Adrienne Bird: Champion of workers' rights to skills development

14 July 2019 - 00:00 By Chris Barron

Adrienne Bird, who has died in Johannesburg at the age of 64, championed the rights of workers to education and training, and was one of the main architects of SA’s post-apartheid skills development legislation.

An early member of the black trade union movement in SA, she fought to develop a system of training and skills development which would make it possible for any worker without much formal schooling to go, as she put it, “from shop-floor sweeper to engineer”...

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