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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