WHAT? SATURDAY VOICES AT BOEKEHUIS
WHEN? SATURDAY 21 August 2010, 12:00 for 12:30
TOPIC: William Gumede, author of the book, Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC in conversation with Sakhela Buhlungu, sociologist and expert in the field of labour studies, about his new book, A Paradox of Victory COSATU and the democratic transformation in South Africa
MORE: COSATU emerged from the anti-apartheid struggle as the largest and most powerful union federation in South Africa. It is now both a movement and a political actor in its own right. It has the ability to influence the agenda, shape policy and even help topple a president, but according to Sakhela Buhlungu, COSATU has been losing organisational power since ’94 as thousands of shop-floor activists were promoted out of the unions and its leaders left for politics and business. Additionally, labour market segmentation created fault lines between workers with skills and job security and those with little or no security or skills. COSATU happens to represent only those in formal sector employment, who have access to skills, benefits and rights.
Internal fault lines between gender, race, education and rural/urban divisions have emerged ever more sharply.
WHERE? BOEKEHUIS Bookshop, Cnr. Lothbury and Fawley streets, Auckland Park (Parking available)
RSVP: 011 482 3609 or Boekehuis@boekehuis.co.za
SOME QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:
Does COSATU run the risk of losing its powerbase?
How is COSATU negotiating its relationship with new social movements?
What are the costs and benefits of COSATU’s relationship with the ANC and the SACP?
How will a public service workers’ strike affect relations between COSATU and President Jacob Zuma?
Should COSATU break from the ANC tripartite alliance and form a Workers’ Party?