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Coming Soon: Cosatu in Crisis edited by Vishwas Satgar and Roger Southall

Cosatu in CrisisKMMR is proud to announce Cosatu in Crisis: The Fragmentation of an African Trade Union Federation edited by Vishwas Satgar and Roger Southall – coming soon:

Cosatu has played a crucial role in championing democratisation, and it has been a critical voice for workers. But today, the future of Cosatu is uncertain.

While having to face the challenges to formal employment posed by a rapidly informalising labour market, it is bitterly divided between those who support and those who oppose the alliance with the ruling ANC. Formerly one of the most advanced and respected trade union federations in the world, some see Cosatu as undergoing the degeneration and marginalisation that has characterised the fate of many postcolonial labour movements in Africa.

So what are the implications for South Africa of the threatened disintegration of Cosatu and more importantly – what’s next for Cosatu?

Through the work of leading labour scholars and political analysts, Cosatu in Crisis: The Fragmentation of an African Trade Union Federation provides an extraordinarily engaged analysis of the underlying causes of the federation’s demise, and provides crucial perspectives on why organised labour is key to understanding the future of alliance politics, industrial relations and democracy.

Cosatu in Crisis is a must-read for unionists, business leaders, policy makers, and academics – and for anyone interested in knowing how labour will continue to shape the future of South Africa.

Chapters and themes covered in the book include:

  • Cosatu in crisis: analysis and prospects by Vishwas Satgar and Roger Southall;
  • Lessons from the political strategies of post-independence African trade unions by Ben Scully;
  • Cosatu and the Alliance: falling apart at the seams by Devan Pillay;
  • The changing social characteristics of Cosatu shop stewards by Roger Southall;
  • Cosatu’s organisational decline and the erosion of the industrial order by Christine Bischoff;
  • An afterword presenting possible scenarios for the labour movement by Vishwas Satgar and Roger Southall.

Book details

  • Cosatu in Crisis: The Fragmentation of an African Trade Union Federation edited by Vishwas Satgar and Roger Southall
    EAN: 9780992232948
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