The African trade unions and the South African state, 1937-47: the recognition debate reassessed.

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dc.contributor.author Alexander, Peter, 1953-
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-25T09:33:20Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-25T09:33:20Z
dc.date.issued 1992
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/8214
dc.description Africa Studies Seminar Series. Paper presented August, 1992. en_US
dc.description.abstract In April 1942 General Smuts decided that African trade unions should be granted full legal recognition under the Industrial Conciliation Act. The Act - which had been introduced, in 1924, by the first Smuts administration - used a definition of 'employee' which excluded most African men. Under the Act, trade unions composed of 'employees' could be registered, and these registered unions were provided with access to the various institutions for conflict resolution established by the Act; African men were generally excluded from these registered trade unions. The racial division of the working class and the subordinate status of African workers were thereby reinforced . If, in 1942, Africans had been included within the definition of 'employee', the subsequent history of South Africa would have been very different. However, early in the December of that year, the cabinet decided not to proceed with a change to the law. Why did Smuts agree to redefine 'employee'? And why did he change his mind? These are the principal questions which this paper seeks to address. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Institute for Advanced Social Research;ISS 9
dc.subject South Africa. Politics and government, 1909-1948 en_US
dc.subject Labor unions, Black en_US
dc.subject Labor movement. South Africa. History, 1909-1948 en_US
dc.title The African trade unions and the South African state, 1937-47: the recognition debate reassessed. en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US


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