[DOCUMENT] Poster from 1996 general strike around labour law

Poster from the 1996 general strike called by COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions) to try push the new Labour Relations Act (then Bill) in a more labour-friendly direction. A key point of contention was a clause allowing bosses the right to lock-out, which was being pushed by the old National Party (NP), the old apartheid party, then still in government as a junior partner in the post-apartheid state. The lock-out clause was never removed. I still remember the mass march in Johannesburg on 30 April 1996: the power of the working class, its rolling thunder, I was proud and awed to be there … The working class can change history.

PDF of the below is here

1996 protests Wits posters003

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