South African unions are in desperate need of change, experts say, with the low turnout of workers during this week’s “national protest” showing a lack of unity. The relatively small turnout for Wednesday’s demonstrations and walkouts organized by the two largest union federations – the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) – showed a lack of support for the strike. As the country entered the so-called “post-industrial era”, the future of trade unions became increasingly irrelevant, according to political analyst Andre Duvenhage. There was still…

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