TRADE UNIONS IN NAMIBIA
by Washington Office on Africa Educational Fund
Washington, DC, United States
Washington Office on Africa Educational Fund,
This fact sheet on trade unions discusses the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW), Mineworkers’ Union of Namibia (MUN), Tsumeb Corporation Ltd. (TCL), South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO), and the South African-sponsored para-military force, Koevet. It says that, in 1978, the United States voted for United Nations Security Council Resolution 435, but the U.S. commitment to Namibian independence was effectively reversed by the Reagan administration policy called "linkage," which makes the withdrawal of Cuban troops from neighboring Angola a pre-condition for Namibian independence. Yet Cuban troops serve in Angola precisely to repulse continued South African invasion and occupation of Angola. In October 1986, the U.S. Congress passed, over President Reagan's veto, a limited package of selected sanctions against South Africa, and these sanctions, which include a ban on the importation of most uranium and all agricultural products, also apply to Namibia. • Brief Historical Background • Trade Union History • The Formation of the NUNW • Trade Unions and the Independence Struggle • U.S. Policy On Namibia • Conclusion
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the Africa Policy Information Center).
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root