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Raditsela, Andries (1956–1985)

Nicole Ulrich

Subject Social History » Labor History
Sociology » Social Movements

Place Southern Africa » South Africa

Period 1000 - 1999 » 1900-1999

Key-Topics apartheid, labor movements, revolution, rights

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405184649.2009.01239.x


Andries Raditsela's early life, including his place of birth, is not well documented. He became an active member of the Chemical Workers' Industrial Union (CWIU), an affiliate of the Federation of south African Trade Unions (FOsATU), in 1982. At this time he was working for the Dunlop factory in Benoni on the eastern Witwatersrand. Raditsela was elected a shop steward in 1983 and, soon after, a senior shop steward at the Dunlop plant, where he led a number of battles around wages and working conditions. Raditsela strove to improve the position of women workers, and was involved in a campaign against sexual harassment, in which he exposed a practice in which women traded sex for jobs. He also participated in negotiations for a maternity agreement. Raditsela held a number of positions in the CWIU and FOsATU. He was elected chairperson of the national CWIU Dunlop shop stewards Council, and played a key role in coordinating the 1984 Dunlop strike at the Benoni, Ladysmith, and Durban plants. He served in the branch executive of the CWIU, of which he was elected vice-chairman in 1984, and also served on the national executive of the union. The FOsATU Transvaal Region relied on his leadership, and he was elected chairperson of the region in 1984, then vice-chairperson in the following year. Raditsela also served on FOsATU's executive committee and central committee. On the morning of May ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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