Pambazuka News is preparing a Special Issue on the labour movement and the struggles for Africa’s liberation today. The Editors invite articles that examine the movement’s mission beyond agitation for worker rights towards the bigger project of concrete self-determination of the African people.
The labour movement has a rich and diverse legacy in Africa. It is closely associated with the people’s struggles for freedom and justice. On any day, the labour movement’s unparalleled leadership and organizational capacities are on display on the streets and at negotiating tables across the continent. But the movement also faces important challenges in a globalizing world mired in the crisis of capitalism.
Pambazuka News wishes to dedicate a Special Issue to the labour movement and the struggles for Africa’s liberation today. Labour has a mission that goes beyond agitation for worker rights towards the bigger project of concrete self-determination of the African people through ownership of their resources and means of production, etc.
We invite articles on this topic.
Shaun Whittaker of the Marxist Study Group of Namibia and former member of the Workers’ Organisation for Socialist Action (South Africa) is Guest Editor for the Special Issue.
Some key sub-themes
1. How can the labour movement contribute to the formation of a (non-sectarian) Mass Workers’ Party?
2. What could labour organizations do to link up with the jobless, the landless and the homeless?
3. What are the implications of the right to work for labour groups?
4. How should the labour movement organize against the background of the ecological crisis?
5. What role can labour groupings play in the struggle against racism and patriarchy?
6. Where are women and young people in the labour movement? How are their energies being put to use?
Authors are urged to write on their own countries and not generalize about the entire continent. They should try to only focus on one of the sub-themes or a related sub-theme.
Articles should be up to 3, 000 words. Include a brief bio at the end of the article.
Send your article as a Word document attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline is Wednesday, 30 November 2016.