Trade Unions and Democracy in South Africa: Union Organizational Challenges and Solidarities in a Time of Transformation

30 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2008

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Sakhela Buhlungu

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Mick Brookes

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Geoffrey Wood

University of Sheffield - School of Management

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.

Suggested Citation

Buhlungu, Sakhela and Brookes, Mick and Wood, Geoffrey, Trade Unions and Democracy in South Africa: Union Organizational Challenges and Solidarities in a Time of Transformation. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 46, Issue 3, pp. 439-468, September 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1206056 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8543.2008.00685.x

Sakhela Buhlungu (Contact Author)

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Mick Brookes

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Geoffrey Wood

University of Sheffield - School of Management ( email )

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