Organise or Die 1982-1994

Volume 3: History of Black Mineworkers in SA

Author(s): ALLEN, V L
ISBN13/Barcode: 9780850365672

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The formation of the National Union of Mineworkers in 1982, its aim for solidarity amongst mineworkers, opposition from the Chamber of Mines and the struggle for survival after the strike defeat by the Anglo American Corporation in 1987.

As the crisis of Apartheid intensified the NUM played a crucial role in winning support for both the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party. It aided both organisations by re-creating their infra-structures through the provision of accommodation, national and local officials and finance. It surveys the human costs of mining: housing, women, HIV/AIDS and the ongoing impact of Asbestosis, compensation.

It portrays the role of the NUM in the crisis of Apartheid, the formation of COSATU, its adoption of the Freedom Charter and the emergence of Workerism, violence and assassinations in eastern Transvaal and KwaZulu Natal. Mine disasters, strikes and violent internecine struggles. Political conflicts and developments leading to the first democratic election in 1994. Vic Allen was present in South Africa for much of this period and had unique access to leaders and documents behind the scenes.

Contents: Preface, Part One: The Human Costs of Mine Work: The Persistence of the Migrant Labour System, The Circle of Infection, Damaged Lives. Part Two: The National Union of Mineworkers, August 1982–April 1994: The Foundation of the National Union of Mineworkers 1982-1985, A Baptism of Horror The Hlobane Disaster: 12 September 1983, Greater Unity and the Problems of Growth 1985-1986, Apartheid in Crisis 1986-1987, Violence in the Struggle for Solidarity 1986-1987, Criminal Negligence: The Kinross Gold Mine Disaster: 16 September 1986, The Growing Mood for Confrontation January - August 1987, The Great National Strike August 1987, After the Strike: Management Repression, After the Strike: the Rebuilding Process, An Uncertain Future April 1989–July 1991, Under New Leadership 1991–1992,The Wider National and International Context, On the Margin of Success or Failure, The Union and the Election 1993–1994. Part Three: Taking Stock of Unresolved Legacies: The Casualties of Exploitation: Migrant Labour, Housing, Casualties, AIDS, Carnage, The Killer Dust: Asbestos. Bibliography, Subject Index, Name Index. Appendices: trade union fees, 2 Maps, 5 tables, 39 b/w illus, bibliography, subject index, names index.

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ISBN13/Barcode 9780850365672
ISBN10 0850365678
Author ALLEN, V L
Binding Hardback
Date Published 7 Aug 2005
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 746
Publisher Merlin Press

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