Trade Unions & Party Politics

Labour Movements in Africa

Björn Beckman, Lloyd Sachikonye & Sakhela Buhlungu


  • Unknown publisher
  • Unknown city
  • 2010
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 224 pages


Comparing the political role of trade unions in seven African countries, this collection of essays sorts out the way trade unions across the continent have engaged with political groups—usually by forming their own political party, joining an existing party, or refusing to join party politics altogether. The labor unions studied include COSATU in South Africa; the Nigeria Labour Congress; and unions in Ghana, Namibia, Senegal, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.


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Björn Beckman is a professor of political science at Stockholm University. He is the coeditor of Labour Regimes and Liberalization and Union Power in the Nigerian Textile Industry.

Lloyd Sachikonye is Associate Professor at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Zimbabwe where he has worked as a researcher and lecturer since 1983.

Sakhela Buhlungu is a professor of sociology at the University of Johannesburg and the editor of Trade Unions and Democracy.