Class struggle trade union caucus
An Injury to One is an Injury to All!
Statement of Protest: South African ANC Marikana Massacre
Our independent rank-and-file Fighting Union Caucus (Iowa) protests the brutal killing of 34 miners by the SAP (South African Police) at Marikana on August 16th. At least 78 miners were also wounded. The militant miners were members of the AMCU (African Miners and Construction Union) a breakaway union that split from NUM (National Union of Miners) when its founding leader was disciplined by the NUM for leading a 2 week mine occupation for his reinstatement by the company. This massacre was a deliberate warning by the ANC (African National Congress) that a militant breakaway of rank and file unions from COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions) will not be tolerated The impoverished Marikana miners have been staging a wildcat strike for better pay since August 10th. Over 260 workers were arrested with some charged with murder. Drop all charges! Since the massacre, drillers at a Royal Bafokeng Platinum Ltd mine have walked out. Now, miners at an Anglo-American Platinum mine are making wage demands.
Our union caucus protests this massacre by the capitalist African National Congress (ANC) party. The ANC in alliance with the Stalinist South African Communist Party (SACP) was a vehicle for national liberation to end white racist capitalist rule. The brutality of apartheid gave way in 1994 to the “power sharing government” with the ANC as the party representing the black majority. But the black majority never got to rule. Even before it shared power in government with the white capitalists, the ANC was a “popular front party” in which the black working masses were subordinated to a black middle class who aspired to become black capitalists serving imperialist finance capital. This massacre clearly exposes the role of the ANC as a capitalist party that runs the South African semi-colonial capitalist economy on behalf of international finance capital.
Our rank-and-file caucus calls on Iowan, Midwestern and all American workers to stand in solidarity with the heroic Marikana miners and to protest this massacre. An injury to one is an injury to all! What is desperately needed today is to unite the entire multi-racial and multi-ethnic working class…in the United States, North America and internationally…in alliance with all the oppressed in struggle against our common enemy, the capitalist ruling class and the capitalist system.
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Unofficial, independent Rank-and-File Fighting Union Caucus composed of individual members of AFSCME Local 12*
Our caucus platform was developed in consultation with public workers in Iowa (SEIU 199 & AFSCME 12), California CDPH (CAPS, AFSCME & SEIU 1000 members) and California SF Superior Court (SEIU 1021) members & retirees.