oa Africa Insight - Profile - Lucy Mvubelo

Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



""I want peaceful change,"" says Lucy Mvubelo, who has been general secretary of the National Union of Clothing Workers of South Africa for 29 years. ""This country belongs to all of us, let us live here in peace."" Lucy Mvubelo has dedicated her life to the work of her union. She started her career as a seamstress in a Johannesburg clothing factory in 1942, and immediately became a union member. In 1943 the union began negotiating for better working conditions. ""In those days we worked a 46-hour week,"" she recalls. They were locked out on the second day of their negotiations and all the union members gathered in the Communist Party Hall. There she was elected as a shop-steward.

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