I-Durban Moment

NgoLwesithathu olwedlule, izinkulungwane zabasebenzi zingene emigwaqweni njengengxenye yesiteleka sikazwelonke se-SAFTU (South African Federation of Trade Unions). Inyunyana ibibhikishela u-R20 ohlongozwayo weholo likazwelonke elisethulwayo njengamanje. Baqophe  umlando abasebenzi ngokugodla amandla abo okusebenza ukuze bathuthukise izimo zabo zokusebenza, ngamazinga ahlukene empumelelo. NgoJanuwari 1973, imashi yabasebenzi abangu-2000 besuka e-Coronation Brick and Tile beya enkundleni yebhola eliseduze kwaba isiteleka …

Reflecting on the 1973 Durban Strikes

January 9th 2021 marks 48 years since the 1973 Durban strikes, also dubbed the ‘Durban Moment’, began with 2000 workers from Coronation Brick and Tile going on strike. They demanded that their wages be increased from R8,97 to R20 a week. This initial strike was followed by larger ones across the city, and by February …

Biko, Turner & the Durban Moment

If you are in Gauteng tomorrow, then do yourself a favour and head on down to the University of Pretoria. The Faculty of Humanities will be hosting the launch of Ian Macqueen’s recently published book, Black Consciousness and Progressive Movements under Apartheid. A synopsis of the book notes that the Black Consciousness (BC) movement tends to be viewed in …

The Durban Moment

Last Wednesday, thousands of workers took to the streets as part of the SAFTU (South African Federation of Trade Unions) organised national strike. The union was protesting against the proposed R20 per hour national minimum wage that is currently being tabled. Throughout history employees have used their power of withholding labour in order to improve …