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Title:The South African newspaper and printing industry and its impact on the Industrial Conciliation Act of 1924
Author:Hadland, AdrianISNI
Year:2005
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan
Volume:50
Issue:2
Pages:149-178
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:printing industry
labour relations
labour history
Abstract:Using a political economy approach, this paper argues that the economic decisions and 'relations' characteristic of the newspaper and printing industry in South Africa have determined the shape and direction of its development, as well as its impact on the broader sociopolitical context itself. A critical player in this analysis is the South African Typographical Union (SATU). A central premise of the paper is that class struggles over control of the means of production guided the industry's development. As a result, the racial division of labour was 'generated and determined by the economic system of which it formed a part'. Furthermore, the paper shows that the extent of the South African newspaper industry's role in the creation of apartheid is particularly identifiable when considering the influence of the industry on the development of State labour policies for many decades. This process finds its clearest expression in the newspaper and printing industry's role in the formulation and implementation of the Industrial Conciliation Act of 1924. Notes, ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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