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Title:Social Movement Unions and Political Parties (In South Africa and the Philippines): A Win-Win Situation?
Author:Schiavone, Michael
Periodical:African and Asian Studies
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:trade unions
government parties
African National Congress (South Africa)
Politics and Government
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/156921007X236954
Abstract:Social movement unionism is increasingly being seen as the strategy that US unions should adopt. However, what is often forgotten is that social movement unionism originated in the Third World. As part of the strategy it is argued that unions should form alliances with political parties. However, by analysing the alliances between the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the African National Congress (ANC), and the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the present author argues that union alliances with political parties have badly damaged social movement unions. In South Africa, in the ANC's first term in office, COSATU achieved many of its demands. These included the ANC ratifying several International Labour Organization conventions, implementing a new Labour Relations Act, and incorporating workers' rights into the Bill of Rights. However, the ANC's move to the right and its embracing of neoliberalism has led to COSATU implicitly agreeing with capitalism. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]