• Shop Stewards in Post Apartheid South Africa. Shop Floor Challenges, opportunities and Strategies

Lambert Academic Publishing
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(Nunurayi Mutyanda, MA: Studied Labour Policy and Globalisation at University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Independent Researcher, Mutare, Zimbabwe)


Upon democratisation, work relations in South Africa were characterised by what Von Holdt (1997) called 'Apartheid workplace regimes' that needed to be deconstructed. The post democratisation period also saw the country embracing the neoliberal ideology that required among other things workplace restructuring. This brought a host of challenges and opportunities for, the man/woman in the middle shop steward. This book therefore provides literature that highlights the strategies that shop stewards use in the face of challenges and opportunities at the workplace. The book will also highlight the contradictory role of a shop steward; trying to satisfy the demands of the rank and file that elected the shop steward, at the same time trying to meet the expectation of management his/her pay master.

MATERIAS: Bureaucracy, Trade Union, shop floor, Shop Stewards, National union of Metalworkers of South Africa, Benefits Shop stewards get, Tactics to Silence shop stewards, Women in trade unionism, Reasons for becoming shop steward, Oligarcgy

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