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Title:Organised Labour and Neo-Liberal Economic and Political Reforms in West and Central Africa
Author:Konings, PietISNI
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Geographic terms:Ghana
Subjects:political change
trade unions
Labor and Employment
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0258900032000142464
Abstract:This article examines the impact of current neoliberal political reforms on trade union performance in West and Central Africa. To what extent have trade unions been involved in the political restructuring of the State? Has political liberalization constrained or enhanced their political influence and ability to defend their members' interests? The article offers a comparative study of the role of trade unions in two African countries, Ghana and Cameroon. Trade union responses to economic and political liberalization appear to be quite different in these countries: generally positive in Ghana and clearly negative in Cameroon. The author argues that a range of factors is responsible for this situation, including differences in the impact of structural adjustment, the nature of the State and State-society relations, the organizational capacity of the unions, their relationship with political parties and other civil-society organizations, and their search for innovative ways to respond to neoliberal reforms. In Ghana, there have been significant changes in State-trade union relations, while the Cameroonian case has been characterized by a remarkable degree of continuity in these relations. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]