This project seeks to engage in auto sector specific research in a comparative transnational perspective by drawing on existing global value chain research. Furthermore, the project aims at initiating a transnational dialogue on new organizing approaches and on building (transnational) solidarity along the auto value chain.
This paper explores the causes of the crisis in South Africa’s trade union movement. It argues that the impasse is multi-layered, and can be attributed to both structural changes in the country’s political economy and organizational challenges. The issues discussed are related to global debates on the state of the left, and what forms of political agency are required to revive labour movements. Some of the key recommendations include: strengthening worker control; rebuilding social movement unionism; reviving autonomous education structures; and advocating for heterodox macro-economic frameworks
The right to strike is under attack at the national and international levels. This attack has intensified in a situation in which economic and security arguments are increasingly being used as a pretext for the violation of fundamental human and democratic right.
On 5-7 September 2014, FES South Africa in collaboration with the University of Fort Hare held the third of four annual sessions of the Fort Hare Autumn School in Chintsa, Eastern Cape. In the course of the weekend seminar we talked about land reform, South Africa’s education system and the role and performance of Student Representative Councils (SRC’s), as well as labour relations and bargaining councils in South Africa. Continue reading Fort Hare Autumn School, 5-7 September 2014