COSATU

Labour in South Africa: A sleeping giant?

A chapter by Lucien van der Walt providing a brief overview of the union movement in South Africa, black and white, its achievements and its challenges.This includes a discussion of all the main union federations and their background, including the Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA).

Rethinking welfare: A radical critique - Lucien van der Walt

In 2006, Cosatu called for the introduction of a universal basic incomes grant in response to the ANC introducing various welfare measures to alleviate poverty. Lucien van der Walt argued that that unions had been sidestracked by technocratic demands and that the demand for welfare should instead be linked to the struggle of the working class to reinvent society.

South Africa: the partial reemergence of workers autonomy - Mouvement Communiste and Kolektivně proti Kapitălu

Marikana miners on a hill

A text about the wave of strikes which swept South Africa starting in late 2012, focusing on the role of the miners. Also published as PDF, MOBI and EPUB files.

A house divided: The state of the trade union movement in South Africa

Benjamin Fogel on the attempt by the South African Communist Party to take over the trade union movement in South Africa.

Uprising in the Cape Winelands - self-organised farmworkers reject union attempts to end their strike

Fires set during farm workers' protests.

Driving through the Hex River Valley after Wednesday’s chaotic protests feels like entering a ghost town. Yet when one manages to find residents and speak to them, it becomes crystal clear that the farm workers are planning to hold out for their wage demands – and that few of them know anything of the well-publicised promises that they would be back at work this week.

Are the strikes In South Africa good for mining companies?

As the dispute continues in Marikana, and appears to be spreading to both other platinum mines and to more workers at Lonmin, is it worth taking a step back from the immediate actions and considering the broader economic effect of the strikes?

Armageddon at Implat's wildcat strike? Mine eruptions escalate in South Africa

Protesting miners throw rocks at police near Impala Platinum's Rustenburg mine.

22 February 2012. South African miners are in the fifth week of a wildcat strike that has paralysed the Rustenburg mine of Impala Platinum, the biggest producer of platinum in the world. The last few days have seen antagonism erupt into increasingly militant action.

COSATU’s response to the Crisis: an anarcho-syndicalist assessment and alternative

Black Flame co-author Lucien van der Walt on the South African Trade Union Federation.

South African unions call off massive strike

Cosatu pickets

Unions have agreed to a government pay offer just 0.5% above inflation, describing it as "fantastic."

South Africa: ‘Massive’ strike spreads on 13th day

Cosatu pickets

A nationwide public sector strike by hundreds of thousands of workers has shut down schools, courts and hospitals in a bitter dispute over pay that has seen the army deployed against pickets.