Class struggle trade union caucus
On August 16th, 34 platinum miners at Marikana were brutality shot down and killed by the South African police (SACP) under the direction of the ruling capitalist African National Congress (ANC). Over 78 were wounded and many remain detained. The striking miners are organized as the African Miners Construction Union (AMCU) and were a breakaway union from the National Union of Miners (NUM) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). The impoverished miners are struggling for better pay from the Lonmin corporation.
Oakland, CA recently organized a solidarity rally for the miners. What is desperately needed is to mobilize workers and all the oppressed in defense of the South African workers. We hope to build a democratic committee composed of organizations and individuals to organize united front solidarity actions for the miners.