TOYOTA Workers Demands to the NUMSA President PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 September 2013 15:30

The Democratic Socialist Movement here publishes an account by workers at the Toyota Prospecton plant outside Durban. At the time of writing, Monday September 9, the Prospecton workers are continuing the strike, still awaiting the NUMSA president’s promised report-back. The NUMSA leadership has told the workers that their continued strike action is illegal. More updates to follow.

Toyota workers’ testimony:

The NUMSA national president, Mr Cedric Gina, came to the Toyota plant, Prospecton, on Thursday September 5, 2013, to address the striking workers’ mass meeting. He told us that the NEC of NUMSA had agreed to call off the strike. He told us that this was the decision they have taken as NEC. The reason according to the president was that on Monday September 9, 2013, NUMSA would take the motor industry workers out on strike.

Many of the workers were so angry that they shouted at their president, telling him that they were not happy that the NEC took a decision, whereas it is they, the workers, who are on strike, not the NEC. Workers further told him that it would be useless to for us to go back to work in the auto sector only for the motor sector to be taken out. We should all strike together. What made us even more angry was that nothing new was on the table since we went on strike. The way we see it, the...

Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 15:52
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 12:30

WASP/DSM Statement of Solidarity with Abahlali 4 September 2013

The Workers and Socialist Party (WASP) condemns the latest acts of repression – ANC-instigated evictions of and assault on Abahlali baseMjondolo members – in Cato Crest in the strongest terms. We urge all progressive organisations and individuals to stand in solidarity Abahlali. This attack is the latest in a long history of repression and harassment against Abahlali and other progressive organisations...

Marikana: workers remember the massacre a year ago PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 19:20

Democratic Socialist Movement reporters, South Africa 21 August 2013

On August 16, the anniversary of the police massacre on striking workers at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, over 5000 mineworkers gathered on ‘the mountain’ where their comrades were shot down a year ago.

The hardest thing is that I don’t know why I...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 19:43
Workplace report from Khotso Batho: workers used and discarded by CEPPWAWU general secretary PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 August 2013 08:07 publishes a report sent by workers of Khotso Batho, the ‘Black Economic Empowerment’ labour broker company which was contracted to Sasol, until it was shut down recently after massive corruption was exposed. Khotso Batho Mining Services is owned by Maureen Mofokeng, married to the CEPPWAWU (Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union) general secretary Simon Mofokeng who also played a key role in the company. The workers who were left...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 11:52
One year after the Marikana massacre PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 August 2013 06:38

Both capitalists and the working class prepare for unforeseen turmoil

On August 16, 2012, at Marikana, a bloody line was drawn in South Africa’s political sand when police in cold blood shot dead 34 workers and wounded 78. The few seconds of the massacre that were shown on TV tore down decades of carefully nurtured illusions about the ANC government and the capitalist state...

Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 06:51

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