South Africa: Palestine – the Challenge to Union Solidarity

Union statements did not lead to effective boycott of an Israeli ship, but Durban, a hub of grassroots organisations, can help forge new concrete solidarities that promise alternative visions for the future.

Organising solidarity with Palestine has exposed the rifts in workers’ unity and the shifting character of trade unions in postapartheid South Africa.

In the past, unions, particularly the dock unions, acted in solidarity with oppressed people internationally, irrespective of the ANC…


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