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Friday 20 May 2016

Labour news you cannot afford to miss !



SOUTH AFRICA: Marx and the search for alternatives
The latest unemployment statistics confirm warnings that the global economic crisis is not only ongoing, but deepening, says Terry Bell in his latest Labour Wrap”.  Click here to watch…http://www.fin

SOUTH AFRICA: Update on Project Spear Documentary Court Case
“The refusal of the SABC to screen the investigative documentary Project Spear, produced by film maker and journalist, Ms Sylvia van Vollenhoven, commences in the South Gauteng High Court next Monday, 23 May 2016. It is set down for four days of hearings.” read more…http://www.khu

SOUTH AFRICA: EFF hooliganism, media opportunism
“This week, once more, much of the mainstream media acted as a boom box to the EFF’s parliamentary hooliganism. In most commercial media outlets, the EFF MPs were portrayed as unfortunate victims, or, at worst, as righteous retaliators in the face of unjustified violence.” read more…http://www.sac

BRAZIL: Impeachment of Dilma Rousseff – the Brazilian ruling class on the warpath
“The Brazilian Senate has just voted by a majority of 55 votes to 22 to impeach the President Dilma Rousseff. Michel Temer, the Vice-President, and member of the bourgeois PMDB, is now making preparations to form a new right-wing government. “ read more…http://www.mar

SOUTH AFRICA: How will Vavi’s union differ from Cosatu?
The South African labour scene has a new labour federation on the way, and its founders and organisers claim it will immediately become the second-largest organised labour group behind Cosatu. But the pertinent question for many in labour and outside is how the federation will be different to Cosatu.”  read more…http://www.iol

SOUTH AFRICA: Founding principles for the new union federation
On April 30, 2016, at the Workers’ Summit, 1 406 representatives of 29 independent trade unions – and one existing federation, Nactu, with 22 affiliates – supported by civil society and community organisations, committed themselves to building a new, worker-controlled, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist, independent, internationalist, socialist-orientated and militant union federation”.  read more…http://www.iol

JOHANNESBURG: South African cabbies scuffle with Uber rivals
 “A group of South African metred-taxi drivers clashed with their Uber rivals in Johannesburg on Monday as a provincial government launched a process to formally licence the car-hailing app service.”  read more…

INDIA: Workers, Unions & The Class Struggle
With Abhinav Sinha

“Abhinav Sinha who is the editor of Mazdoor Bigul in India discusses the developments in the working class, unions and political situation in India.”  Sinha was interviewed in San Francisco on May 17, 2016
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SEATTLE: Amazon Proves Infertile Soil for Unions, So Far
“Last June, Scott Gragilla, a former Amazon fulfillment center employee at the warehouse, began asking questions about why workers were not receiving bonuses they had gotten in the past. Not long after, he said he was reprimanded for his job performance for the first time.” read more..http://www.nyt

SOUTH AFRICA: 90% local content: ‘I’m Hlaudi Motsoeneng, baby!’
There’ll be a reckoning to be had should any of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) radio stations choose to ignore chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s new policy, which requires that local music gets the lion’s share – 90% – of the airwaves”.  read more…http://mg

UK: David King 1943-2016: Revolutionary socialist, artist and defender of historical truth
“David King, who devoted his extraordinary gifts as an artist to salvaging the historical truth of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and its aftermath from beneath the vast and now wrecked edifice of Stalinist crimes and lies, died at his home in Islington on the morning of May 11.” read more…http://www.wsw