Author: Salimah Valiani

Salimah Valiani is a labour researcher and political economist. She has engaged with migrant worker organizations and unions on organizing and global policy issues since 2001. She is the author of Rethinking Unequal Exchange: the global integration of nursing labour markets (University of Toronto Press, 2012).

  • Building Universal Healthcare in South Africa

    Wittingly or unwittingly, the proposal for National Health Insurance (NHI) in South Africa has created two camps: pro-NHI and anti-NHI. But as I argue in a recent article in the International Journal of Health Services, there is much more to improving health and healthcare in South Africa than the NHI. In 1939, Dr. Salvador Allende, … Keep reading »

  • ‘Poorly Behaved Nurses’ and Inequality in SA’s Healthcare Sector

    Nurses in South Africa get a bad rap. Whether by journalists, politicians, academics, patients or bosses, nurses – particularly in the public sector – are criticized, vilified and scrutinized. Little consideration is given to the trying context in which they work. Nurses hold 81 per cent of filled professional positions in the public healthcare sector … Keep reading »

  • Mobilizing Temporary Migrant Workers

    A Compendium of Forms and Preliminary Discussion While labour migration has been a recurring phenomenon in human history, what is new in the post-1970 period of restructuring in the world capitalist economy is the increased use of temporary migrant labour by employers around the world. The widespread rise of employer use of temporary migrant workers in … Keep reading »