Globalisation School 2013

Organising in the period of Neo liberalism

22 September to 27 September 2013

Ritz Hotel, Sea Point, Cape Town

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September sees the hosting of our 2013 annual globalisation school. ILRIG has been hosting its globalisation school since 2002. Activists from a wide range of organisations, including social movements and trade unions throughout Africa are invited to apply.

In South Africa after Marikana there has been an ongoing strike wave - from the platinum province, to the 2012 farm workers’ strikes  in De Doorns, to the wildcat strikes in 2013. 

A common feature of these strikes was that they were led and driven by self-organised workers’ committees – in defiance of the existing unions and of signed collective agreements made with these unions.

These strikes have joined the wave of community protests that have continued all over South Africa since the early 2000s. Something is stirring from below …the seeds of a new movement are possibly being planted.      


Neo liberalism has not only been about privatisation and global speculation. It has also been about restructuring work and home. Today casualisation, outsourcing, work from home, labour brokers and other forms of informalisation have become the dominant form of work and shackdwelling the mode of existence of the working class. The latter is in direct proportion to the withdrawal of the state from providing housing and associated services.

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ILRIG April Conference 2013

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New Forms of Organising: Challenges and Possibilities for movements after Marikana



26 and 27 April 2013



The April Conference is an annual gathering of about 100 activists and a space for activists and analysts in South Africa to debate contemporary challenges facing the trade unions and social movements in South Africa, and elsewhere.


In April 2013 ILRIG will be hosting a special conference of the new strike committees and other self-organised initiatives which have emerged after 2012’s Marikana massacre together with activists who have been involved in the ongoing community protests of the last 10 years.

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Globalisation School 2012

Capitalist Crisis and Political Power
30 September to 5 October 2012
Ritz Hotel, SeaPoint, Cape Town
Tel 021 447 6375 •

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Ilrig-Form-FrontSeptember sees the hosting of our 2012 annual globalisation school. ILRIG has been hosting its globalisation school since 2002. Activists from a wide range of organisations, including social movements and trade unions throughout Africa are invited to apply.

Globally the crisis of capitalism has deepened in 2012 – with Europe at the centre of a debt crisis prompted both by the bailouts of the 2009-2010 phase and the terms of the setting up of the EU as a unity of countries having very different levels of capitalist development.

While the core countries such a Germany have been able to suppress real wage levels and generate large current account surpluses by becoming the world’s biggest export economy; countries in the South were reliant on EU grants and selling bonds to offset being net importers. These countries on the European periphery – Greece, Portugal, Italy, Spain – are today the focus of attacks to retrieve the pound of flesh desired by big bond holder banks in Germany and France. There is no solution to this debt crisis but it is clear that Germany is also using the crisis to restructure the EU more explicitly under tight EU (read German) control – taking over political decision-making of the countries in debt.

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Public Forum- The Occupation of Ronderbosch Common





Community House

Thursday 23 February 2012

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The 2012 ILRIG April Conference


National Liberation and its significance today
The 2012 ILRIG April Conference
Community House, Salt River, Cape Town
20-21 April 2012

Since 2007 when ILRIG hosted the Annual Rosa Luxemburg Seminar, ILRIG has been hosting annual conferences in April – specifically Internationalism, Then and Now in April 2008 and New Forms of Organisation Conference in April 2009, the Global Economic Crisis in 2010 and What is the SA Social Formation in 2011. The next in the series of Annual Conferences will be in April 2012 which is a year of great historical significance in South Africa.

It is the 100th anniversary of the birth of the African National Congress (ANC), founded in 2012 as Africa’s oldest national liberation movement, and thus it is an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of national liberation today, when the ANC is now the government of the day and yet acknowledges that in its own words, and in the words of its Alliance partner – the National Democratic Revolution is still incomplete.      

2012 will be the 18th year of the achievement of democracy in SA. But in that time, instead of the mass struggles of the 1970s; 1980s and early 1990s leading to radical transformation we have seen a decline in the extent and depth of those struggles and the triumph of a neo-liberal order. South Africa has joined the BRICS as an aspiring power, South African corporations have become global players, the composition of the ruling class is still overwhelmingly white and we are now the most unequal society in the world. At the same time we have an ex-liberation movement in government, carried there by the struggles of a black working class majority and with a ruling Alliance which includes the biggest trade union federation and a long standing Communist Party.

More recently we have seen the rise of movements and community-based activists who have waged struggles quite relentlessly for some 5-10 years – serving as a source of optimism and renewal on the left and yet not galvanising into a social force capable of speaking in its own name, let alone challenging the neo-liberal order. We have also seen a readiness of some organised workers to strike and test the limits of the partnership that comprises the ruling tripartite Alliance. But is South Africa’s heightened inequality – broadly acknowledged as being along similar racial lines to the apartheid configuration – a sign that the “national question” has not been resolved under neo-liberal capitalism?  Is South Africa today a failed national liberation struggle?

These questions assume a broader dimension in the context of uprisings in the North African and Arab world where local tyrannies and monarchies were aided and abetted by imperial forces for many years and which are now experiencing what are called new waves of national liberation struggles. Past such national liberation struggles – notably in Morocco at the turn of the 20th century – were the subject of debates within the pre-WW1 German Social Democratic Party, of which Rosa Luxemburg’s voice was a significant contribution.

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