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 …

Mother to Thirty Thousand

While there seems to more politicking and less activism in many of today’s trade unions, there was a time in South Africa when the unions filled a very serious role in the fight for workers’ rights, which the government of the day were determined to squash. Curries Fountain, which now forms part of the Durban …

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 …