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South Africa strike wins gains for metal workers

29 July 2014
Metal and engineering workers in South Africa ended their four-week strike this week having forced bosses to make major concessions.  

South Africa strikers in talks

22 July 2014
Union representatives from the Numsa metal workers’ union in South Africa were in talks as Socialist Worker went to press.

International round-up

15 July 2014
Union mocks the bosses in South Africa | US intervenes after Afghan election | New threat despite stalemate in Ukraine

International round-up

08 July 2014
Metal workers' strike shakes South Africa | Maliki hangs on but Iraq may split | Massive march in Hong Kong | Former French president Sarkozy arrested

Platinum miners’ victory is shaking South Africa

01 July 2014
The nightmare is not over for South Africa’s ruling class as more workers now plan to walk out after the success of the miners’ strike, reports Ken Olende

Five-month strike wins big pay rise for miners in South Africa

24 June 2014
South African platinum miners force bosses to pay up after five-month battle, writes Ken Olende

Striking platinum miners need support as winter hits South Africa

03 June 2014
South Africa’s platinum bosses and the striking Amcu union are both considering a new proposal to end the 18-week strike.

Striking South African platinum miners need solidarity to win

20 May 2014
South African platinum miners last week defied a concerted attempt to break their four-month strike for a living wage. But to win they need solidarity from workers everywhere.

Which way now for South Africa after the ANC’s election win?

13 May 2014
With the ongoing miners’ strike and anger at the Marikana inquiry the ANC’s win is no return to ‘normality’, writes Charlie Kimber in South Africa

South African government tries to turn Marikana massacre inquiry into a whitewash

13 May 2014
Two outrageous decisions threaten to make the official inquiry into the 2012 Marikana massacre into a whitewash.

‘Mines should be run democratically in the interest of all’ says union shop steward in South Africa

06 May 2014
Around 80,000 platinum miners have been on strike since January. The 15-week strike is one the biggest in South Africa’s history. 

Digging the dirt on the diamond trade

06 May 2014
In the second of a series on commodities that shaped the world, Simon Basketter looks at how brutal imperialist bosses turned useless rocks into a lucrative market

Angry strikers react to Marikana massacre film in South Africa's platinum belt

06 May 2014
Two years ago South African cops shot and killed 34 strikers at Marikana platinum mine, with the collusion of bosses and politicians. Now a documentary film about the massacre is being shown in the platinum belt where 80,000 miners are on strike. Charlie Kimber describes the atmosphere at one of the mass twilight screenings

ANC win in South Africa's elections won't stop historic challenges to its dominance

06 May 2014
Charlie Kimber reports from South Africa on a critical election, mass workers’ strikes and political turmoil

South Africa: The ANC monolith cracks

29 April 2014
Irvin Jim, head of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, and Dali Mpofu of the Economic Freedom Fighters, speak to Socialist Worker's Ken Olende

Reports round-up

22 April 2014
Protest to defend One Housing rep Bryan Kennedy | Ballot result due at First Great Western | London protest for South African Amplats miners | Anti-bedroom tax campaign calls meeting | Occupational therapists challenge 'bullying' in Greenwhich | Petition against Barts Health advocacy cuts in Tower Hamlets

Numsa marches for jobs across South Africa

25 March 2014
The South African metal workers’ union Numsa held a day of action on Wednesday of last week against unemployment.

Miner out on bail in South Africa

18 March 2014
Striking South African platinum miner and leading AMCU union activist Makhanya Siphamandla was released on bail on Friday of last week. Makhanya and another militant are charged with attempted murder. 

Leading miner arrested in South Africa as bosses face strike wave

11 March 2014
Makhanya Siphamandla, an important leader in South Africa’s national strike of platinum miners, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.

South African platinum strikers to march

04 March 2014
Thousands of striking platinum miners were set to march on South Africa’s parliament on Thursday of this week.

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