This essay, by Sian Byrne, argues that “workerism” was a distinctive, mass-based and coherent multiracial current in the black trade unions in South Africa and that it played an important role in the larger anti-apartheid movement, and stressed class-struggle, non-racialism, anti-capitalism, worker self-activity and union democracy.
This booklet is a history of the Federation of South African Trade Unions (FOSATU) in South Africa.
FOSATU was formed in 1979. It's roots were in the 1973 strike wave by black workers in Durban and Pinetown (part of the "Durban Moment"). FOSATU's constitution enshrined the principles of workers' control of their trade unions, non-racialism, worker independence from party politics, international worker solidarity and trade union unity.
This is the text of the first Richard Turner Memorial Lecture delivered at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, on 12th August, 1987, by Duncan Greaves. Richard Turner, known as Rick Turner, was a radical philosopher and trade unionist assassinated in Durban in 1978.
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