Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #377) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #377)
Transcript: member of the National Executive of the ANC Youth League and executive member of the PAC. African workers in the baking, chemical, garment (women's branch) leather, motor and sweet industries were affiliated to it.
By 1962 FOFATUSA claimed a membership of 36,000 workers from 20 affiliated unions. The new body was opposed to the non racial policy of the progressive SACTU which stood for equal rights for all workers, black and white, and whether registered or not. In spite of SACTU's attempts to find some working arrangements with FOFATUSA it rejected co operationwith SACTU on the ground that it was interested in organising African workers only, and instead chose to collaborate with the racialist TUCSA, which accepted only registered unions and which was controlled by whites, and with whom FOFATUSA immediately established a liason committee to advise FOFATUSA on a variety of technical problems such as book keeping, preparation of memoranda and office administration. Later during the same year TUCSA ammended its constitution to permit the affiliation of African trade unions even though unregistered. FOFATUSA was prepared to affiliate as a body but the TUCSA constitution only provided for the affiliation of individual unions. Prior to the ammendments of TUCSA's constitution it was the policy of TUCSA to create parallel African trade unions and these were regarded as lackeys of the parent white trade unions and there was a general impression in progressive circles that FOFATUSA was under the strong influence of TUCSA.
The role of FOFATUSA in the South African labour movement was the same as that of the PAC in
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