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Trade unions and democracy in South Africa: Union organizational challenges and solidarities in a time of transformation

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 0007-1080

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2008 Blackwell Publshing. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in British Journal of Industrial Relations. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
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
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8543.2008.00685
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2008.00685
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4699

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