'Pulled Apart, Pushed Together': Diversity and Unity within the Congress of South African Trade Unions

Posted: 17 Aug 2010

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Michael Brookes

Middlesex University

Timothy Hinks

University of the Witwatersrand

Geoffrey Wood

University of Sheffield - School of Management

Pauline Dibben

Middlesex University Business School

Ian Roper

Middlesex University - Business School

Date Written: December 15, 2004

Abstract

This is a study of horizontal and vertical solidarity within a national labour movement, based on a nationwide survey of members of affiliated unions of the Congress of South African Trade Unions. On the one hand, the survey reveals relatively high levels of vertical and horizontal solidarity, despite the persistence of some cleavages on gender and racial lines. On the other hand, the maintenance and deepening of existing horizontal and vertical linkages in a rapidly changing socio-economic context, represents one of many challenges facing organized labour in an industrializing economy. COSATU’s strength is contingent not only on an effective organizational capacity, and a supportive network linking key actors and interest groupings, but also on the ability to meet the concerns of existing constituencies and those assigned to highly marginalized categories of labour.

JEL Classification: J51

Suggested Citation

Brookes, Michael and Hinks, Timothy and Wood, Geoffrey and Dibben, Pauline and Roper, Ian, 'Pulled Apart, Pushed Together': Diversity and Unity within the Congress of South African Trade Unions (December 15, 2004). Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, Vol. 59, No. 4, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1660472

Michael Brookes (Contact Author)

Middlesex University ( email )

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Timothy Hinks

University of the Witwatersrand

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South Africa

Geoffrey Wood

University of Sheffield - School of Management ( email )

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Pauline Dibben

Middlesex University Business School ( email )

The Burroughs
London, NW4 4BT
United Kingdom

Ian Roper

Middlesex University - Business School ( email )

The Burroughs
London, NW4 4BT
United Kingdom

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