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Industrialisation and Trade Union Organization in South Africa, 1924-1955 : The Rise and Fall of the South African Trades and Labour Council - Jon Lewis

Industrialisation and Trade Union Organization in South Africa, 1924-1955

The Rise and Fall of the South African Trades and Labour Council

By: Jon Lewis

Hardcover Published: 25th January 1985
ISBN: 9780521263122
Number Of Pages: 258

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This major study of South African trade unionism traces the history of the South African Trades and Labour Council (TLC) from its origins in the 1920s to its demise in the early 1950s. The book focuses on South Africa's secondary industrialisation and subsequent changes in work organisation. By analysing trade union structures and strategies in the context of these changes, Dr Lewis shows how divisions within the labour movement were bound up with the development of production processes and the division of labour, rather than being the inevitable outcome of racial antagonisms. The early chapters analyse the emergence of different trade union strategies: racially exclusive unionism, radical non-racial industrial unionism and at the centre of the stage the old craft unions. Craft militancy rather than any strategy of racial exclusion made possible an alliance between these craft unions and the radical industrial unions which was to maintain the unity of the TLC for twenty years. This era came to an end with the rapid industrialisation of the 1940s. As work processes were transformed, the traditional craftsmen lost their technical indispensability at the point- of production and increasingly performed supervisory functions. Faced with dilution and undercutting, and increasingly hostile to the majority of black production workers, the craft unions responded by redefining membership on the basis of race rather than skill.

List of tables
Note on terminology
List of abbreviations
Introduction: South African trade unions, 1924-55
Craft unions and mining unions to 1924
The challenge to the craft unions, 1924-39
Secondary industrialisation and the emergence of radical non-racial trade unionism between the wars
Afrikaner nationalism and the trade unions, 1934-55
Craft unions and dilution during the Second World War
Scientific management and the restructuring of the division of labour, 1939-55
The crisis of non-racial industrial unionism, 1939-55
The breakup of the Trades and Labour Council, 1947-55
Summary and conclusions
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ISBN: 9780521263122
ISBN-10: 0521263123
Series: African Studies Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 25th January 1985
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.55