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South Africa: Two hundred thousand metal workers on strike - bosses respond with lockouts

Written by Ben Morken in South Africa Wednesday, 02 July 2014
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numsa-strike-thOn Tuesday, 1 July, hundreds of thousands of metalworkers went out on strike in the engineering and metals sectors, bringing the industry to a complete standstill. The strike involves small, medium and large companies, with more than 220,000 workers at about 10,500 workplaces. Some of the big companies that are affected includes Bell Equipment, Dorbyl, Murray and Roberts, Scaw Metals and Reunert.

 

South Africa: Lessons of the platinum miners' strike

Written by Ben Morken Monday, 16 June 2014
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miners-thThe longest strike in South Africa’s history has ended. For nearly five long months, platinum miners affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) held out against the arrogance and intransigence of the platinum mine bosses. On Thursday the business press  broke  the news that an “in principle agreement” had been reached between the platinum mines and the union. The markets and the national  currency made strong gains in response. On the same day the workers indicated at mass rallies in Rustenburg that they would accept the latest offer of the mining houses. The companies and the union are expected to sign the agreement soon.

 

Nigeria: Final victory for student militant after 14 years!

Written by Ola Kazeem Thursday, 12 June 2014
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In 1998 a number of students were arrested at the University of Ilorin for organising protests against hikes in student fees. They were held in prison for over a month and this website campaigned for their release at the time. One of the students involved in that struggle was Rasheedat Adeshina, a leader of the student union. The price she paid for daring to protest was that although she passed all her exams brilliantly, her degree certificate was never released by the authorities. It has taken 14 years, but finally she has won.

   

Abduction of Chibok schoolgirls brings to fore class contradictions of Nigerian society

Written by Fred Weston Friday, 16 May 2014
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Abduction of Chibok schoolgirls brings to fore class contradictions of Nigerian society. Photo: Jordi Bernabeu FarrusThe abduction by the Islamic fundamentalist Boko Haram group of over 200 schoolgirls in Chibok in the north of the country and the way the Nigerian government has reacted to it has highlighted the truly corrupt nature of the regime. It has revealed its utter cynicism in the face of the real suffering of the masses.

 

South Africa: Tens of thousands on strike - Army deployed in Marikana

Written by Ben Morken Thursday, 15 May 2014
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miners-thAn explosive situation is once again building up in the platinum belt around Rustenburg, as a four month old strike over wages by 70,000 miners has seen the dramatic escalation of tensions in the last few days. Just in the last few hours the state has dispatched the army to assist the already large police contingent in a desperate attempt to break the strike.

   

Renewed Boko Haram attacks and the tasks before the Nigerian working class

Written by Musa Atiku in northern Nigeria Thursday, 15 May 2014
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may-day-nigeria-2014-thThe dramatic events that have unfolded in this country in the past few weeks – among them the abduction of over 300 schoolgirls by Boko Haram – confirm more than ever the complete impotence of the inept and extremely corrupt Nigerian ruling class, and also the rottenness of the country's armed forces, in the face of the insurgency.

 

South Africa: Hollow ANC victory - Class Struggle Ahead!

Written by Ben Morken in South Africa Tuesday, 13 May 2014
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voting-queue-2-thThe the South African national elections of 7 May resulted in a clear victory to the African National Congress. However beneath the surface the mood is one of anger and disillusionment with the corrupt right-wing leadership of the party through which the masses overthrew the Apartheid regime.

   

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