Contents: Africa for USA • Updates from South Africa • ECONOMY DOWN, MILITANCY UP • FORCED FARM LABOR • JUNE 14 MARCH • BOYCOTT SHELL! • COSATU: A GIANT STEP FORWARD • MINEWORKERS TAKE THE LEAD • The newsletter says on February 28, 350 South African workers at the 3M plant in Elandsfontein near Johannesburg staged a half-day walkout in solidarity with 3M workers in Freehold, New Jersey whose plant is being closed. The newsletter says South Africa's faltering economy has compounded the hardship faced by black workers under the apartheid labor system, at least 1,000 of whom lost their jobs each week in 1985. The newsletter says according to Amnesty International’s study, South Africa: Imprisonment under the Pass Laws, some 238,000 people were reported to have been arrested in 1984 under the Pass Laws or related legislation. The newsletter says the formation of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in November 1985 represents a new stage of unity and influence for the South African labor movement. The newsletter discusses Emma Mashinini. The Commercial Catering and Allied Workers Union of South Africa (CCAWUSA), black workers, Sidney Skosana, Bafana Dhlamine, New Jersey Artists for Mankind, Stanley Fisher, the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers, the United Democratic Front (UDF), the Botha regime, townships, a March Against Apartheid, Mae Ngai, District 65/UAW, the United Mineworkers of America (UMWA), the Nation Union of Mineworker (NUM, the Citywide Anti-Apartheid Coordinating Council, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), Influx Control laws, the Metal and Allied Workers Union, a minimum living wage, the General Mining Corporation (GENCOR), the Anglo-American Corporation, the South African Chamber of Mines, May Day, the Southern African Miners’ Federation, Nelson Mandela, the Sweet Food and Allied Workers Union (SFAWU), Renown Food, Barlow Rand, David Makahma, and the Hormel strike.
Used by permission of former members of the New York Labor Committee Against Apartheid.
Collection: New York Labor Committee Against Apartheid, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections