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time for radical changeThe National Union of Mineworkers is one of the dominant unions in SA. The union is part of the global labour movement that is in danger of losing relevance if it does not reform and adapt to the new demands in the workforce. Photo: Mpumelelo buthelezi
time for radical changeThe National Union of Mineworkers is one of the dominant unions in SA. The union is part of the global labour movement that is in danger of losing relevance if it does not reform and adapt to the new demands in the workforce. Photo: Mpumelelo buthelezi

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Adapt or die! That is an expression which should be echoing – and taken very seriously – throughout the global labour movement at a time of massively growing joblessness and the ongoing decline of trade union membership.

The expression is a paraphrasing of the argument put forward by evolutionist Charles Darwin in his book Origin of the Species. In it, he maintained that, looking to the evolution of life through the ages, the species that survived were those that best adapted and adjusted to changing environments.

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