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Title:Trade unions, the state and 'casino capitalism' in South Africa's clothing industry
Authors:Nattrass, NicoliISNI
Seekings, JeremyISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy (ISSN 0305-6244)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:trade unions
clothing industry
State-society relationship
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/03056244.2015.1085379
Abstract:Relationships between trade unions, the state and capital in South Africa have changed dramatically, especially in the clothing sector. The clothing workers' union became heavily dependent on its political alliances with the governing party, not only for the regulation of wages and industrial policies, but also for Black Economic Empowerment policies that helped it to acquire massive shareholdings, including in the largest clothing manufacturer. In terms of both its exposure to capitalist risk and its investments in the casino industry specifically, the union acquired a stake in 'casino capitalism', whilst relying on government to stack the odds in its favour. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]