats of job cuts from employers. At the same time, mainstream discussions of unemployment are dominated by voices allied to the corporate sector that unfortunately also fail to recognise the structural nature of unemployment under the prevailing economic system. This has profound implications for the interventions that are considered when addressing the problem of joblessness. It is time to alter the discourse. We need a more honest engagement with the structural causes of unemployment in our public debates.


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Labour-Community Alliances Must Be Strengthened

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Messy alliance politics are clouding issues in the run up to the 2014 general election, but community organisations and civil society groups across the country have welcomed moves by NUMSA to forge an independent and anti-capitalist united front of the broad working class. For the first time in democratic South Africa, a COSATU-aligned union has openly declared that it no longer wants to be in a political alliance with the ANC. NUMSAs moves are embryonic and it remains to be seen if stated intent can be translated into practice, but the door is officially opened to new possibilities for South Africa.


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