Workers formerly employed in South Africa’s mines are living with occupational diseases acquired from working underground and living in the industry’s hostels. While the gold mines have admitted their responsibility for the ill health of their employees, the agreed compensation is a pittance and the coal, platinum and other mines have still to own up to their culpability. A life spent working for the mines invariably leads to an impoverished, sickly and painful end. The Unpaid Benefits Campaign seeks to change that. Elitsha speaks to some former mineworkers and widows of former mineworkers, and members of the UBC.
Strategy and tactics of the COVID19 Working Class Campaign
Organisations making up the Covid-19 Working Class Campaign adopted a political platform that frames the approach of the campaign in the struggle to defend the working class against the effects of Covid-19. The platform concluded that the struggle against Covid19 was fundamentally a political struggle against the social and economic policies of neoliberal austerity. COVID-19 WORKING CLASS CAMPAIGN
Trade union essential staff can now travel to work and meet at workplaces with individual workers or shop stewards. Union officials can meet with the union’s lawyers, and can attend conciliation, arbitration and court hearings. These must all be done in ways that will not spread the coronavirus. CWAO
Directive by the Minister of Employment and Labour in terms of the regulations issued by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in terms of section 27 (2) of the Disaster Management Act (pdf 463 KB).. DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR
Direction by the Minister of Employmenr and Labour in terms of the regulations issued by the Minister of Cooperative Governmance and Traditional Affairs in terms of the Disaster Management Act (pdf 122KB). DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR
We will emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic into a global economic crisis and mass unemployment. South Africa was already in an economic recession before the pandemic. We have had mass unemployment for years. We have had more than 14 million people going to bed hungry. Now, everything is set to get worse. A tragedy of huge proportions is unfolding and only by standing together can complete catastrophe be averted. CRY OF THE XCLUDED
State assistance, especially during the Covid-19 crisis, helps people who literally have nothing to eat. But it is too little and its delivery is too patchy to bring real relief. AMANDA KHOZA, ANNA MAJAVU | NEW FRAME
The covid-19 lockdown has escalated the physical, emotional and psychological abuse of abused women, from beatings to extended periods of silent treatment, hurtful remarks and food deprivation. RIAAN GROBLER | NEWS24
The lockdown is unravelling. Businesses, which (at best) barely fit the Level 4 requirements, are opening, restricted items are being sold, domestic workers are returning to work, and people are moving around beyond essential needs. GILAD ISAACS | GROUNDUP
To begin to deal with South Africa’s persistent poverty, high unemployment, and the economic aftermath of the pandemic, grant increases must remain in place after the six month period. CHRISTOPHER WEBB, NATASHA VALLY | THE CONVERSATION
Technology can enhance and enrich pedagogy. But online learning, especially non-contact online learning, loses many of the critical acts and responses of the teacher as mediator of knowledge and understanding: it throttles pedagogical practice.
All eyes are on essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic, as individuals, companies and even the federal government make a point to thank them for their heroic action: working. MNDY ISSER | IN THESE TIMES
Black and Hispanic people appear to be feeling the brunt of the NYPD’s force when it comes to the enforcement of social distancing measures in New York City. Mind your data and set your ad blocker. JAMES GORDON | DAILY MAIL
A blanket solution to Africa’s debt burden risks costing African countries dearly in terms of access to international capital markets and the relatively lower cost of borrowing. RODRIGO OLIVARES-CAMINAL | THE CONVERSATION
From the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, various entities in the United States were always engaged in the kind of dishonesty we accuse China of to hide the extent of the virus. SAMANTHA MARCY WHEELER | EMPTY WHEEL
Science is a social practice as well as a knowledge-revealing one. Our challenge is not to proclaim the need to trust scientists, ‘follow the science’ and have faith in the authority of experts. Rather, it is to acknowledge that the rightful place of science is within, not above, society. JEREMY BASKIN | ARENA
Hunger is a bitter reality that modern civilisation should have expelled a century ago. It needs to be taken seriously. Half-hearted measures are not going to work. We need a social revolution in the world of food that breaks the grip of capital over the production and distribution of food. TRICONTINENTAL: INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH
As the top infectious disease expert testifies to the U.S. Senate that needless death and suffering could result from reopening too quickly, author and journalist Naomi Klein says a “pandemic shock doctrine” is beginning to emerge. NAOMI KLEIN | DEMOCRACY NOW!
COVID-19 is an example of what movement analysts call a “trigger event.” When shocking events of immense scale occur suddenly, they drastically alter life as we know it, and radically shift public sentiment. DBENROS, WILMOT, WARBURG | INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR NONVIOLENT CONFLICT
Even during the best of times, there are always going to be rogues in our midst. However, it is during the worst of times (and we are most definitely in one of those times), when the roguish ranks seem to multiply exponentially and become ever-more emboldened. DALE MCKINLEY | DAILY MAVERICK
While many of us remain quarantined, the surveillance state is actually stretching its legs, brought out for a run by our friendly neighborhood oligarchs like a young golden retriever let off its leash on a nice day.
In the mainstream view, the Syrian conflict began in the Spring of 2011 with a period of peaceful, pro-democracy protests, which were then brutally suppressed by the Assad regime. When taking a closer look at events during the first months of the Syrian uprising, however, a very different picture emerges. VWILLIAM VAN WAGENEN | LIBERTARIAN INSTITUTE
This position paper was prepared by the 7amleh – the Arab Center for Social Media Development as part of 7amleh’s advocacy work, focused on defending Palestinian digital rights. It is a part of a series of position papers examining the effects of the policies and practices of governments and companies on Palestinian digital rights. ISSAM ABDEEN | 7AMLEH
In San Remo, a sleepy town on the Italian Riviera, a few powerful states sealed the fate of the massive territories confiscated from the Ottoman Empire following its defeat in World War I. RAMZY BAROUD | COUNTERPUNCH
A new coalition of Amazon employee activists from Spain, France, German, Poland and America has announced itself with a list of demands for improved pay and safety—and they say that this is just the beginning. HAMILTON NOLAN | IN THESE TIMES
Governments across the world are failing to protect people from coronavirus. But there are better ways to tackle diseases. In Russia after the 1917 revolution, typhus posed a major threat—but revolutionary measures led by ordinary people stopped its spread
CHARLES KIMBER | SOCIALIST WORKER
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