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Business Day 15 July 2014 Many believe workers’ party could help solve SA’s issues The existence of a large industrial working class, strong civil society organisations and an independent trade union movement makes the survival of a workers’ party in SA more likely, write Edward Webster and Mark Orkin…
The Sunday Independent 15 September 2013 Will a labour party split the SA vote? On the face of it, debate in the tripartite alliance is alive and well. Dig deeper and fractious counterevidence with much consequence for the ANC's electoral fate rattles through the portals of power. Never in the…
Rapport 1-7 September 2013 Tyd ryp vir nuwe party - Cosatu-lede neig links van ANC Daar is 'n gaping so groot soos 'n waenhuisdeur onder Cosatu-lede vir 'n politieke party links van die ANC.Dít is die resultate van 'n gesaghebbende peiling wat die Community Agency for Social Enquiry (Case) onder…
City Press 1 September 2013 All set for a leap to the left Cosatu survey shows its members would back a more labour-centric party The door is wide open for a political party to the left of the ANC, according to a long-awaited – and already controversial – survey of…
The Sunday Independent 1 September 2013 What do shop stewards really feel? A controversial study of the divisions in Cosatu’s support for President Jacob Zuma has been released this week as the federation and its allies met for its summit discussing the state of the alliance en route to the…
Shop Stewards Survey published
At a presentation at Gordon School of Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg on 29 August 2013 several key findings of the FPD/CASE survey of COSATU Shop Stewards were presented by Professor Edward Webster of SWOT at the University of Witwatersrand, FPD Chairman Moeletsi Mbeki and CASE Executive Director, Mohamed Motala.
The full report is available for sale from The FPD. The FPD/CASE Shop Steward Survey provides evidence-based quantitative research to underpin analysis of the transforming socio-economic trends as they impact South Africa's future stability. This survey of 2 052 COSATU Shop Stewards is a follow-on study to a similar one commissioned and funded by COSATU in 1991. The 2012 study was funded independently by the FPD and carried out by the Community Agency for Social Enquiry (CASE).
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The initial book launch scheduled to take place at Rhodes University on Wednesday, 20th April 2016 was cancelled due to student protests and has therefore been rescheduled to Tuesday, 17th May 2016.