The origins of the Chemical Workers Industrial Union (CWIU) can be traced to a group of workers from African Explosives and Chemical Industries, who joined the GFWBF at the end of 1973.
A parallel chemical union, the South African Chemical Workers Union (SACWU) that was linked to the UTP, was already operating in Johannesburg. Workers in the chemical industry rejected the idea that the “parallel” South African Chemical Workers Union (SACWU) should launch a branch in Durban.
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