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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Registration, recognition and organisation: the case of the Cape Town stevedores
Author:Western Province General Workers' Union
Year:1979
Periodical:South African Labour Bulletin
Volume:5
Pages:57-75
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:dockworkers
trade unions
Abstract:Reasons for this analysis: 1) the organisation of workers in as sensitive an area as stevedoring is both crucially important and extremely difficult. That - under the umbrella of the Western Province General Workers' Union - the Cape Town Stevedores have managed to organise themselves so successfully, demands close analysis; 2) there are a number of important general points that have emerged from the organisation of the stevedores. The analysis begins with a description of the events surrounding the organisation of the stevedores; in subsequent sections is re-examined, in the light of the stevedores' conflict (strike in December 1979), the question of registration, particularly insofar as it is prompted by a desire to achieve management recognition and by the need to counter the parallel unions. Postscript (the signing of the Constitution of the Stevedores Committee).
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