UK cuts pensions and workers — without a fight

December 21, 2011

The compromise between the UK government and public-sector workers over pensions looks like an important breakthrough. But if David Cameron is emerging as a consensual politician, it is with a very hard edge.

No easy fix for South Africa platinum crisis

October 4, 2012

Striking miners want higher pay for dangerous work. But current prices are too low for the industry to pay up. Cutting production would help, but platinum mines are deep and expensive to shut. Firing workers is political dynamite. So the crisis drags on.