South Africa labor

Adler, Glenn and Eddie Webster - "Towards a Class Compromise in South Africa's 'Double Transition': Bargained Liberalisation and the Consolidation of Democracy"
Paper presented to the seminar on Labor and Popular Struggles in the Global Economy, Columbia University, New York City, 17 November 1998. In chapters or as a 30 page document. Includes a bibliography. [KF]

Africa Pulse - Labour
News on Southern African labor issues. Africa Pulse is an information portal for the Civil Society sector in the Southern African Development Community. From Southern African Non-Governmental Organisation Network (SANGONeT) based in Johannesburg. [KF]

Africa South of the Sahara - Labor
Directory of internet resources on Africa and labor. From the Stanford University Libraries.

African National Congress - Historial Documents
A rich source of primary documents on South Africa labor history. Includes:

Business Times
South African newspaper published every Sunday. Has a feature "Labour Guides"  on South African issues and links to labor-related sites.

Butterworths South Africa (now Lexis Nexis Butterworths)
Wealth of information, for paid subscribers, on South African law, taxation, accounting. A free sample of their databases can be seen on Butterworths Express. Databases include: South African Law Reports, Constitutional Law Reports, Labour Law Reports, Exmployment Law Journal.Also has the IR Network, available thru paid subscription only. This includes Labour Court Judgments, Labour Relations Act Judgments, labour legislation, labour news, a trade union directory with union media statements, and collective agreements.

Centre for Democratic Communications
Information on the South African labor movement and COSATU, Congress of South African Trade Unions.Press releases, key discussion documents, articles from The Shopsteward, photos. Also links to the South African community radio sector and the South African film industry.

Centre for Socio-Legal Studies - Labour
Holds an annual labour law conference. Promotes "a rights culture and a protective and responsive legal system...." Described the university-based Street Law program. Publishes Democracy Watch. Has an internship program. The Centre was established in 1987 in the Law Faculty at the University of Natal, Durban.

Community Agency for Social Enquiry (C A S E)
An NGO which conducts research in the socio-economic, political and developmental fields. Has full text reports online such as:

  • "Civil society and the State in South Africa," Based in Braamfontein, South Africa.
  • "Monitoring Socio-economic Rights in South Africa: Public Perceptions"
  • "Gender Opinion Survey"
  • "Pay Equity: Differences between Women and Men Farm Workers"
  • "Fostering Mutual Co-operation: Intergovernmental Relations in South Africa"
  • "Intergovernmental Relations and Provincial Government"
  • "Health Care in South Africa: The Second Kaiser Family Foundation Survey"
  • "Sustainable livelihoods: Towards a Research Agenda"
  • "Socio-economic and Political Analysis of the Gauteng Province"
  • "Infrastructure Delivery in South Africa: A NEDLAC Project"
  • "The Budgetary Implications of the Implementation of the Domestic Violence Act"
  • "Access to Justice in South Africa: Legal Aid Transformation and the Paralegal Movement."

COSATU, Congress of South African Trade Unions
Labor federation founded in 1985, a partner with the African National Congress in the Tripartite Alliance. Has reports, speeches.

Human Rights Watch (New York) - Prohibited Persons: Abuse of Undocumented Migrants, Asylum-Seekers, and Refugees in South Africa
Full text of the 1998 report.

International Labour Organization - e.quality@work
An Information Base on Equal Employment Opportunities for Women and Men. For the African countries covered (Egypt, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia) provides information on all or some of the following - equal employment legislation; collective agreements; case law, customary law, labor courts, workers' and employers' organizations, national guidelines, government programs, links to related sites.

Kadalie, Dr. Clements, (1896 - 1951), "Champion of the African Workers" - Donal Brody
Profile (7 p.) by Dr. Brody (antiquarian bookseller) on the founder of the Industrial and Commercial Worker's Union (ICU). Has photographs and excerpts from letters with Arthur Creech-Jones, UK labor leader.

Labour Court
This Univ. of the Witwatersrand Law School site is "host to an electronic library of documents relating to South African law and international human rights law. The site contains a full archive of decisions of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and the Land Claims Court of South Africa, houses the post-1998 decisions of the Labour Courts, the electronic publications of the South African Law Commission and is a mirror site to the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library."

Labour Protect
"...a network of some of the best labour attorneys, lawyers and experts from around South Africa." "We specialise in assisting employees faced with labour law disputes including: unfair dismissals, unlawful retrenchments, unfair labour practices." Has rules re retrenchments, dismissals, discrimination, disabilities, HIV / AIDS, grievance procedures, disciplinary procedures, etc. Based in Roggebaai, South Africa. [KF]

Limb, Peter - " Alliance Strengthened or Diminished? Relationships between Labor & African Nationalist/Liberation Movements in Southern Africa"
Full text. "...surveys past and present assumptions about the ANC, suggests reasons for the underestimation of the organisation's revival, and proposes a more integrated theoretical view of Congress which takes into account its historical heritage or image, and its links with black labour movements that have been largely neglected in the historiography." From the conference on "The Dynamics of Change in Southern Africa," University of Melbourne 18-20 May 1992.

