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Tomorrow It Could Be You

Strikes and Boycotts in South Africa, 1978-1982

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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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Abrahams, Liz 90, 91, 92, 110, 264 Achmat, Zackie 113, 114, 165, 189, 239– 240, 241, 244, 257, 270 Activists 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 28, 58, 62–64, 67, 70, 106, 109, 113–117, 132, 134–135, 138, 145, 169, 182–184, 186, 196, 207, 213, 231, 233, 238, 239, 240, 242, 263, 266, 267, 270 (see also ANC activists, BCM activ- ists, Unity Movement activists, SACTU activists) anti-apartheid activists 249, 251 black activists 146, 238 labour activists 266 student activists 3, 7, 106, 113–114, 116–117, 125, 164, 171, 182, 238, 240, 244, 260, 263, 268 Adam, Yusuf 116 Adler, Glenn 22, 23–26, 27, 28, 32, 62–63 Adler, Taf fy 26, 276–278 African Food and Canning Workers Union (AFCWU) 87–88, 125, 144, 199, 200, 206, 275 (see also FCWU) African National Congress (see ANC) Aggett, Neil 125, 275 Alexander, Ray 87, 90 Allie, Kassiem 106, 122, 124 Allin, Ron 37, 42, 45, 46–47, 55, 67 Altron 58–59, 78 Amalgamated Automobile Spares Asso- ciation (AASA) 65–66 Amnesty International 251 ANC 4, 5–6, 9–12, 15, 17, 69, 70, 84, 88, 91, 108, 109–110, 145, 146–147, 167, 185, 195, 196–197, 198, 199, 200, 209, 210, 212, 213, 231, 233, 238, 239, 241, 249, 250, 259, 260, 263–264, 268 ANC activists 239, 250 ANC Defiance Campaign 15 (see also Defiance campaign) ANC exiles 250 ANC labour wing 91 ANC trade union movement 209 ANC Women’s League 91 ANC...

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