Friday, May 19, 2006

Worker's Strike in South Africa

Yesterday, the national unions (Cosatu - Congress of South African Trade Unions) conducted a strike nationwide against low wages, worker's rights, and encouraging the government to create jobs. There has been strong support in all sectors and by civil society to improve the conditions for workers. The disruption has been effective as people have no transport to get to work and locals have sentiments for those paid less than 30R a day ($4 CAD) to feed their families. There is a large class division among the population for the haves and the have-nots which has trickled through history since the apartheid era.

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