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Tomorrow It Could Be You

Strikes and Boycotts in South Africa, 1978-1982


Tracy Carson

Tomorrow It Could Be You unearths the historical significance of strikes and boycotts between 1978 and 1982 in South Africa’s Cape Province and explores their vital role in strengthening the country’s growing political movement. Drawing on archival research and interviews with union leaders, community activists, employers and workers, the author critically analyses a linchpin period between the early rise of independent unionism, following the Durban strikes of 1973, and the growth of mass political unionism in South Africa in the shape of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (1985). The book traces the evolution of political alliances between labour organisations and community activists through careful examination of four key strikes and boycotts: Eveready Battery (1978), Fatti’s & Moni’s (1979), red meat (1980) and Wilson-Rowntree (1981-1982). The author’s analysis reveals how these initial events changed the nature of South African protest, laying the groundwork for larger, more successful uprisings against the apartheid regime.


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Bibliography 1. Manuscript and archival sources The Food and Canning Workers Union Archive, the University of Cape Town, Manuscripts and Archives Library, Cape Town – BC 721 The archive holds the of ficial records of the union from its founding in 1941 until its merger with the Sweet Food and Allied Workers Union in 1986 to form the Food and Allied Workers Union. The records include annual reports, meeting minutes, conferences and correspondence between union of ficials and other organizations. There is a detailed section on the Fatti’s & Moni’s strike and boycott. The most relevant sections of the archive are listed below. A. National minutes, conferences, etc. Annual reports, 1948–1977 Circular letters, 1945–1988 Management committee minutes, Feb 1954–1984 Annual national conferences. Minutes, correspondence, reports resolutions, etc., 1944–1985 National executive council minutes, 1953–1981 B. Branch minutes, conferences, etc. Quarterly branch delegates conference minutes, 1948–1953 Paarl – Executive committee and shop stewards’ meetings, 1950–1978 Members’ annual general meeting minutes, 1951–1977 management committee min- utes, 1956 Annual conference, 1953 C. Correspondence Branch correspondence 274 Bibliography Cape Town, 1944–1979 East London, 1952–1960 Lawyers’ correspondence: 1960s–1980s D. Divisional inspector of labour General correspondence, 1948–1980s E. Industrial conciliation Fruit and vegetable canning industry, 1950s–1970s Fruit drying and packing industry, 1940s–1970s Frozen foods industry, 1950s–1970s Fish canning industry, 1940s–1970s F. Wage board Food industry, 1968–1969, 1974–1979 Ice cream industry, 1970s G. Department of Manpower Constitution and registration general correspondence, 1960s–1980s...

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