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WASP Stands in Solidarity with #CLOVERSTRIKE

The Workers and Socialist Party salutes Clover Workers for standing up against their bosses and demanding better working conditions. We are in full support of the strike demands and call for further solidarity. Over 2000 workers have embarked on a nationwide strike on 13 October at foods and beverages company Clover demanding: a wage increase of 16% an end toRead the rest of this page »

Awakening a Giant: the mighty working class is on the march

Workers Unite Across Federations in Nationwide Strike Action Workers from all major union federations turned up in the thousands for the 7 October #CosatuNationalStrike. SAFTU, NACTU and FEDUSA called on their members to support this action, marking an end to the long paralysis in the labour movement and a historic moment of working class solidarity not seen since the fallRead the rest of this page »

Mobilise for 7 October

The time to strike is now! A CALL TO ALL WORKING CLASS ACTIVISTS TO JOIN THE LABOUR ACTION ON 7 OCTOBER Workers in COSATU have taken the bold first step to call for mass action in a period of generalised disorientation by the labour movement to defend the hard-won gains made in the public sector wage agreements of 2018.  NEHAWURead the rest of this page »

#BoycottNaturesGarden UPDATE

Victory for working class voices in court; battle for living wage continues on the picket line Six weeks ago, more than 300 members of GIWUSA went on strike at frozen vegetables and chips manufacturer Nature’s Garden. Their reasonable demands included a living wage for every worker and an end to the company’s outsourcing of labour. After WASP publicly called forRead the rest of this page »

Nature’s Garden security shoots at striking workers

On Wednesday, 9 September, WASP received reports from workers that the private armed security employed by Nature’s Garden, without any provocation, chose to raise their guns and fire indiscriminately at nearly 100 picketing workers. Ten workers required medical attention for the wounds inflicted by rubber bullets and another type of ammunition that remains unidentified. 300 workers, who are members ofRead the rest of this page »

Urgent call for solidarity!

WASP will not be Intimidated by Spineless Capitalist Tactics Last week we released a statement in solidarity with striking workers employed at frozen vegetables and chips manufacturer Nature’s Garden in Alberton. Since 12 August, more than 300 members of the General Industries Workers Union of South Africa (GIWUSA) have been engaged in a protected strike with the company’s management overRead the rest of this page »

BOYCOTT Nature’s Garden

WASP Supports Boycott of company’s Products in Solidarity with Striking Workers On Wednesday, 12 August more than 300 members of the General Industries Workers Union of South Africa (GIWUSA) employed at frozen vegetables manufacturer Nature’s Garden in Alberton embarked on strike action to demand a living wage. Despite the fact that the company has been reaping the rewards of increasedRead the rest of this page »

Close Schools Now

Schools Stay Closed Until It's Safe | WASP

Fight to fundamentally change education instead! Written by a Western Cape Teacher Schools have been forced open by the big push to “save the economy” by loosening lockdown restrictions. On 7 June, new daily cases totaled 2300. Five weeks since the opening of schools on 8 June, over 12,000 new cases were reported daily. Education workers have been thrown ontoRead the rest of this page »

Democratic Republic of the Congo — 60 Years of Neo-Colonial Plundering

Lumumba and Eyskens sign the document granting independence to the Congo (source: Wikipedia)

On Tuesday, June 30th 2020 the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will be celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of its independence from Belgian colonial rule. But sixty years after independence, the DRC is one of the poorest countries in the world. This poverty is rooted in the neo-colonial plundering post-independence, dictatorships and war of DRC. Written by Martin LeBrun ofRead the rest of this page »

End trade union paralysis – For a fighting socialist programme!

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Perspectives to build a militant trade union movement in the context of Covid-19 and economic turmoil Statement by WASP National Committee The Treasury forecasts that job losses this year will range from 3 to 7 million. Even the highly optimistic three-million-scenario sketches the outlines of the economic storm and extreme shocks awaiting the working class. The most probable scenario isRead the rest of this page »

For a socialist South Africa, a socialist Africa, and a socialist world!