“Revolutionary Trade Unionism: road to workers freedom” – ca. 1997 – Workers Solidarity Federation (WSF)

A leaflet written by the Workers Solidarity Federation (WSF), for union activists. It takes a generally pro-trade union line but argues that the existing unions must be reformed to be more democratic structurally, and more revolutionary, ideologically. In effect, it advocated transforming the existing unions into unions on anarcho-syndicalist lines, as vehicles for a current battles, as well as a final showdown in the form of a revolutionary general strike. Another version here.

As the contact details showed, the WSF was now active both in Johannesburg and Durban. It’s lively Durban branch would play a growing role in the production of pamphlets and posters, especially in the Zulu language.

 

Revolutionary Unionism cover

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