Trade unions and democracy in South Africa: union organisational challenges and solidarities in a time of transformation

Buhlungu, Sakhela, Brookes, Michael and Wood, Geoffrey (2008) Trade unions and democracy in South Africa: union organisational challenges and solidarities in a time of transformation. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 46 (3) . pp. 439-468. ISSN 0007-1080 [Article] (doi:10.1111/j.1467-8543.2008.00685.x)

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Abstract

Based on a nationwide survey, this article focuses on the perceptions of Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) members on two of the central issues that have dominated debates on the South African labour movement: the advisability of COSATU's Alliance with the African National Congress (ANC) and the extent of internal union democracy. The survey revealed that the ANC-Alliance continues to enjoy mass support, while internal democracy remains robust. At the same time, the federation faces the challenges of coping with — and contesting — neoliberal reforms, retaining and re-energizing rank and file in the post-apartheid era, and in reaching out to potential members in the informal sector and other areas of insecure work.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
Item ID: 1088
Depositing User: Repository team
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2009 17:18
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 01:47
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/1088

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