Acronym formed on Trade Union Council of South Africa.
A federation of trade unions, formed in 1954 and dissolved in 1986. Also attributive.
By 1983 Tucsa was by far the largest union federation in the country, but subsequently shrank in size.
1966Survey of Race Rel. 1965 (S.A.I.R.R.) 238Tucsa appears to maintain more careful membership records than do some of the other bodies...During 1965 Tucsa has concerned itself increasingly with African workers.
1969A. HeppleS. Afr.: Workers under Apartheid 67The Trade Union Council of South Africa (Tucsa) was born in 1954 as a combination of unions to oppose the government’s move..to interfere with trade union freedom...Individual members of Tucsa’s executive made various attempts to force the issue of African membership but the body as a whole preferred to avoid it.
1969A. HeppleS. Afr.: Workers under Apartheid 68A few small African trade unions which maintained some liaison with Tucsa unions, joined together to form the Federation of Free African Trade Unions.
1979R.M. ImrieWealth of People 130Tucsa..now has a membership in the region of 240 000, of which roughly 30 per cent are Whites, 60 per cent Coloureds and Indians and 10 per cent Africans.
1987Race Rel. Survey 1986 (S.A.I.R.R)I. 239In his presidential address on 2 December — when TUCSA’s dissolution was announced — Mr Robbie Botha attacked the government, the emerging black unions, and the 25 unions that had disaffiliated from TUCSA in the last three years, blaming them all for the organization’s demise.
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