Meeting: Andrew Chirwa , NUMSA President
“Bloody Thursday” July 5 commemorates the police murder of maritime workers in the 1934 Big Strikewhich 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’
On July 1, both the South African metalworkers union and the ILWU longshore contracts expire. NUMSA is preparing for a “full-blown strike” much like the maritime workers did in 1934. Now is the time for international labor solidarity.