The symbolic protests by left activists taking place on 1 August have been called because of a growing feeling that something must be done. If the ANC government is left in charge of managing the pandemic, if capitalism and the profit motive continue to determine what is, and what is not, ‘possible’, the working class is heading for disaster. The working class needs to take charge. But how can the mass of the working class be mobilised to do this? Because that is what it will take to switch tracks and avoid the oncoming train-smash. [click to read more]
The very system of tenders, whether they are technically corrupt or not, involves a massive diversion of wealth away from the working class and poor. The profits of every company that does business with the state, from the biggest and most respectable, down to the latest fake shelf-company, is money that could have been spent on service delivery and workers’ wages. But tender-parasitism is an essential feature of twenty-first century South African capitalism. It must be abolished. Outsourcing must be ended. All contracts and tenders must be cancelled and workers and services brought in-house. [click to read more]
The fragmentation of the working class that is developing as a result of the jobs bloodbath needs to be stopped in its tracks with a programme of action that can unite the working class. The core idea must be that the working class will not be made to endure poverty because of capitalism’s crisis. The demand on the bosses and their politicians must be: JOBS FOR ALL! This must be accompanied by the demands that the SOCIAL RELIEF OF DISTRESS GRANT IS MADE PERMANENT AND INCREASED TO R3,500 PER MONTH and THE MINIMUM WAGE IS INCREASED TO R12,500 PER MONTH. [click to read more]
Whilst South Africa has been on a lockdown, aeroplanes grounded and at least one airline liquidated across the world, the struggle for the future of South African Airways has continued. Under the whip of big business, government is set to take full advantage of the global aviation industry crisis the pandemic has triggered. They want to break the workers’ resistance, bury SAA and create a new privately-owned entity parasiting on the state. We believe that the rhetoric in the Numsa leadership’s latest statements on SAA cannot hide the fundamental retreat they have made in the five months since the strike ended. Unfortunately they still do not put forward a genuine alternative a struggle. [click to read more]
On 9 and 10 March EPWP workers protested in Johannesburg and Pretoria outside offices of the Department of Infrastructure Development. In Johannesburg workers refused to leave until they got clear answers from management… [click to read more]
In 2018 a 24 year campaign for the reinstatement of Johannesburg municipal workers ended in an agreement for their reinstatement.
We spoke with STENA MOLEPO, convenor of the Midrand Workers, for an update. [click to read more]