This was issued by the Workers Solidarity Federation (WSF) at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), in early 1997, and condemned proposed cuts by the state to public universities. It holds up very well: 20 years onwards, the university system is underfunded, marked by job insecurity and outsourcing, and substantial exclusion of black working class students. The division between historically advantaged (“white”) and historically disadvantaged … Continue reading “Education is a Right, Not a Privilege!”: WSF leaflet for university struggles (1997)
The (undated) leaflet below was issued by the Workers Solidarity Federation (WSF) section in Durban, in the latter half of the 1990s. The original text was sourced from elsewhere. The leaflet opposes xenophobia and the persecution of working class immigrants, illegal and otherwise, a problem that still bedevils South Africa, as the horrors of the May 2008 riots (and many before and since) show. The … Continue reading “Tear Down the Borders”: WSF, Durban, latter 1990s
This leaflet was issued by the Workers Solidarity Federation (WSF), and advocated an anarcho-syndicalist approach to trade unionism. It was directed to, in reality, to rank-and-file members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). Another version here. While “anarcho-syndicalism” in certain English-speaking countries has come to be tied to a strategy of “dual unionism” (the formation of brand-new unions on a purely anarcho-syndicalist … Continue reading Revolutionary Trade Unionism: road to workers’ freedom – Workers Solidarity Federation ca. 1997
In 1997, the young African National Congress (ANC) government – which had been in the Transitional Executive government in 1993, then swept the 1994 general elections, and the 1995 local government elections – continued its implementation of neo-liberal measures. These had surprised many people, because the ANC was elected on a largely Keynesian social democratic platform (exemplified by the Reconstruction and Development Programme, or RDP). … Continue reading “Last Call: Time for Action” – students fight budget cuts, 1997 – Workers Solidarity Federation
Vakbonde word gebou omdat dit vir werkers nodig is om saam te werk teen hul base, want die base buit die werkers uit: die werkers doen al die werk, maar die base vat die wins. Die base is ‘n minderheid wat op die werkers, die meerderheid, teer.