Workers’ Solidarity, Volume 3, Number 2, Second Quarter, April-June 1997 – Across the world May Day is ours!

Volume 3, Number 2, Second Quarter, April-June 1997 - Across the world May Day is ours!
Volume 3, Number 2, Second Quarter, April-June 1997 – Across the world May Day is ours!

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Workers’ Solidarity was the Magazine of the Workers Solidarity Federation, published from 1995 to 1999.  In total, 8 issues were published.

Contents of Volume 3, Number 2

  • Editorial
    This issue is dedicated to the spirit and ideals of May Day
  • Has the ANC sold out?
    Since taking office, the African National Congress has broken key promises to the Black working class and poor who elected it
  • COSATU on the move
    10,000 workers joined a Congress of South African Trade Unions rally in Johannesburg on March 25
  • A world to win!
    International anarchist/syndicalist News
  • After the collapse of Marxism:Is there an alternative to capitalism today?
    Key elements of the socialist tradition are in irrevocable crisis. What we need to do is to reclaim and identify with the tradition of anti-authoritarian, anti-State, socialism from below
  • Origins of Mayday
    The origins of May Day lie in the struggles of the Anarcho-syndicalist movement. This fact is conveniently hidden by the history books
  • Low pay in South Africa
    100 years ago our comrades were murdered for fighting for workers power. But the evils they resisted then are still alive today
  • Why do we oppose capitalism and the state?
    We oppose capitalism and the State because they are tools used by the ruling class of bosses, military leaders and top government officials to exploit and rule the rest of us
  • Why class struggle and revolution from below?
    Successful class struggle requires the mobilisation of as many people and strata of the working class as possible
  • Swaziland: general strike for democracy
    On March 2, the 83,000-strong Swaziland Federation of Trade Unions (SFTU) ended an incredible 28 general strike after the government released four imprisoned union leaders
  • Bengu tricks students
    1997 has been rocked by country- wide student protest- against racism, exclusion of the poor, and the government’s plans to drastically cut subsidies to the universities and technikons


In the run up to the 1994 elections, the ANC promised, among other things, free and compulsory education for the first ten years. It promised more schools, books and teachers for all children. In a famous speech, Mandela stated: “Young lions of South Africa go to school and arm yourself with education, for it will be a necessity for the country’s future”. Inequalities affecting the poor in education were mentioned as a priority. But ANC has changed its party line. The current education reforms will worsen the inequalities of the past:

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