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Title:Exporting trade unionism and labour politics: the British influence on the early South African labour movement
Author:Visser, WesselISNI
Periodical:New contree: a journal of historical and human sciences for Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:trade unions
Abstract:The initial organization of South African trade unions and labour organizations can be attributed to the efforts of immigrants, largely from Britain and Australia, who prior to their arrival in South Africa had belonged to or had been influenced by trade unions abroad. Workers of British origin took the initiative in the formation of the South African Labour Party in 1909. Also, South Africa's first socialists were foreign-born (predominantly British) and its socialism was an imported doctrine. Socialists, both South African and British-born, attempted to come to terms with the problems raised by racial and national divisions within the working class. Even English-speaking socialist workers in South Africa still largely identified themselves as British. This 'Britishness' inhibited closer cooperation with the growing Afrikaner working class on labour issues of mutual concern for a long time. Notes, ref., sum. in Afrikaans. [ASC Leiden abstract]