The feasibility of unionising LIS workers : a case study of the tertiary education sector in South Africa

Reggie Raju, Christine Stilwell, Athol Leach


This article reports on the findings of a study that investigated the feasibility of unionizing LIS workers with special reference to the tertiary education sector in South Africa. The primary objectives of the study were to investigate the need for an organisation to address the industrial concerns of LIS employees and to investigate the organization most capable of addressing both the industrial and professional concerns of the sector. The majority of the respondents expressed the view that there is a need for an organisation to address the industrial issues of the LIS sector. The findings also reveal that there is substantial support for the professional association, as opposed to a generic trade union, to address the industrial and professional issues of the LIS sector.


Unionisation; Labour dispensation; LRA; Statutory status for LIS sector; Trade unionism; Professional associations

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