— by Graham H. Cox — last modified Apr 27, 2017 11:23 AM
“We’ve got a mix of workers in the private sector, manufacturing, transport, mining and construction. And we’ve got unions in the public sector – the biggest ones are the South African Policing Union and the National Union of Public Servants and Allied Workers.… [SAFTU] is independent but not apolitical. It is truly worker controlled and democratic and not ‘sloganising’ over the issues. SAFTU is truly fighting and militant.” At a TUED strategy meeting in New York in early April, Karl Cloete, NUMSA’s Deputy General Secretary, told union representatives from 12 countries that while the new federation’s campaigning priorities will focus on the many grave and urgent challenges facing South Africa’s highly exploited workers and exceptionally vulnerable poor, SAFTU would also make energy democracy and just transition part of its core agenda.
Declaration of the Launching Congress of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) – Trade Unions for Energy Democracy
— by Graham H. Cox — last modified Apr 27, 2017 11:21 AM
At a historic launch event held outside Johannesburg on April 21-23, 2017, almost 1,400 voting delegates from two-dozen unions representing 700,000 workers convened to launch the new “South African Federation of Trade Unions” (SAFTU). In addition to adopting the name, logo and colors — red, black and gold — delegates also endorsed a range of principles adopted at a preparatory “Workers’ Summit” convened by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) in April 2016, adopted a new constitution, and approved a report from the Steering Committee proposing a range of campaigning priorities for the next period.
— by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Apr 27, 2017 11:04 AM
"The man was processed as a refugee and assigned to an initial processing center in Zirndorf, in the southern state of Bavaria, where he submitted an application for asylum. “He did all of this parallel” to his duties as a soldier, Ms. Niesen said. “He appeared to live a double life.”"
New Report Shows Record-Level Student Debt as Significant Part of Canada's Debt Crisis | Canadian Federation of Students
— by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Apr 26, 2017 03:20 PM
"The high tuition, high debt status quo discriminates against students unable to pay the cost of education up-front. Today, a student who takes out a $30,000 loan from the Canada Student Loans Program will pay an additional $10,318 over 10 years in interest. Students from low-income families continue to be disproportionately affected by the high cost of college and university and end up paying more for their education than their classmates from wealthier families. The report also shows that the impact of student debt is gendered, as a clear majority of Canada Student Loans recipients and users of the Repayment Assistance Program are women."
— by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Apr 26, 2017 12:07 PM
"The documents also give an inkling of the ugly, cut-throat corporate, political and bureaucratic battles that have raged over the troubled federal shipbuilding program. ... Irving Shipbuilding may have wanted to kill the deal, but sources tell CBC News the Liberals were also deeply interested in finding out why former prime minister Stephen Harper's government rewrote the procurement regulations and what sort of political landmines might result from it."
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David J. Climenhaga | While supply management gives consumers a quality product at a price that allows local farmers a living wage, the alternative is not cheaper milk, cheese, eggs and poultry.
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Gordon Laxer | Investments in the oilsands have bled red ink since the international oil price crashed in 2014. Seventeen major oilsands projects have been shelved or cancelled.
Post-politics is alive in France, thanks to the marriage of social democracy and neoliberal economics
— by JBB — last modified Apr 25, 2017 06:11 PM
by Duncan Cameron | Rabble.ca | The marriage of social democracy and neoliberal market economics has created what Belgian political philosopher Chantal Mouffe calls "post-politics."
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by Ingo Schmidt | Socialist Project | We live in a paradoxical world. Much debate on the radical left revolves around multitudes of discontented groups - sometimes lumped together as the 99%, sometimes rebranded as precariat - struggling against an abstract empire and its 1% rulers. Capitalism and class - once serving as a compass to navigate left politics through the apparently chaotic sees of everyday life - have turned into subjects of theoretical debate with little to no connection to political praxis.
— by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Apr 25, 2017 11:26 AM
"The report says educational streaming, a policy in which students are grouped based on ability, was supposed to have ended in 1999 but TDSB data shows that black students continue to be directed towards essential and applied programs of study and away from academic courses, more so than white and other racialized students."