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Title:The hidden element in the 2010 public-sector strike in South Africa
Author:Ceruti, ClaireISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy (ISSN 0305-6244)
Volume:38
Issue:127
Pages:151-157
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:strikes
labour relations
public sector
trade unions
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056244.2011.552754
Abstract:The 2010 public-sector strike in South Africa was not only a test of the Zuma government but also a test for the strategy of the trade union federation Cosatu to achieve change by influencing policy through their alliance with the ruling party. This alliance produced a contradictory effect: it re-established some measure of loyalty between leaders and government, restoring their faith in collective bargaining. But its effect on workers was to heighten expectations and therefore to heighten militancy around a sense of righteous demand when those expectations were disappointed. That contradiction affected the development of the strike. The unfolding of the strike is partly the story of the contortions of union negotiators caught between betraying their 'comrades in government' and betraying their members. The pragmatics of collective bargaining took precedence over strategizing the strike. In the end, none of the strikers was satisfied with the deal that was made. Bibliogr., notes., ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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