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Victory in South African strike

Issue No. 1810

Council workers in South Africa have won big concessions over pay after a national strike lasting almost three weeks. The Samwu municipal workers' union won a £14 a month increase in the minimum wage and a 9 percent increase for most of its members. The employers' body had earlier refused to budge from 8 percent.

Strikers faced heavy intimidation. Two strikers were killed during the dispute, and police injured many others. The employers' chairperson, Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, said he would sue the union for damages.

But the strike stayed solid and won support from other unions and the community, and has now emerged victorious.

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Sat 27 Jul 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1810
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