Labour in the South African Gold Mines 1911-1969

Labour in the South African Gold Mines 1911-1969

by Francis Wilson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521175097

ISBN-13: 9780521175098

Pub. Date: 03/03/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The main theme of this 1972 book, the determination of wages, is introduced by a historical analysis of the labour market in the mines and an examination of the economics and financial structure of the gold mining industry. Dr Wilson believes that successive South African governments used the gold mining industry when planning labour policies, so that the mines'

Overview

The main theme of this 1972 book, the determination of wages, is introduced by a historical analysis of the labour market in the mines and an examination of the economics and financial structure of the gold mining industry. Dr Wilson believes that successive South African governments used the gold mining industry when planning labour policies, so that the mines' labour strategy exerted a profound influence on the social and economic structure of South Africa. The author shows how collusion between the mining groups enabled them to hold down black wages so effectively that in real terms African miners' wages were likely lower at the time of this book's publication than they were in 1911. The strong bargaining position occupied by white miners allowed them to be the sole beneficiaries of increases in productivity, so that the distribution of income would become more unequal over time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521175098
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/03/2011
Series:
African Studies Series, #6
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

List of appendices; List of tables; List of plates; List of figures; Preface; Acknowledgements; Author's note; 1. Foundations; 2. Gold mining; 3. Earnings; 4. Supply and demand; 5. Human Capital; 6. Interaction of forces; 7. The economics of migrant labour; 8. Implications; Appendixes; Bibliography; Index.

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