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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1924. Industrial Conciliation Act No 11

This act, "the last major piece of legislation before the government fell from power, gave the unionised white workers a secure position against undercutting from any quarter, but also helped management by the obstacles it placed in the way of precipitate strike action" (Davenport 1987: 531). It "and its successors set up machinery for the prevention and settlement of disputes but excluded Africans from the definition of 'employees'. That meant that white workers negotiated with employers the conditions of employment for themselves and for the African workers" (Thompson 1990: 169); the successors referred to were issued in 1937 and 1956.

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