Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #186) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #186)
Transcript: In the face of such concerted action SACTU and the Congress Alliance had to resort to extra trade unions forms of struggle to bring the employers to their knees. A popular bakery, a large cigarette company with international connections, a multi million Rand food firm had their products boycotted until they recognised the unions and made concessions. An international soap company granted two wage increases within a single year in the face of international aid for the workers. Perhaps the best example of the solidarity of the trade unions from Africa with the South African workers was the case of a large sweet factory which dismissed 500 Indian strikers and replaced them with new African labour. The firm faced the wrath of the trade union movement in Africa. The workers of Ghana, Tanzania, Malawi, Congo, Kenya, Uganda and many other countries demanded immediate re instatement of the dismissed workers, failing which the firm would face a boycott of its products which were exported to the continent. The firm beat a hasty retreat and made concessions.
Perhaps one of the biggest acts of international solidarity was when the international trade union and progressive movement in England, Europe, the Americas, Canada, Australia, New Zealand,Africa, Asia and the Socialist countries protested against the low wages and bad working conditions of black workers in a large hospital, forcing the government to make concessions.
One of the most sustained and successful campaigns launched by SACTU was one for a minimum wage of £1 a day. The idea such a campaign was suggested to SACTU by the ANC and troughout
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