The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “rights

Humanity is About the Workers, Not the Work

Posted on September 3, 2018

With Labour Day upon us, it might be a good time to ask a simple question: “What about the workers?” Seriously.  We’ve been talking about everything from what industry requires for the better part of two decades and workers are meant to just deal with any changes that have been implemented – most often without their input.  We demand citizen participation In our politics but tolerate an economy that sees less labour input, or even rights, each successive year. A good example of this the World Economic Forum’s recent report, published by its Council of Work, Gender and Education.  Its co-chair, Stephane Kasriel, posted last December what he believed to be the four predictions on the future of work, based largely upon the activities…

Mandela and Politics – The Art of Protest

Posted on December 12, 2013

It was quite a day.  Just as many of us were settling down to commemorate Mandela’s funeral, word came that Kellogg’s, a major food plant in London, was shutting down with the loss of some 500 jobs.  It was all so bittersweet, and made all the more difficult by the intrusion of politics into both situations in a manner that took attention away from a great individual and from some 500 other productive citizens.  When President Zuma of South Africa rose to speak, the loud chorus of “boos” filled the stadium and took away from what the day was supposed to be about.  He had political enemies and they opted to act on a day in which they should have just observed and reflected.…