[ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 2000, “Whose Human Rights? The HRC and Labour”

Lucien van der Walt, 2000, "Whose Human Rights? The HRC and Labour," The Academic Worker, volume 1, number 1. Written for the short-lived online paper, the Academic Worker, based at the then-University of Durban-Westville. The source, back in the day, was http://www. udw-asa.o rg.za/whose_human_ rights.htm Get the PDF here.   Whose Human Rights? The HRC … Continue reading [ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 2000, “Whose Human Rights? The HRC and Labour”

[RESEARCH REPORT]: Lucien van der Walt, 1999, “The Social Security System in South Africa”

Note: Report commissioned by the moderate Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA), via the Sociology of  Work Unit (SWOP). It must be stressed that this report takes an essentially social-democratic  position, given the client. I subsequently wrote a substantially revised, rather more radical version (I should publish it one day). The report was written … Continue reading [RESEARCH REPORT]: Lucien van der Walt, 1999, “The Social Security System in South Africa”

[TRANSLATION]: Lucien van der Walt, 2016, “Más allá del “capital monopolista blanco”: ¿Quién es dueño de Sudáfrica?”

Lucien van der Walt, 2016, "Más allá del “capital monopolista blanco”: ¿Quién es dueño de Sudáfrica?" Traducción: Enrique García, 09/10/2016, from here l debate sobre el “capital monopolista blanco” tiene algunos puntos ciegos ya que omite el papel del Estado en la propiedad y control de los medios de producción. El estado también controla los … Continue reading [TRANSLATION]: Lucien van der Walt, 2016, “Más allá del “capital monopolista blanco”: ¿Quién es dueño de Sudáfrica?”

[ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “No to New Pass Laws: Solidarity with Immigrants”

Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “No to New Pass Laws: Solidarity with Immigrants,” Workers Solidarity, volume 2, number 2, third quarter 1996. The new South African government adopted a harsh line towards immigrants from an early period. Some blamed this at the time on Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, head of the Zulu national Inkatha Freedom Party … Continue reading [ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “No to New Pass Laws: Solidarity with Immigrants”

[RESEARCH REPORT]: van der Walt, Bolsmann, Johnson, Martin, 2002, “Globalisation and the Outsourced University in South Africa: The restructuring of the support services in public sector universities in South Africa, 1994-2001”

Lucien van der Walt, Chris Bolsmann, Bernadette Johnson, and Lindsey Martin, July 2002, Globalisation and the Outsourced University in South Africa: The Restructuring of the Support Services in Public Sector Universities in South Africa, 1994-2001. Final report for the Centre for Higher Education Transformation, University of South Africa (UNISA): Pretoria. Research undertaken via the Sociology … Continue reading [RESEARCH REPORT]: van der Walt, Bolsmann, Johnson, Martin, 2002, “Globalisation and the Outsourced University in South Africa: The restructuring of the support services in public sector universities in South Africa, 1994-2001”

[ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 2017, “Renewal and crisis in South African labour today: Towards transformation or stagnation, bureaucracy or self-activity?

Lucien van der Walt, 2017, “Renewal and Crisis in South African Labour Today: Towards Transformation or Stagnation, Bureaucracy or Self-Activity?” Pambazuka News, volume 436, number 1, online here eNCA/Sethembiso Lucien van der Walt Jan 26, 2017 South African unions are large but fragmented, substantial but politically weak. They represent different political traditions and all are … Continue reading [ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 2017, “Renewal and crisis in South African labour today: Towards transformation or stagnation, bureaucracy or self-activity?

[Briefing for UPM]: Lucien van der Walt, “One Year after the 2015 Grahamstown Riots against Foreign Traders: Attacks Hurt Working Class and Poor, Only Capitalists and Politicians Benefit”

One Year after the 2015 Grahamstown Riots against Foreign Traders: Attacks Hurt Working Class and Poor, Only Capitalists and Politicians Benefit Lucien van der Walt *Text commissioned by Unemployed People’s Movement, Grahamstown, October 2015. *Edited version: November 2016. A year ago, starting 20 October 2015, around 75 small shops were looted, some burned down, in … Continue reading [Briefing for UPM]: Lucien van der Walt, “One Year after the 2015 Grahamstown Riots against Foreign Traders: Attacks Hurt Working Class and Poor, Only Capitalists and Politicians Benefit”

[LEAFLET] “Stop Bundy! Stop Retrenchments!,” 2000 (for Lesedi Socialist Study Group)

Before the battle for #insourcing was the battle to stop outsourcing ... I wrote this leaflet for the Lesedi Socialist Study Group in 2000. The LSSG was a broad left group at the University of the Witwatersrand. We were from various radical traditions, ranging from Marxism-Leninism to Trotskyism to anarchism/ syndicalism, and had a background … Continue reading [LEAFLET] “Stop Bundy! Stop Retrenchments!,” 2000 (for Lesedi Socialist Study Group)

[ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “What Anarchist-Syndicalists Believe: Understanding and Defeating Racism”

Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “What Anarchist-Syndicalists Believe: Understanding and Defeating Racism,” Workers Solidarity, volume 2, number 2, third quarter 1996. Written for an progressive magazine in South Africa, this article argued that racism needed to be understood as an immense social evil, closely linked to the development of capitalism and the modern state -- … Continue reading [ANALYSIS]: Lucien van der Walt, 1996, “What Anarchist-Syndicalists Believe: Understanding and Defeating Racism”

[ANALYSIS] Lucien van der Walt, 2000, “Fighting the Privatisation at Wits” (university restructuring)

An older article, published in the Revolutionary Socialist of Cape Town. Lucien van der Walt, 2000," “Fighting the Privatisation at Wits,” Revolutionary Socialist, July/August 2000, p. 13. Get the PDF here.   Lucien van der Walt, 2000," “Fighting the Privatisation at Wits,” Revolutionary Socialist, July/ August 2000, p. 13. GUEST COLUMN: Mural at Wits: 1976 … Continue reading [ANALYSIS] Lucien van der Walt, 2000, “Fighting the Privatisation at Wits” (university restructuring)

[DOCUMENT] Poster from 1996 general strike around labour law

Poster from the 1996 general strike called by COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions) to try push the new Labour Relations Act (then Bill) in a more labour-friendly direction. A key point of contention was a clause allowing bosses the right to lock-out, which was being pushed by the old National Party (NP), the … Continue reading [DOCUMENT] Poster from 1996 general strike around labour law

[DOCUMENT] South African Sociological Association condemns “Wits 2001” outsourcing

In 2000, I was part of a campaign against outsourcing and neo-liberalism at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). As part of the Concerned Academics Group, one of several structures I was active in, I lobbied for the South African Sociological Association (SASA) to issue a statement firmly condemning the "Wits 2001" programme. SASA agreed, … Continue reading [DOCUMENT] South African Sociological Association condemns “Wits 2001” outsourcing