566pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2011
Kally Forrest documents the history of Numsa and its predecessors and asserts the critical role the unions played in apartheid's downfall.
"Kally Forrest uses a large body of sources and personal testimony, and her unrivalled access offers important new understandings and flashes of insight. Numsa's accomplishments were massive and the book gives a sense of this." Professor Phil Bonner, University of the Witwatersrand
"A remarkable story of a remarkable union and a contribution to a deeper understanding of South Africa's transition to democracy from below." Professor Eddie Webster, University of the Witwatersrand
Kally Forrest is the editor of the "South African Labour Bulletin".