Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Opening address to Botswana Manual Workers' Union

Pnina Werbner, Professor Emerita of Social Anthropology, School of Sociology and Criminology, gave the official opening speech to the 41st annual delegates conference of the NALCGPWU (The Manual Workers Union) in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana.

She delivered her address in front of 1,500 union delegates and distinguished guests, including the leader of the opposition party, Botswana Congress Party, and long-time leader of the Ruling Party, the Botswana Democratic Party, as well as other public sector union leaders.

Her speech focused on the glaring inequalities in Botswana and the world between low paid workers and a small wealthy elite, and the recognition that unions are struggling for a living wage for their members, in the face of working poverty.

Professor Werbner's book, The Making of an African Working Class: Politics, Law and Cultural Protest in the Manual Workers Union of Botswana, is published in June by Pluto Press.

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