Chemical Workers Industrial Union (CWIU)

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Founded on 24 November 1974, the Chemical Workers Industrial Union (CWIU)organised in the sectors handling chemicals, plastic, rubber, glass, industrial minerals, petroleum and coal products, gas, candles, oils and fats. It had branches in Pinetown, Jacobs and Dalbridge in Durban. Omar Badsha was first appointed as organiser in June, then later as elected secretary in 1975. The growing number of new unions in Natal created a need for a coordinating body ‘to govern the rate of formation of new unions and to ensure energies were not continually being redirected into newer unionisation without allowing a process of consolidation to take place,’


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• Sithole, J, & Ndlovu, S., ‘The Revival of the Labour Movement, 1970”“1980’ in The Road to Democracy in South Africa, Volume 2, 1970-1980, (Pretoria ”“UNISA), p.204.
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Hemson, D., Legassick, M., and Ulrich, N., ‘White Activists in the Revival of the Worker’s Movement’ in The Road to Democracy in South Africa, Volume 2, 1970-1980, (Pretoria ”“UNISA), p.258

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This article was produced for South African History Online on 05-Feb-2013