Andrew Chirwa, President South African Metalworkers Union Speaks
￼￼Polica massacre of 34 striking Marikana miners Andrew Chirwa, President of NUMSA
￼Saturday, July 5, 7:00 PM
ILWU 34, Ship Clerks Union
801 2nd St., SF next to AT&T Stadium LaborFest film showing
“Miners Shot Down” http://www.laborfest.net
Sunday, July 6, 2:00 PM
ILWU 10, Longshore Union
400 N. Point St./Mason, SF Special meeting with
Andrew Chirwa, NUMSA President
1934 police murder of two strikers
“Bloody Thursday” July 5 commemorates the police murder of maritime workers in the 1934 Big Strike which provoked the San Francisco General Strike. All U.S. West Coast ports are shutdown to honor the 6 labor martyrs killed during the strike.
In 2012, at the Marikana mine in South Africa, 34 striking miners were massacred by police. ILWU Local 10 sent a letter of protest to the ANC-led government. Andrew Chirwa, president of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the largest union in that country will address workers about the massacre and miners strike, the longest in South African history and the impending metalworkers’ strike.
On July 1, both the South African metalworkers union and the ILWU longshore contracts expire. NUM- SA is preparing for a “full-blown strike” much like the maritime workers did in 1934. Now is the time for international labor solidarity.
Organized by the Transport Workers Solidarity Committee http://www.transportworkers.org
Solidarity Has No Borders!
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