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Adrienne LeBas

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546862

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546862.001.0001

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Corporatism in Zimbabwe

Corporatism in Zimbabwe

(p.54) Three Corporatism in Zimbabwe
From Protest to Parties

Adrienne LeBas

Oxford University Press

The first of the book’s six empirical chapters examines the origins and character of the labor movement in Zimbabwe. The chapter first addresses the state of trade unions at independence, pointing out that Zimbabwe unions were fragmented and lacking in organizational reach at this time. The choices made by the post-independence Zimbabwean state were, therefore, critical in forging a strong and centralized labor movement. The ruling party helped organize the founding conference of the trade unions congress, and labor legislation strengthened trade unions’ organizational reach. These policies facilitated the creation of a strong and centralized labor movement with significant membership in both rural and urban areas. The chapter lays the groundwork for understanding how organized labor was able to coordinate large-scale economic and political protest in Zimbabwe in later periods.

Keywords:   organized labor, trade unions, corporatism, strikes, workers committees, Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, ZCTU, Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front, ZANU-PF

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