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Organise or die? : democracy and leadership in South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers
Éditeur WITS University Press
Année 2017
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Organise or die? : democracy and leadership in South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers
1 vol. (xvi-344 pages) : ill. ; 24 cm
Bibliogr. p. 319-327. Index
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Introduction: South African trade unions in apartheid and democracy ; Part I. Organisational agency in union bureaucracy and politics ; Local weaknesses solved through centralisation ; The power of head office: building national bureaucracy ; Doing union politics: the branches as idealised seat of union power ; The regions as antechambers of national power ; Part II. Leading mineworkers: a charterist leadership school ; The burden of leadership ; The learning organisation ; Trajectories of union leaders and NUM leadership ideals ; Taking control of NUM: the rise of the communist faction ; Conclusion: from bureaucratic organisation to bureaucratic politics
"Organise or Die? Leadership in South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers from Apartheid to Democracy is the first in-depth study of one of the leading trade unions in the country. Founded in 1982, the trade union played a key role in the struggle against white minority rule, before turning into a central protagonist of the ruling Tripartite Alliance after apartheid. Deftly navigating through workerist, social movement and political terrains that shape the South African labour landscape, this book sheds light on the path that led to the unprecedented 2012 Marikana massacre, the dissolution of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) federation and to fractures within the African National Congress (ANC) itself. Working with the notions of organisational agency and strategic bureaucratisation, Raphael Botiveau shows how the founding leadership of NUM built their union's structures with a view to mirror those of the multinational mining companies NUM faced. Good leadership proved key to the union's success in recruiting and uniting mineworkers and NUM became an impressive school for union and political cadres, producing a number of South Africa's top post-apartheid leaders. An incisive analysis of leadership styles and strategies shows how the fragile balance between an increasingly distant leadership and an increasingly militant membership gradually broke down. Botiveau provides a compelling narrative of NUM's powerful history and the legacy of its leadership. It will appeal to a broad readership - including journalists, students and social sciences scholars - interested in South Africa's contemporary politics and labour history."--Publisher's description
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