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Direct Action #63 (March/April 1990)

Issue #63 of Direct Action, with articles on the release of Nelson Mandela and legalisation of the ANC, different strategies for the anti-poll tax movement including a critique of Militant (now the Socialist Party), South Yorkshire Police advising women to close their curtains, a reprint of Andy Anderson's pamphlet on Hungary '56, the collapse of the soviet bloc, part 2 of the DAM's new industrial strategy, print workers organising after Wapping, the British Army in Ireland, more police frame-ups of Irish people, updates on prisoner Martin Foran, the CNT/CGT court case, police killing an anti-fascist in West Germany, an advert for the March 1990 poll tax demo, and more.

Direct Action #51 (September 1988)

Issue #51 of Direct Action, with articles on the Stalinist leadership of the ANC and COSATU, racist attacks, workfare-type schemes, the possibility of a split ahead of the TUC congress, a strike at Yardley in Basildon, post office news, revolt in South Korea ahead of the Olympics, housing and a proposed housing bill, anarcho-syndicalist strategy and class, establishment hypocrisy on Ireland, a letter criticising DA's coverage of that subject, religious education, an article from the Australian ASF about the colonisation of Australia, and more.

Direct Action #37 (March 1987)

Issue #37 of Direct Action, with articles on the need for cross-sectional solidarity to win strikes, the lessons of Wapping, disputes at Ardbride/Laura Ashley and a Hackney sweatshop, the defeat of the Silentnight strike, strip searches of Northern Irish women prisoners, a court case over abortion rights, a debate on co-ops, the proposed poll tax, news from Italy, Brazil, Bolivia and the Netherlands, the COSATU organising the unemployed in South Africa, strikes at Wheelers fish restaurant in Brighton, the Trader print group, and a Caterpillar occupation, racism on the dole, life under the Australian Labour Party and more.

Labour in South Africa: A sleeping giant?

A chapter by Lucien van der Walt providing a brief overview of the union movement in South Africa, black and white, its achievements and its challenges.This includes a discussion of all the main union federations and their background, including the Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA).

Rethinking welfare: A radical critique - Lucien van der Walt

In 2006, Cosatu called for the introduction of a universal basic incomes grant in response to the ANC introducing various welfare measures to alleviate poverty. Lucien van der Walt argued that that unions had been sidestracked by technocratic demands and that the demand for welfare should instead be linked to the struggle of the working class to reinvent society.

South Africa: the partial reemergence of workers autonomy - Mouvement Communiste and Kolektivně proti Kapitălu

Marikana miners on a hill

A text about the wave of strikes which swept South Africa starting in late 2012, focusing on the role of the miners. Also published as PDF, MOBI and EPUB files.

A house divided: The state of the trade union movement in South Africa

Benjamin Fogel on the attempt by the South African Communist Party to take over the trade union movement in South Africa.

Uprising in the Cape Winelands - self-organised farmworkers reject union attempts to end their strike

Fires set during farm workers' protests.

Driving through the Hex River Valley after Wednesday’s chaotic protests feels like entering a ghost town. Yet when one manages to find residents and speak to them, it becomes crystal clear that the farm workers are planning to hold out for their wage demands – and that few of them know anything of the well-publicised promises that they would be back at work this week.

Are the strikes In South Africa good for mining companies?

As the dispute continues in Marikana, and appears to be spreading to both other platinum mines and to more workers at Lonmin, is it worth taking a step back from the immediate actions and considering the broader economic effect of the strikes?

Armageddon at Implat's wildcat strike? Mine eruptions escalate in South Africa

Protesting miners throw rocks at police near Impala Platinum's Rustenburg mine.

22 February 2012. South African miners are in the fifth week of a wildcat strike that has paralysed the Rustenburg mine of Impala Platinum, the biggest producer of platinum in the world. The last few days have seen antagonism erupt into increasingly militant action.