POINTS OF UNITY
by Seattle Labor Committee Against Apartheid
Seattle, Washington, United States
The document says the Seattle Labor Committee Against Apartheid is united and organized around points of unity: to put the issue of apartheid in South Africa on the agenda of the labor movement; to recognize the role of South African workers in the struggle against apartheid; to build solidarity between U.S. workers and South African workers, particularly that of COSATU; and to support initiatives of labor against apartheid to promote labor/community/church cooperation in building the struggle against apartheid. The document says the issue of apartheid is a critical issue for all working people here; as such, we believe the Labor Movement must make this a central issue to fighting for human rights and decency for all workers, here and abroad. The document says Apartheid, besides being thoroughly racist, is a system of slavery for the majority of Black workers in South Africa; therefore, the role that workers and unions play there is an important one in exposing and bringing down Apartheid. The document says the same multi-national corporations that are trying to break our unions and lower our wages and standard of living here in the U.S. are keeping the Black workers in South Africa in slave conditions; therefore, it is important for us to build ties with those unions or labor federations that are recognized as the legitimate representatives of the workers there and to give them whatever support is needed.
Used by permission of former members of the Seattle Labor Committee Against Apartheid.
Collection: Selma Waldman collection on the Seattle Coalition Against Apartheid (SCCA), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections