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A protest organised by the Congress of South African Trade Unions in South Africa. The question is: on whose behalf does the union movement advocate? Phillip Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa’s way forward: abandon old ideas, embrace bold experimentation

In this moment of crisis, South Africa urgently needs decisive action. But all too often South Africans of all political stripes seem trapped in stale discourses.
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Top economists say cutting immigration is no way to boost wages

Only five of the 56 economists surveyed believed lower immigration would boost wage growth. The rest backed measures to lift productivity and investment and changes that boosted the power of unions.
Workers with face masks seen at The Hat Factory in Cape Town, South Africa. But most employers don’t abide by health and safety regulations. Nardus Engelbrecht/Gallo Images via Getty Images

Why easing the lockdown threatens to put workers in South Africa at risk

Compliance with occupational health and safety requirements is already poor and few inspections of workplaces are being done.
Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) President Michele O'Neil (left) stands next to ACTU Secretary Sally McManus. Peter Rae/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: ACTU president Michele O'Neil on John Setka and the government’s anti-union legislation

ACTU president Michele O'Neil on John Setka and the government’s anti-union legislation. CC BY33.4 MB (download)
ACTU President Michele O'Neil says that the decision over Setka's leadership lies with the union membership, and denounces the government's plans to bring back anti-union legislation.

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