South African trade unions played a key role in the struggle against apartheid. They mobilized workers from various racial backgrounds, and united them in order to challenge subjugation in the authoritarian apartheid political economy. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) South Africa will be partnering with the South African Labour Bulletin (SALB) and the Society Work and Development Institute (SWOP) to launch a book on the history of the Food and Canning Workers Union (FCWU). It is authored by Jan Theron, former general secretary of FCWU.
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Foundation will be partnering with the Youth Lab to run a workshop on township-based youth empowerment. The focus will be on developing skills to create climate jobs, and build a sustainable low-carbon political economy. Participants will deliberate on various policy interventions to support the creation of cooperatives, which operate on a sustainable economic model.
The outcomes of this activity will contribute to the current national conversation on reviving township economies in order to address the triple crises of youth unemployment, inequality and poverty.