Lichtblau, George E.
April 1962
Industrial & Labor Relations Review;Apr62, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p376
Academic Journal
Trade unionism and politics are closely related in many developing countries, but they appear to be especially intimate in those countries which have recently gained their political independence from colonial rule. In such countries, nationalist movements were often built on a trade union base during the recent colonial period and continued to share common leadership and constituencies after independence. Consequently, in the former colonial countries there is fruitful ground for the extension of the East-West ideological struggle to the labor movement. This article describes in some detail Communist labor strategy in a variety of former colonial countries, particularly in Africa and Asia, since the death of Stalin in 1953. The transformation of the World Federation of Trade Unions from a propaganda arm to an active instrument of policy and the subordination of local or national Communist groups to the international political interests of the Soviet Union are marked features of the events described by the author.


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