Developing a trade union response to South African Multinational Corporations in Africa: Studies and Trends.

This publication brings together research reports provided by the Labour Research Service (LRS) in Cape Town with the assistance of the Trade Union Competence Centre (TUCC) of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Johannesburg to support the work of Global Union Federations (GUFs) around the practices and policies of South African multinational companies with operations in various parts of Africa. The research was conducted to provide strategic information to GUFs in their efforts to promote increased trade union representation of workers within the companies, to promote compliance by the companies with decent work and environmental standards and to improve the social dialogue situation. The reports provide valuable information and trends regarding the policies and practices of the companies, as well as the situation of trade unions representing workers within these companies. This information was critical in setting up trade union networks, which are the institutionalised mechanisms of co-operation among worker representatives from operations of a company in different countries.