Unions and Cyber-Activism in South Africa

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Charley Lewis

University of the Witwatersrand - Faculty of Humanities

Date Written: February 2005

Abstract

The track record of the use by Congress of South African Trade Unions of ICT tools and services reveals that the potential for cyber-unionism in South Africa offers mixed prospects. On the one hand COSATU has recognised and sought to exploit the possibilities afforded by e-mail, the Internet and other tools of cyber-activism. On the other, the federation has faced a number of constraints, including lack of access to infrastructure, difficult organisational dynamics, lack of computer literacy and support capacity, as well as a number of cultural challenges.

Keywords: trade unions, cyber activism, cyber union

Suggested Citation

Lewis, Charles, Unions and Cyber-Activism in South Africa (February 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2691897 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2691897

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