Textile Workers' Industrial Unions in South Africa by Bettie Du Toit with Nancy Dick.

Scope and Content

The work describes the early development of the Union through strike action; the problems which arose between the craft unions and the industrial unions; the way the trade union movement failed to respond to the threats of fascism and Afrikaner nationalism; the growth of African unions in the Cape after 1945; Government repression in the 1960's; and finally, the revival of black trade unionism in the 1970's. Introduction by Nadine Gordimer.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bettie Du Toit began working as a trade unionist in the textile industry in the 1930's, first in the Transvaal and later in the Cape. She was active in the Communist Party. In the 1950's she worked closely with the African National Congress and was imprisoned several times. She was one of the few whites who participated in the Defiance Campaign, 1952. In the 1960's she went to Ghana where she lost her sight through an eye infection. She went to London for treatment and remained there, writing this manuscript in 1976. It has since been published as Ukubamba Amadolo: worker's struggles in the South African textile industry (London, Onyx Press, 1978).

Access Information

The permission of the author must be obtained before quotation in any publication (but note that this manuscript has now been published as Ukubamba Amadolo, Onyx Press, London 1978).


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