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Transition from below: Forging Trade Unionism Workplace Change in South Africa (Paperback)
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Transition from below: Forging Trade Unionism Workplace Change in South Africa (Paperback)

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Paperback 284 Pages / Published: 30/12/2003
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This title takes a very different approach, exploring the transition from below at a micro-institutional level. It analyses the militant struggle of black workers against the despotism and racism of white power in the workplace, and of their participation in the broader political struggle against apartheid; the triumphant democratic breakthrough which culminated in the election of an ANC government in 1994; and the workers' strategy for reconstruction in the workplace and in local politics. The author explores the chaos and ungovernability in workplace and community as activists endeavoured to disrupt the order of apartheid, as well as the outlines of a new order that emerged from this turbulence. Simultaneously, it examines the divisions and contestation within the union - between political activists and shop stewards, between migrant outsiders and urban locals - that erupted in open conflict and violence between workers. The struggle against white power was simultaneously a struggle to build trade union organisation in a continuous process of forging and reforging the meaning and 'law' of the union. This title shows how trade union collective identity in the 1980s consisted of a complex amalgam of popular, class and workplace identities, many of which - popular political identity and migrant identity in particular - were forged beyond the workplace.

Publisher: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press
ISBN: 9781869140298
Number of pages: 284
Weight: 470 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 19 mm
Edition: illustrated Edition

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