TITLE: A History of Trade Unionism in South Africa

THEME: Building Democratic Trade Unions

TITLE: A History of Trade Unionism in South Africa

PUBLISHED BY: Workers’ World Media Productions (WWMP), South Africa

WHO IS THIS FOR? This report can be used by worker educators, trade union members and leaders, and community activists.

The different periods of South Africa’s modern capitalist history shaped workers’ organisation. This booklet reflects on the resistance workers posed to racial capitalism and how this spear of the liberation movement proved decisive in the struggle against apartheid.

This booklet also aims to enable readers to draw valuable lessons of the struggles of the past. It is hoped that through collective study and organising, leaders at all levels of the movement can apply these lessons in a process of addressing the current political and organisational weaknesses of our trade union movement and the working class generally.

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