chapter  10
Between Revolutionary Rhetoric and Class Compromise: Trade Unions and the State
ByHerbert Jauch, Ann Cecilie Bergene
Pages 14

The chapter explores the contextual embeddedness of trade unions through an analysis of the crisis experienced by the Namibian labour movement. A premise of this chapter is that labour, organized or not, should not be analytically separated from capital, the state and civil society, and, as a corollary, that trade union activity is necessarily political (Glassman 2004). Trade unions do not make independent decisions in the sense that their policies and strategies are formulated in a vacuum, rather they must be analysed in relation to the socio-political context.