On the 25th of May 2019, the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) and South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) in collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung hosted a seminar titled, “Gender Inequality in Trade Unions”. The event was held in Cape Town at the Tshisimani Activist Centre. The event took place in a context where, as argued by Horn (1991), the labour movement and the left have positioned themselves as vanguards of the working class and its struggles. However, it is doubtful to what extent the labour movement can advocate and protect the interests of further marginalized groups such as Womxn and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) people.
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Report and photographs by Sikho Luthango, Programme Officer for Labour Relations and Economy.