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Social Movement Unions and Political Parties (in South Africa and the Philippines): A Win-Win Situation?

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Social movement unionism is increasingly being seen as the strategy that US unions should adopt. However, what is often forgotten is that social movement unionism originated in the Third World. As part of the strategy it is argued that unions should form alliances with political parties. However, by analyzing the alliances between the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the African National Congress (ANC), and the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) I argue that union alliances with political parties have badly damaged social movement unions.

Affiliations: 1: School of Political and International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide SA 5001, Australia;, Email: Michael.Schiavone@flinders.edu.au

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2016-12-10

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