Rally in New York City to raise the minimum wage. Photo by Flickr user Otto Yamamoto. (License: CC BY-SA 2.0)Minimum wage debate: the old cheap labour system will get us nowhere

The low wage argument is a red herring, argue Gilad Isaacs and Ben Fine in the latest contribution to the minimum wage debate.

Dec 17, 2014
Gilad Isaacs and Ben Fine
Collapsed Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2013. Photo from Wikimedia Commons uploaded by user Rijans007 (CC BY-SA 2.0).Cape Town congress shows how Rana Plaza offers hope for workers' rights

Rana Plaza was the deadliest factory disaster in history. On April 23 last year a shoddily built eight-storey building in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, collapsed.

Dec 15, 2014
Terry Bell
Photo from archive of Treatment Action Campaign photos. Photographer unknown.Know Your Constitution: a challenge to students

This is a challenge to young people, and to law students in particular, to think about how we can use the law to effect change: we have a Constitution now, but what are we going to do with it?

Dec 10, 2014
Rachel Mazower and Isabeau Steytler
Francis Petersen. Photo from UCT website.UCT responds on minimum wage

UCT's Deputy Vice-Chancellor responds to the article by Budlender and Lorenzen that criticised UCT's policy for next year on minimum wages.

Dec 10, 2014
Francis Petersen
University of Cape Town. Photo from Wikipedia by Adrian Frith (CC-BY-SA 2.5).UCT's muddled minimum wage

Josh Budlender and Johan Lorenzen argue that the reasons given by the University of Cape Town (UCT) for the minimum wage of outsourced workers in 2015 do not make sense.

Dec 8, 2014
Josh Budlender and Johan Lorenzen
Why domestic workers keep fighting

Nearly 17 years ago, sitting behind a slightly battered desk in Cape Town’s Salt River, Myrtle Witbooi told me that the dream of domestic workers being “treated like other workers” would not die. “We want a living wage and proper hours. It is a dream…but we will get there,” said the woman who, in Cape Town in 1965, convened the first organisational meeting of domestic workers.

Dec 8, 2014
Terry Bell
Ayanda Kota, chairperson of the Unemployed People's Movement. Photo by Jon Pienaar.Some lessons for South Africa's sectarian middle-class lefties

Some NGOs with no membership that cast themselves as "radical" misuse grassroots organisations for their own purposes, writes Ayanda Kota.

Dec 4, 2014
Ayanda Kota
The Arcelor Mittal Steel Plant smokestacks at Vanderbijlpark. Picture by Earth Life Africa’s Trusha Reddy.Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance claim court victory

Steel Valley communities’ victory against ArcelorMittal is a victory for pollution-affected communities across the country, writes Melissa Fourie.

Dec 3, 2014
Melissa Fourie
Raymond Suttner. Photo by Nomboniso Gasa.Militarisation and depoliticisation in South Africa today

One of the striking features of South African politics in recent years is its re-militarisation - a tendency for political issues to be addressed or resolved by force. This is part of a wider problem of violence suffusing South African society in general - that people, especially men, vent their anger with violence rather than discuss what has caused them to be annoyed in areas unrelated to politics, for example so-called “road rage”.

Dec 2, 2014
Raymond Suttner
Man at the Crossroads by Diego Rivera. Image by Wikipedia user Gumr51 (CC BY-SA 3.0).SACP: the biggest potential loser in Cosatu crisis

Politically, the biggest potential loser in the ongoing and increasingly bitter fracas within Cosatu and its affiliates is the smallest member of the ANC-led tripartite alliance, the South African Communist Party (SACP). That party’s Medium Term Vision (MTV), described in some party documents as a “ten-year plan” looks close to being in tatters.

Nov 30, 2014
Terry Bell