Luckhardt, Ken and Brenda Wall - "Organize or Starve: the History of the South African Congress of Trade Unions"
Full text of the print publication, (London : Lawrence and Wishart, 1980. 520 pp.) Includes a trade union chronology 1919-1963, the 1957 Transvaal Bus Boycott, the Federation of South African Women, profiles of women union leaders, alliance with the African National Congress, international relations, 1960s bannings and detentions, the Soweto uprising, the Wiehahn and Riekert Commissions, yjr Federation of South African Trade Unions, FOSATU. [KF]

Luckhardt, Ken and Brenda Wall - "Working for Freedom: Black Trade Union Development in South Africa Throughout the 1970s"
With a foreword by Trevor Huddleston. Geneva: Programme to Combat Racism World Council of Churches, 1981. Full text (in chapters) of the 118 page print publication. Discusses the South African Congress of Trade Unions, SACTU, the Wiehahn Commission, the Riekert Commission, and the 1980 Johannesburg Municipality Workers' Strike. [KF]

National Economic and Labour Council, NEDLAC
"At Nedlac, Government comes together with organised business, organised labour and organised community groupings on a national level to discuss and try to reach consensus on issues of social and economic policy." Full text position papers, presentations from their annual conferences (on growth and development, jobs, the financial sector, the ICT sector, press releases, Annual Reports (with many statistics), its manual in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (in English, Sesotho, IsiZulu). Positions papers on labour matters, studies on tourism development, the flower industry, the metals and engineering sector, phasing out asbestos, labour market research bibliography, notices and declarations by labour unions, full text of their newsletter, Dialogue, 2002 issues of the South African Labour Bulletin. links to related sites. A 2600 household survey in the provinces of Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Province on the quality of infrastructure can be requested. Based in Auckland Park, South Africa. [KF]

National Library of Canada. Theses Canada
In English and French. "Search AMICUS, Canada's national online catalogue, for bibliographic records of all theses in the National Library of Canada theses collection, which was established in 1965. Access for free the full text electronic versions of Canadian theses and dissertations that were published from the beginning of 1998 to August 31, 2002;..."
Has over 50 full text titles relating to South Africa.One on labor is -
NAME(S): *Bassett, Carolyn M., 1965-
TITLE(S): Negotiating South Africa's economic future: COSATU and strategic unionism
604 pages

National Tertiary Education Staff Union, NTESU
"A non-profit, registered, trade union serving the needs of the academic and general staff workers in universities, technicons and colleges in the tertiary sector." The NTESU took over from UDUSA in 1998. It's 2003 July 9-11 conference is in Durban. Has position papers or summaries, the full text of some importants acts and bills, links to important sites.

National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa
The "largest metalworkers union in South Africa.". Members are auto workers, mechanics, steelworkers, and others. Includes press releases, officers, a history, a directory of their regional offices, an issue of NUMSA News, reports, speeches, resolutions from their Fifth National Congress, resolutions from 1987 to 1996, etc.

National Union of Mineworkers (South Africa)
Has the NUM's Mining and Minerals Policy, newsletter, press releases, policy documents, speeche, and a directory of its offices and staff.

NEHAWU, National, Education, Hdealth and Allied Workers Union
South African union founded in 1987, affiliated to COSATU. Claims to be the biggest public sector union. Has a magazine, NEHAWU. Based in Johannesburg.

Rachleff, Peter - "'On the Ground' with the South African Labor Movement"
Full text article in the e-journal, Safundi, Volume 2, Issue 2, Oct. 20, 2000. On unions in the 1980s and 1990s.

SA Law Online
Extensive information on South African legal issues. Has labor court judgments,   links to related sites (labor relations, etc.) Edited by Lance Michalson from Cape Town.

Sangonet - Labour and Economy
Directory of Southern Africa and international sites.

Sangonet - Trade Unions and Industrial Health Organisations
Directory with address, contact name, phone, fax. On the Sangonet Community Area Environment site.

South Africa. Department of Labour
Has Green and White Papers, Acts such as the Code of Sexual Harassment, and Ministerial speeches, labour market statistics (in Adobe pdf).

South Africa. Government Employees Pension Fund
"...established in terms of the Government Employees Pension Law in order to manage and administer pension matters/schemes related to government employees." "the GEPF is arguably the largest pension fund in South Africa." Has financial statements, newsletters, in Adobe pdf, press releases. Based in Pretoria. [KF]

South African Municipal Workers Union

TURP, Trade Union Research Project
"...undertakes research and education for trade unions and federations and develops and publishes specific materials for union needs. TURP (an NGO formed in 1986) is situated at the Centre for Industrial, Organisational and Labour Studies at the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa.

United. States. Department of Labor. Bureau of International Labor Affairs
Has an International Child Labor Program, the full text of the publication, "By the Sweat and Toil of Children," Vol. 5, "Efforts to Eliminate Child Labor." From February through June 1998, U.S. Department of Labor officials traveled to 16 countries including Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania. "Chapter II described the nature and extent of child labor. Chapter 4 discusses access to primary education, education laws and policies, education data, including data on educational attainment and government expenditures on education, factors limiting access to primary education, government initiatives to overcome limitations to access and increase primary school accessibility, enrollment, retention, and completion.
Also use the Search of the U.S. Dept. of Labor International Child Labor Program.

University of the Witwatersrand. Department of Historical Papers
Is the respository for the papers of these organizations and individuals.

Youth Development Network (Marshalltown)
Acts as a coordinator for member organizations, its focus is youth unemployment in South Africa. Publishes the Youth Development Network Journal with selected articles online, has the draft National Youth Commission Strategy Plan, and an email forum for youth development workers. [KF]