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Some choice bits from NUMSA's response to COSATU
The full text can be found here
13. We have boldly maintained that at the heart of the crisis in COSATU are two opposing forces: the forces of capitalism and the forces socialism. The capitalist forces within the Federation seek to make workers to understand and tolerate the continuation of white monopoly capitalist domination, by accepting elements of the neoliberal NDP. The socialist forces...
by Khalid Shaalan
by Khalid Shaalan: This article orginally appeared Mada Masr
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A!: Could you give some background to the ongoing strike, and explain the factors that led to the continuing mass action?
M: The undermining by employers, by not coming to (fulfilling) their offer that the workers in 2012 died for. Impala, Anglo and Lonmin, the bosses of those three companies don't want to pay what they promised the workers who passed away in 2012. They undermine the deals they commi...
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The two have also displayed authoritarian instincts. However...
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from Monthly Review
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