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Title:Against the odds: the sustainability of the 'South African Labour Bulletin'
Author:Maree, JohannISNI
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa (ISSN 0258-7696)
Geographic term:South Africa
labour studies
Abstract:This article explores the strategies adopted by the 'South African Labour Bulletin' to survive the hostile environment within which it operated during the 1970s and 1980s. The remarkable achievement is that it succeeded against all odds and is now (2009) in its 35th year of publication. The Bulletin adopted four key strategies. The first was to achieve its autonomy after being established by the Institute for Industrial Education in 1974. The second was to draw university-based intellectuals onto its Editorial Board. They helped to provide a flow of continuous copy for the Bulletin and to establish an important subscriber base in the universities in addition to its trade union readership. The third strategy was to ensure the financial viability of the Bulletin, first by broadening its base of subscribers, then by obtaining regular funding from overseas donors. The fourth strategy was to publish material that was highly relevant to the goal that the Bulletin had set itself, namely to support the emergence and empowerment of a democratic trade union movement in South Africa. Bibliogr., notes. [ASC Leiden abstract]