In South Africa, the General Secretary of the largest black union, the National Union of Clothing Workers, has expressed great optimism about the outcome of a commission of inquiry into labour legislation.
SCU Mrs Lucy Mvubelo General Secretary National union of Clothing Workers speaking in Johannesburg.
REPORTER: "Generally, what are your feelings about the new provisions and the new recommendations?"
MVUBELO: "Well, I feel very excited about what has happened in the Wiehan Commission. Although we anticipated that there should be changes in this country, it came really as a surprise and we are very happy about it."
REPORTER: "How will it generally effect the black worker in South Africa?"
MVUBELO: "Well, for many years the black workers was never recognised as an employee, you know, in industry. But from that we have learned -- that at all the Wiehan Commission does not change the attitude, which has been accepted by us. Well, it means that for the first time a black will be recognised as a worker in the country where he has been contributing to the economy and the building up of the country. And I feel that, particularly the black man, who will for the first time be able to belong to a union that is recognised and registered."
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Background: In South Africa, the General Secretary of the largest black union, the National Union of Clothing Workers, has expressed great optimism about the outcome of a commission of inquiry into labour legislation. The Wiehan Commission calls for radical changes in the country's system of industrial relations. The committee was appointed in 1977, and among its recommendations are full trade union rights for workers of all races, including migrant workers and so-called "commuters from the independent states". For the first time, apprenticeship training will he opened to workers of all races. Mrs Lucy Mvubelo, General Secretary of the National Union of Clothing Workers, commented on the findings of the Wiehan Commission.