Congress and bureaucracy

The Real Government Red tape. Vast, cookie-cutter buildings with fluorescent lighting and thousands of file cabinets. This building in Washington, D. These are the images that come to mind when many Americans think of government bureaucracy.

Congress and bureaucracy

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Comrade Violet was a good example of the shop floor based and shop-stewards activism that has characterised COSATU for more than two decades. In honour of this fine comrade, the movement must continue to be rooted in the workers at the shop floor, in the mines, factories and public services.

Shop-floor activism and internal dynamic participation by all the structures is the only guarantee of the movement's survival. Further, we acknowledge the many members Congress and bureaucracy leaders that have laid down their lives in service of the movement and the cause it is fighting for.

These comrades are the bedrock and lifeblood of the Federation; and continue to work tirelessly, often without reward, to continue the struggles of the workers. It is for this reason, that your efforts must be acknowledged. COSATU is a movement of ordinary working men and women that have joined together to fight for a better life for the workers in the thousands of workplaces across the country.

COSATU members also understand that workplace struggles are integrally linked to community and the broader struggle for social transformation. Hence, they form the backbone of our allied formations, the leading formation of our national democratic revolution, ANC and the vanguard of the South African working class, the SACP.

Introduction The task of the political report to the Congress is two-fold. First, it must provide a political analysis of the domestic and global situation; identify opportunities and challenges; and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the forces fighting for change. The second task of the report is give feedback to delegates on what actions were taken to implement the mandate of the previous Congress, i.

Congress and bureaucracy

For that reason, the Political Report is divided into two parts, reflecting on the broad strategic challenges facing the democratic movement, and a report to delegates and members on the execution of the mandate. The political report is obviously tabled in a different context than the one that prevailed at the 8th National Congress: The changes it has proposed are still at an early stage, but mark a decisive landmark in the post history of the ANC; The subsequent formation of an opportunist splinter group which, in its bid to steal the legacy of our National Democratic Revolution, calls itself the Congress of the People; The historic fourth democratic general elections that took place on April 22, Regular elections are important sign of the health and maturity of democracy.

The elections affirmed South Africa's march towards a free, united, democratic, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa. This year also marked also the 15th Anniversary of the democratic breakthrough.

The tumultuous economic developments at a global and national level. The world is still struggling to shake off the massive impact on jobs, livelihoods, national economies and financial markets unleashed by the global economic crisis. The effects are still working their way in the South African economy and have prompted a national response involving government, labour and business to address the ramifications of the global economic crisis.

The question facing us as delegates is what has changed since the previous time we met? The dominant theme of this report is to provide an answer to this question. There is no doubt that there has been significant change since the last Congress. Before, reflecting on what the post-Polokwane moment represent, the report briefly recalls the mood and context of the previous Congress.

Not only did we report growth in membership, the stature of COSATU remained very high including within the world trade union movement.

This manifested itself in the hot contestation for leadership and the direction of the Federation. Negative campaigning, including the use of tribalism, character assassinations and selective use of the mass media to destroy particular leaders or contest Federation position; was the hallmark of electioneering.

The Federation survived that test and emerged united behind a common programme and leadership, to the utter horror of the skeptics and dooms-day philosophers.

We owe it to the maturity of delegates and the strength of our organisation that we survived the test. Congress must also reflect on the strategic task contained in the September Commission Report; the Organisational Review Report and the Plan adopted in the 8th National Congress.

At the centre of these historic documents is the task of placing working class interest as the dominant national goal. That includes building strong organisation; asserting working class hegemony in all sites of power; and defeating neo-liberal dogma.

We have the privilege as this generation of trade unionists to evaluate progress in achieving the goals we set ourselves in the previous congresses.

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Further, we must set ourselves a mission that we must fulfill in order to take forward the workers' struggle. As we undertake this task, we must remind ourselves of the advice by one of the African revolutionaries, Franz Fanon, when he said: To appreciate the moment we invite delegates to spare some moment thinking about previous congresses in particular the historic eighth and ninth National Congresses of the Federation.

Recall that as we met to adopt the programme in our eighth National Congress inthe Alliance was on the brink of collapse. The Alliance was effectively marginalised and reduced into a crises manager. The drivers of the class project were provoking a walk out by the left as they were driving a systematic campaign to transform the liberation movement, which is a home for all progressives, into a narrow centre-left political party and election machinery.

At this stage a growing number of our cadres, in particular in the unions organising in the state, were calling for the severance of relations.Now when the government does something obnoxious, stupid and unconstitutional – and we avail ourselves of our First Amendment right and lobby Congress – they can lamely point at the Fourth Branch bureaucracy and say “It wasn’t us – it was them.”.

Political Report to the Tenth Cosatu National Congress. Theme: Consolidating Working Class Power in Defense of Decent Work and for Socialism. Table of Contents. Donate via Mail: Brother Nathanael Foundation PO Box Priest River, ID The Founding Fathers, the framers of the U.S.

Constitution, wanted to form a government that did not allow one person to have too much control. With this in mind, they wrote the Constitution to provide for a separation of powers, or three separate branches of government.

Each branch has its own. Congress is able to oversee federal bureaucracy by holding the funding that will support the bureaucracy; Congress is also able to initiate and conduct investigations on any bureaucracy that it deems necessary. Congress is responsible for the oversight of each of the federal bureaucracy agencies.

In this lesson, we will examine the history of the American bureaucracy. We will trace its development from its earliest days through its growth in the 19th and 20th centuries and up to the present.

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