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Fighting the battle of the mine workers: the emergence of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU)

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dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-04 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T16:16:02Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T16:16:02Z
dc.date.issued 2016-03-04 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/9377
dc.description.abstract The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) was formed in post-apartheid South Africa. AMCU organises workers in the mining and construction sector. The importance and relevance of AMCU in democratic South Africa should not be de-emphasised, given the high levels of labour exploitation by mining companies. The mining sector is regarded as a crucial engine for economic growth and social development. AMCU, as the mining and construction labour movement, plays an important role in ensuring that its members are well represented, work in decent working conditions and are not exploited but are protected instead from the capitalist system in which the global economy operates. However, in the post-apartheid era, trade unions have not been forceful enough in advancing the interests of their members; instead they have been accused of being too close to employers and of having been co-opted by the new government. They are faced with the challenges of outsourcing, labour brokers and contracting-out of services by employers. Trust in trade unions has also decreased. This paper examines the emergence of AMCU and its rise in the mining sector. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject MINING AND MINERALS INDUSTRY en
dc.subject TRADE UNIONS en
dc.subject WORKING CONDITIONS en
dc.subject ASSOCIATION OF MINEWORKERS AND CONSTRUCTON UNION (AMCU) en
dc.title Fighting the battle of the mine workers: the emergence of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 39(2) en
dc.BudgetYear 2015/16 en
dc.ResearchGroup Center for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators en
dc.SourceTitle South African Journal of Labour Relations en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9058 en
dc.PageNumber 190-204 en
dc.outputnumber 7853 en
dc.bibliographictitle Mathekga, M.J. (2015) Fighting the battle of the mine workers: the emergence of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). <i>South African Journal of Labour Relations</i>. 39(2):190-204. en
dc.publicationyear 2015 en
dc.contributor.author1 Mathekga, M.J. en


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