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Friday 3 July 2015
Labour news you cannot afford to miss !

The Future of Greece Without Illusions
“In this country where we live today, on the very soil we tread, the “ideologist” of the Athenian Republic, Protagoras, proclaimed “Man is the measure of all things”, for the first time in the history of humanity.”

Greece can save the West
“Like Marathon, Thermopylae, Plataea and Mycale roughly 2,500 years ago, Western freedom again depends on Greece.”

An economic crisis never seen before in Greece
“Georges Ghonos, the managing director of McCain Hellas, the Greek division of Canada’s McCain Foods, is a pickpocket’s dream.  His black, leather wallet is as thick as a hockey puck.”

Reject the Marikana Massacre Whitewash! Jail Ramaphosa and Guilty ANC/SACP leaders!
“The report on the Marikana Massacre was released on 25 June. It is an outrageous whitewash, along the lines of the infamous Widgery Report into the Bloody Sunday Massacre in Derry in 1972.”

Marikana – the fallout
“It’s been almost a week since President Zuma made the Marikana report public. On the podcast, Daily Maverick speaks to stakeholders to see how the majority of victims reacted.”

SYRIZA’s Left fractions key factor in further development
“Greece stands in the center of the further development of Europe. Although the leadership of SYRIZA has repeatedly made clear that it is willing to come to an agreement with the EU and German imperialism – and to sacrifice its own electoral promises to achieve that – the outcome of the struggle is by no means decided.”

Obama to Puerto Rico: Drop Dead.
 “That was the message from the White House this week to 3.5 million U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico — our own version of Greece. No one is even considering a bailout for Puerto Rico, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. ”

Israel: An open letter to the world
“Roy Isacowitz says that country is simply not going to change, and all the reports in the world are not going to make any difference.”

Days of Promise and Danger: an in-depth look at the recent Turkish election
“By the time you read this you will have no doubt already absorbed initial reactions—from euphoria to guarded optimism—of the international Left to the June 7 parliamentary elections in Turkey, the first ever in which the neoliberal Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) in power since 2002 has fallen out with its much touted “national will” (milli irade).”

NUM Special NEC Press Statement
“The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) recently convened a Special National Executive Committee meeting to discharge the mandate given to it by the recent 15th National Congress held from the 3rd – to 5th June 2015.The meeting was held at Elijah Barayi Memorial College Midrand Campus.”

SAMWU going for Conciliation in the SALGBC
“The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) will be going for conciliation with SALGA in the Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC) from the 1st to 3rd July.”


Zimbabwe journalist jailed for publishing newspaper
“A Zimbabwean journalist has been sentenced to a year in jail for publishing a newspaper without government registration, the main journalists’ union said on Friday.”

UK Building Trade unionists, blacklisted activists demand police spying inquiry
“Trade unionists are demanding a full inquiry into ‘very troubling allegations’ of police spying on activists and blacklisted workers.”

COSATU Statement on the Farlam Commission Report released
“The Congress of South African Trade Unions has welcomed the release of the Farlam Commission Report last week on the 25th June 2015 by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma.”

Zuma’s speech no succour for Marikana widows
“President Jacob Zuma’s reading of sections of the Marikana Commission’s report into the circumstances surrounding the death of 44 people on August 16 2012 during a strike at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mines in the North West province provided no succour for those traumatised by their loved ones’ deaths.”

Panic Among Hedge Fund Investors in Greece “I just can’t believe these guys are willing to torch their own country,”
“For investors around the world looking at Greece, there was but one question Sunday: What is going to happen when the markets open?”

Gallup poll shows that 47 percent of Americans would consider voting for a socialist candidate
“A new Gallup poll shows that 47 percent of Americans would consider voting for a socialist candidate. Gallup has been polling Americans on their voting preferences for candidates of different backgrounds since 1937, but this year was the first time they inquired about socialism.”

SA flotilla activists arrive home
“Two South Africans, part of the recently-intercepted Freedom Flotilla that attempted to break an eight year Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip, returned to South Africa via OR Tambo Airport on Wednesday morning.”

China’s Communist-Capitalist Ecological Apocalypse
“This article seeks to explain why China’s environmental crisis is so horrific, so much worse than “normal” capitalism most everywhere else, and why the government is incapable of suppressing pollution even from its own industries.”

Why trade unions are even more relevant today
“Trade unions — as democratic organisations of the sellers of labour — are probably more relevant now than they have ever been. Especially for anyone who feels that democracy is an important concept.”

Uber, Lyft argue new regulations will stifle business models
“Innovation is at the heart of the so-called sharing economy, and now Uber and Lyft are fighting state regulations they say will stifle the tech revolution.”

The Decline Of The UAW, Business Unionism and International Solidarity With Frank Hammer
“Frank Hammer,  a long term member of the UAW and retired leader of his local  discusses the decline of the UAW and the role of business unionism.”

When your YouTube video becomes a corporate profit center
“Say it’s your wedding day. The ceremony’s over, and you’ve finished with the reception dinner.”

Statement on the Closure of The South African Civil Society Information Service (SACSIS)
“It is with great sadness that the South African Civil Society Information Service (SACSIS) announces its closure today, June 30, 2015.”