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Vol 41 No 17

Published 1st September 2000

South Africa

Calling labour's bluff

Trades unionists argue about how hard to fight the government at a policy conference

Black union militants are planning new clashes with the African National Congress government over jobs and labour law reform. But many union leaders would prefer a compromise that preserves their old alliance with the ANC and the SA Communist Party (SACP). The argument between militants and leaders will dominate the policy conference of the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) on 18 September. The leaders will probably hold the line, although discontent is rising fast among activists and their SACP allies.

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