History of Labour Movements in South Africa

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Consultative Committee of Black Trade Unions (CCOBTU)

The Consultative Committee of Black Trade Unions (CCOBTU) was formed in 1977.* CCOBTU emerged out ofthe efforts of workers who had been organized as Urban Training Project (UTP) and included some unions from TUCSA.

The CCOBTU affirmed the desire by the majority of black trade unions for unity, independence and political rights in South Africa. The 1981 Langa, Cape Town summit, which began the process of unifying the country’s trade unions, expressed exactly this desire for one federation uniting workers around their economic demands, and at the same time involve them in the struggle for a free, non-racial and democratic South Africa.

*Other sources state 1973

References:
• 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.268.
• 
Sithole, J, and Ndlovu, S., ‘The Revival of the Labour Movement, 1970”“1980’ in The Road to Democracy in South Africa, Volume 2, 1970-1980, (Pretoria ”“UNISA), pp.200.

Last updated : 14-Feb-2013

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