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Federation of South African Trade Unions

FOSATU
Full name Federation of South African Trade Unions
Founded 20 April 1979
Date dissolved 1 December 1985
Merged into COSATU
Country South Africa

The Federation of South African Trade Unions (FOSATU) was a trade union federation formed at a congress over the weekend of 14–15 April 1979 in Hammanskraal and officially launched five days later on 20 April.[1][2] Its roots lay in the unions which had emerged from the spontaneous 1973 strike wave by black workers in Durban and Pinetown (part of the "Durban Moment").[3]

FOSATU's constitution enshrined the principles of [5]

As part of its commitment to trade union unity, FOSATU was prepared to disband its structures if wider unity could be attained.[3] On 1 December 1985, following four years of unity talks between competing trade union federations, FOSATU upheld this pledge by dissolving into the newly formed Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).[6][7]

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References

  1. ^ Friedman, Michelle (2010). "The Future is in the Hands of the Workers": A History of FOSATU. Johannesburg: Mutloatse Heritage Trust. p. 14–18.  
  2. ^ South African History Online. "The Federation of South African Trade Unions is founded". www.sahistory.org.za. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Friedman, Michelle (2010). "The Future is in the Hands of the Workers": A History of FOSATU. Johannesburg: Mutloatse Heritage Trust. p. 18–23.  
  4. ^ Friedman, Michelle (2010). "The Future is in the Hands of the Workers": A History of FOSATU. Johannesburg: Mutloatse Heritage Trust. p. 34.  
  5. ^ Friedman, Michelle (2010). "The Future is in the Hands of the Workers": A History of FOSATU. Johannesburg: Mutloatse Heritage Trust. p. 14.  
  6. ^ South African History Online. "Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)". www.sahistory.org.za. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  7. ^ COSATU. "Brief History of COSATU". www.cosatu.org.za. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 


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