Title first published in 2003. In recognition of the power of organised labour, the ANC Government elected in 1994 granted South Africa's unions unprecedented legal and constitutional rights. Despite these gains, the country's unions have faced a fresh set of challenges, many of them emanating from their political allies in Government. From Parliament to the factory floor, South Africa's unions are now confronted with threats as dangerous as those they confronted when organising illegally in the heyday of apartheid. The purpose of this book is to examine how South African unions have responded and how well prepared they are to meet the challenges that confront them in the new millennium.

chapter |9 pages


ByFranco Barchiesi, Tom Bramble

part 1|100 pages

The Politics of Trade Unionism in the ‘New South Africa’

chapter 1|12 pages

Neoliberal Corporatism: Origins and Implications for South Africa

ByLesley Catchpowle, Christine Cooper

chapter 3|19 pages

COSATU and the Tripartite Alliance since 1994

ByDale T. McKinley

chapter 4|19 pages

Unions and Privatisation in South Africa, 1990–2001

ByMaria Van Driel

chapter 5|15 pages

Black Empowerment: a Tripartite Engagement with Capitalism

ByGeorgina Murray

chapter 6|15 pages

The Moment of Western Marxism in South Africa

ByAndrew Nash

part 2|73 pages

Organising in the Shadow of Flexibility

part 3|41 pages

Organising Under New Rules: The Impact of the New Labour Relations Regime