South Africa’s Popular Classes

  • Simone Claar
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


Within this chapter, the South African working class fractions and social movements are identified. The focus is on the structural relations of the workers and their position in society and industrial relations. The umbrella organisations the Congress of South African Trade Unions, the Federation of South African Labour Unions and the National Council of Trade Unions represent the organised workers in trade and economic policy issues. The non-organised, marginalised and poor workers have no voice in the policy arena. Within the sphere of economic and trade policy, some alternatives, like the Democratic Left Front, were built; however, the strong representative in trade policy is the Trade Strategy Group, which is active on a national and transnational scale.


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  • Simone Claar
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  1. 1.University of KasselKasselGermany

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