The Wiehahn Report and the Industrial Conciliation Act: A New Attack on the Trade Union Movement in South Africa

Notes and Documents
by D. Michael Shafer, United Nations Centre Against Apartheid
New York, New York, United States
September 1979
Publisher: United Nations
17 pages
Type: Report
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
A paper critiquing the Weihahn Report of the Commission of Inquiry into Labour Legislation. The paper says the Commission’s recommendations do not herald reform of South Africa's apartheid labor policies nor even the beginning of such a process. Rather, they mark the start of a new and sophisticated effort to control and, if possible, to break the black trade union movement. The paper says the new Federation of South African Trade Unions (FOSATU) represents the 12 major black unions and 45,000 workers. It concludes that the government intends to maintain strict white control of the country and the economy. • Introduction • Background • Why Wiehahn? • Black Unions • Strikes by African Workers • International pressures • Changing needs of the economy • Reading the fine print • Wiehahn at a glance • Registration of black unions • Eligibility for union membership • No mixed unions • Elimination of a political role • Ending statutory job reservation • The National Manpower Commission and Industrial Court • Conclusion • Notes
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