Category Archives: South Africa

South Africa | SAFTU-led General Strike Commences in South Afrika

A planned general strike by the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) and allies has begun, and by all accounts, it has the makings of a seismic blow to the moribund political establishment in South Afrika that has plagued the people with austerity, corruption and wage cuts, while bowing to white monopoly capital and neo-liberal pressure. Workers throughout the country have answered the call by joining in actions against the state, leading a devastating shutdown that has now affected a significant portion of the country’s economy. Nico Vermeulen, the director of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers in South Africa (NAAMSA), has affirmed that almost all of the country’s car manufacturers have succumbed to the shutdown. With international brands among those affected (Toyota, Ford, BMW, etc.) the imperial bourgeoisie is also feeling the effects of South Afrikan class struggle. Beyond car manufacturers, the National Employers Association of South Africa (NEASA) has reported that, in a survey of over 350 businesses, 35% of companies were affected, and 8% were experiencing a complete shutdown.[1]

South Africa | SOUTH AFRICA: The Butcher of Marikana Becomes President

Cyril Ramaphosa being sworn in as new president

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South Africa | South Africa: Thousands of workers support national strike

Thousands of workers took to the streets and marched in 13 towns across South Africa in support of a national strike against state capture and corruption on 27 September. The strike, which was a protected strike in terms of the law, was called by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). IndustriALL affiliates the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union, National Union of Mineworkers, and the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union took part in the strike.

BRICS Xiamen summit doomed by centrifugal economics

by Patrick Bond

The Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa summit in Xiamen from September 3-5 is already inscribed with high tension thanks to Sino-Indian border conflicts. But regardless of a welcome new peace deal, centrifugal forces within the fast-whirling world economy threaten to divide the BRICS. South Africa, which plays host to the BRICS in 2018, is already a victim of these trends – even as President Jacob Zuma continues to use the bloc as a primary crutch in his so-called “anti-imperialist” (talk-left walk-right) political survival kit.

India | Workers of the world, united

The Mumbai Conference on War, Exploitation and Precarious Labour brought together unionists from across the globe

Mumbai: Two hundred trade unionists from 22 countries, with another 200 from India, gathered over the weekend to attend the Mumbai Conference on War, Exploitation and Precarious Labour.