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Fighting For Democracy Of The Pocket: The Labour Movement In The Third Republic

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This chapter addresses the question: why did the labour movement in Zambia, after playing such a central role in the democratization process of the country, see its power and influence decline from a relatively strong position during the First and Second Republics (1964-1991). Important sources of information regarding the labour movement have been the monthly and annual labour reports and the reports of the numerous commissions of inquiry that analyses labour issues from the government's perspective. There are, however, a number of theses that have covered aspects of Zambian post-colonial labour history from which the chapter has benefited. During the late 1980s, the labour movement had shown public support for Chiluba and his Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) party. In fact, when this party was voted in power, they celebrated by holding 'victory marches' in Lusaka and other parts of the country.

Keywords: Chiluba; democratization process; movement for multiparty democracy (MMD); victory marches; Zambian labour movement



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