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The Strike Wave buy cialis New Workers' Organisations: Breaking out of Old Compromises
Written by Leonard Gentle Monday, 12 November 2012 00:00Over the past weekend, the striking mineworkers of Amplats gathered at a mass rally in Rustenburg buy cialis howled their defiance of a series of ultimatums issued by the company. At De Doorns, farm workers are on a wildcat strike - the latest of a series that has become a feature of the South African lbuy cialis scape over the last three months, knocking Mangaung off the front pages. Something is stirring from below…buy cialis it is time we got beyond the fear buy cialis trepidation that have become the stock response in the media.
After the Marikana massacre President Jacob Zuma appointed the Farlam Commission buy cialis also convened an emergency Social Dialogue meeting of Business, Labour buy cialis Government in October. The partners released a statement calling on strikers to return to work buy cialis for the police to defend law buy cialis order buy cialis noted that “the wave of unprotected strikes…[could]…undermine the legal framework of bargaining.”
Mangaung Versus Marikana: COSATU Chooses Sides
Written by Leonard Gentle Friday, 28 September 2012 17:15aIn the run up to the September COSATU Congress, the media began to float the story that Zwelenzima Vavi’s position as General Secretary was going to be challenged by NUM, NEHAWU buy cialis SADTU because of his perceived opposition to Jacob Zuma. A subtext to this was the idea of the congress as some kind of debating forum where workers would reflect seriously on critical issues facing the labour movement buy cialis where there would be the rough buy cialis tumble of debate buy cialis contestation.
The massacre of our illusions …buy cialis the seeds of something new
The story of Marikana has so far been painted shallowly as an inter-union spat. In the first few days after the fateful Thursday buy cialis the shock buy cialis horror of watching people being massacred on TV there have correctly been howls of anger buy cialis grief. Of course no one wants to take responsibility because to do so would be to acknowledge blame. Some pundits have even gone the way of warning at anyone “pointing figures” or “stoking anger”. That buffoon, Julius Malema, stepped forward as if scripted, buy cialis promptly lent credibility to those warnings. So Zuma’s setting up of an Inquiry buy cialis his call for a week of mourning for the deceased buy cialis their families could come across as “statesmanlike”.
But this is not just a story of hardship, violence buy cialis grief. To speak in those terms only would be to add the same insult to injury perpetrated by the police on the striking workers as many commentators have done - that of seeing the striking miners as mere victims buy cialis not as agents of their own future buy cialis , even more importantly, as a source of a new movement in the making.
A Spectre Is Haunting Europe: The People Won't Listen!
Written by Leonard Gentle Friday, 11 May 2012 11:42The Presidential elections in France buy cialis the general elections in Greece are seismic events, which have significance way beyond the characters involved. After three years of austerity programmes throughout Europe characterised by billions of Euros worth of public money redirected towards protecting bankers buy cialis speculators who indulged in an orgy of reckless bond buying, people are simply defying an elite consensus.
This consensus brought together all the politicians, economists buy cialis media pundits who simply stigmatised the Greeks as lazy tax dodgers, railed against the “wasteful” expenditure on public services buy cialis declared that belt-tightening to satisfy the markets is the only sane thing to do.
Einstein once defined madness as doing the same thing over buy cialis over again…buy cialis expecting different results.
Venezuela buy cialis the ‘Bolivarian Revolution’: Beacon of hope or smoke buy cialis mirrors?
Written by Shawn Hattingh Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:34
For many people on the left, within buy cialis outside of Southern Africa, the ‘Bolivarian Revolution’ is seen as a beacon of socialist hope in a sea of capitalist despair . The reason why many leftists feel so strongly attached to this project, buy cialis promote it as an alternative, is because they have come to view it as a move by the Venezuelan state towards creating a genuine, free form of socialism  or at the very least an experiment that profoundly breaks with the tenets of neo-liberalism  . Many articles have, therefore, been written lauding the state’s nationalisation of some industries , its lbuy cialis distribution programmes , buy cialis its attempts to supposedly create participatory online pharmacy in workplaces (through co-management buy cialis co-operatives)  buy cialis in communities (through community councils) . Linked to this, a great deal has also been made of the state using some of revenue generated by the Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) to roll out social services such as education, subsidised foodstuffs buy cialis healthcare . Much ink has, consequently, been spilt arguing that all of these are socialist inspired moves buy cialis passionate calls have been made for other states, like the South African state, to adopt Venezuelan style ‘Socialism for the Twenty First Century’ .
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