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The economic and socio-political factors influencing labour relations within Iscor from 1934 to 1955

Founded in 1928, Iscor was intended to make South Africa self sufficient in the
provision of steel while providing employment for poor whites. Economic
considerations prevailed when Iscor began replacing expensive white labour with
cheaper black labour. From 1934 to 1948 black labour was employed to curtail
costs. While being replaced by black labour, white employees' salaries and fringe
benefits remained better than those of their black colleagues. Affordable houses
were provided for white employees while blacks were housed in overcrowded
compounds. No medical or pension benefits were made available to black
employees or their families, while white employees enjoyed both. White
employees were provided with what were arguabley the finest sports facilities in
the country while black facilities were neglected. With the National Party victory in 1948 more emphasis was placed on the employment of Afrikaans speaking
white South Africans at the expense of blacks and English speaking whites. / History / M.A. (History)
Date11 1900
CreatorsLangley, William Roy Curtze
ContributorsGrundlingh, A. M., Mouton, F. A.
Source SetsSouth African National ETD Portal
Detected LanguageEnglish
Format1 online resource (vi, 188 leaves)

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