Social Movement Unions and Political Parties (in South Africa and the Philippines): A Win-Win Situation?

in African and Asian Studies
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Abstract

Social movement unionism is increasingly being seen as the strategy that US unions should adopt. However, what is often forgotten is that social movement unionism originated in the Third World. As part of the strategy it is argued that unions should form alliances with political parties. However, by analyzing the alliances between the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the African National Congress (ANC), and the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) I argue that union alliances with political parties have badly damaged social movement unions.

Social Movement Unions and Political Parties (in South Africa and the Philippines): A Win-Win Situation?

in African and Asian Studies

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