South African Labour history
"Bound To Strike Back"
Those who became migrant labourers on the mines also experienced violent changes in their lives. These changes were brought about by separation from their rural homesteads, being treated as second-class citizens, working in very dangerous conditions, living in cramped compounds without any privacy and earning low wages.... read more
"Labour Laws and Unions 1920's"
Laws on labour passed by the two South African governments in power in the 1920s — Smuts’s South African Party and the National-Labour Pact Government — had certain aims in common. They were intended to control conflict between workers and their employers, and to regulate worker organisations... read more
"The Development of the Trade Union Movement 1930's and 1940's"
During the 1930s and 1940s attempts at organising workers into trade unions became more widespread. Some were more successful than others.
In 1930 the South African Trades and Labour Council (SATLC) was formed. Between 1930 and 1955 it was the largest body of trade unions in South Africa. It was made up of... read more
"Land and Labour during Apartheid"
Land and labour are two very important elements of the economic development of a society, and the way they are used will influence how the society develops. In South African history there has always been the fight for ownership of land and the need for cheap labour. Government policies over the years have tried to solve this problem in different ways... read more