Cosatu’s announcement yesterday that it has lifted the suspension on the
anti-privatisation programme and will be calling a two-day general
strike on the 1st and 2nd October, is a direct
result of the impact of the Samwu strike. In effect Samwu has smashed
its fist through the paper...
The last day of the Earth Summit completed the humiliation of the ANC
government in what it had hoped would be its finest hour. ‘Civil
society’ delegates walked out in disgust, Colin Powell was shouted down
(when he attacked Zimbabwean president Mugabe), and despite the arrests
of activists for...
ANC government harassment and sabotage cannot stop 30,000 marching. On
Saturday 31 August, anti-globalisation activists were joined by
thousands of workers, the unemployed and landless, who marched from the
poor township of Alexandra outside Johannesburg to the Earth Summit
being held in the exclusive, rich suburb of...
The struggle against privatisation in SA has entered a qualitatively new
stage. At the end of August Cosatu will be holding a two-day general
strike to protest against the government’s plan to privatise the
Electricity Supply Commission (ESKOM).
On Wednesday 20 October, the workers of the Mine Line/TAP Engineering
factory in Krugersdorp, just outside Soweto, started an occupation of
their workplace to stop the former owner from stripping the factory of
machinery and other assets and to fight to save their jobs.