This is a book about forgotten pages of South Africa's rich worker history from 1903 to 1921. It includes socio-historical analysis of the Cape Town 'answer" to the Bolshevik Party (the Industrial Socialist League). Jewish Trade unionism in the Mother City at the turn of the 20 th century and Uncovers the struggles and tribulations of various sections of the working class against exploitation and poverty.

Dr. Evangelos Mantzaris was born in Lemnos, Greece in 1953. After graduating from Panteios University in Anthens he came to South Africa where he obtained an M. Social Science and PH.D from the sociology Department at the University of Cape Town. He is the Senior Research Officer at the Social Policy Programme, University of Durban-Westville. He has published widely in English, Greek and Yiddish on ethnic and class relations, industrial sociology, family and old age.


Chapter 1 - The Promise of the Impossible Revolution: The Cape Town Industrial Socialist League, 1918 - 1921

Chapter 2 - Jewish Trade Unions in Cape Town 1903-1907: A Socio-Historical Study

Chapter 3 - The Cigarette-Makers Strikes and the First Workers Co-operative Society in South Africa, Cape Town 1906 - 1907

Chapter 4 - Another Victory for Trade Unionism: The 1918 Cape Town Musicians' Strike

Chapter 5 - The Indian Tobacco Workers Strike of 1920: A Socio-Historical Investigation

Chapter 6 - 'Direct Action' on the Shop-Floor: The Denver Engineering Strike, 1919 - 1920

  • Labour Struggles in South Africa The Forgotten Pages 1903 - 1921 by Evangelos A. Mantzaris