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Title:The level of bargaining: new industrial unionism in the food industry
Author:Maree, J.ISNI
Periodical:South African Review - SARS
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:collective bargaining
trade unions
food industry
Abstract:The rapid growth of democratic unions in South Africa in the 1980s, and COSATU's policy of consolidating one union per industry, facilitated the emergence of national industrial unions. This article deals with one such union, the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU), a mergence of the Food and Canning Workers Union (FCWU), the Sweet Food and Allied Workers Union, and other COSATU unions in the food industry (1986). The FAWU is the largest union in the industry, listing 17 different food sectors in its constitution. This article analyses FAWU's achievements in centralizing its collective bargaining process, which has been most successful in the milling sector, and least successful in the baking sector, where most of the bargaining is at plant level. FAWU has also attained national bargaining in the clear beer (as opposed to the sorghum beer) industry, and, to a less degree, in the fish-processing sector. The article demonstrates that company policy and structure of the industry are among the factors that determine the level of bargaining. Ref.