By Sakhela Buhlungu, Malehoko Tshoaedi
Deftly proposing an image of a multifaceted and ever-evolving organization whose individuals are steeped within the traditions of inner democracy, management responsibility, and mandated decision-making, this quantity considers the complexities of the Congress of South African exchange Unions (COSATU). Answering questions corresponding to What do COSATU staff take into consideration their offices, unions, politics, and economic climate? Why has COSATU female individuals' help for the African nationwide Council declined? and What affects COSATU participants’ judgements to vote for a selected political party?, this account specializes in particular matters that problem the federation because it strikes forward.
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The federation’s location within this structure allows it opportunities to debate and challenge policy proposals and to lobby for support within the ANC structures. Furthermore, the relationship has also seen a number of COSATU members and leaders being deployed to Parliament as ANC candidates and to government positions. The rationale behind this has always been that the federation wants to take advantage of the opportunity to influence the government and policy-making from within. Sampling The survey includes COSATU members within the following sectors: 33 C O S AT U ’ S C O N T E S T E D L E G A C Y manufacturing; community, social and personal services; mining and construction; transport storage and communication; wholesale and retail trade; financial intermediation, insurance, real estate and business services.
C O S AT U ’ S C O N T E S T E D L E G A C Y namely, in-fighting among union leaders, misappropriation or mismanagement of funds and bribery, and leaving the unions for greener pastures. In-fighting among union leaders results from competition for leadership positions and resources associated with these positions (Bezuidenhout et al 2005; Bezuidenhout et al 2010; Buhlungu & Bezuidenhout 2008). The federation and virtually all its affiliates have experienced intense contests and competition between members and leaders at various times in recent years.
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