Talking Point 29.4.2018 03:47 pm

South Africa’s strike rate not as bad as it’s made out to be

A report from the Department of Labour shows that the number of strikes has not particularly increased over the last decade.

South Africa’s parliament is currently debating amendments to the Labour Relations Act that will change how workers can go on strike. For example, the amendments would require trade unions to hold secret ballots to decide on strike action and introduce a mechanism where strikes could be resolved through an advisory arbitration panel.

South Africa’s strike rate not as bad as it’s made out to be
South Africa’s strike rate not as bad as it’s made out to be

South Africa’s strike rate not as bad as it’s made out to be

A report from the Department of Labour shows that the number of strikes has not particularly increased over the last decade.

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SA’s strike rate isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be

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Why the film ‘Winnie’ met all the criteria of a good documentary
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That time Julius Malema gave an acting judge a lesson on racism
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No one suggests that men with low testosterone should be eligible for female competition, but some women can supposedly compete with men.
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Science must fall? Why it still needs to be decolonised

We can’t reject science altogether, obviously, but reform is still required in how we learn about it and use it.
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Why sex machines should have rights too

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Why giving SA’s chiefs more power adds to land dispossession
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Why giving SA’s chiefs more power adds to land dispossession

Power over rural land has become more and more concentrated in the hands of local chiefs in post-apartheid South Africa.
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Winnie’s legacy was that she was loved and loathed

The Mother of the Nation who never became First Lady was waging her own struggle within the struggle.
Novel silver compounds offer potential cancer treatment breakthrough
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Until recently, most chemotherapeutic drugs have targeted DNA, directly or indirectly, either by damaging the DNA or interfering with enzymes that repair or fold the DNA.
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Ramaphosa has started cleaning up, but can he turn SA around?
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Ramaphosa has started cleaning up, but can he turn SA around?

The president faces deep challenges that go far beyond just winning the next elections.
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Why it’s hard to work out who really owns the land

In practice, land expropriation in SA may be a difficult matter if we must decide which descendants of the dispossessed are entitled to it.
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Why Ramaphosa is probably in no hurry to see Zuma prosecuted

With elections coming up, the ANC has many reasons for hoping its former leader stays as stubborn as ever.
Black people beware: don’t let Black Panther joy mask Hollywood’s racism
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Black people beware: don’t let Black Panther joy mask Hollywood’s racism

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Gender pay gap: Should men take a pay cut?
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Gender pay gap: Should men take a pay cut?

There’s no guarantee that the saving would be redistributed.
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Discussions of the water crisis that has hit Cape Town tend to focus on supply and demand.

 

 

 

 

 

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