Buhlungu, S., Brookes, M. and Wood, G. (2008) Trade unions and democracy in South Africa: Union organizational challenges and solidarities in a time of transformation. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 46 (3). pp. 439-468. ISSN 0007-1080Full text available as:
Based on a nationwide survey, this article focuses on the perceptions of 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 ANC and the extent of internal union democracy. The survey revealed that the ANC-Alliance continues to enjoy mass support, whilst internal democracy remains robust. At the same time, the federation faces the challenges of coping with – and contesting - neo-liberal reforms, retaining and reenergizing 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.
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|Institution:||The University of Sheffield|
|Academic Units:||The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Sociological Studies (Sheffield)|
|Depositing User:||Ms Suzannah Rockett|
|Date Deposited:||19 Sep 2008 14:24|
|Last Modified:||08 Feb 2013 16:56|