ANC thanks SA workers

2012-05-01 10:50
Cape Town - South African workers and others in the rest of the world “deserve acknowledgment for their role in developing and sustaining the economy”, the ANC said on Tuesday.

Marking Workers Day, the ANC said it saluted country’s workers.

“South African workers have distinguished themselves within the hundred years of the existence of the ANC as a significant partner in the struggle for liberation and development.

“Their progressive and revolutionary outlook has been key in defining the parameters and content of our struggle,” the party said.

It highlighted a few of the “fallen heroes” of the workers' struggles such as Clement Kadalie, Vuyisile Mini, Elijah Barayi and Chris Dlamini.

“These stalwarts were amongst the most advanced of our revolutionaries owing to their understanding of the interdependence of the struggle of the workers and those of our communities.”

President Jacob Zuma will address a centenary event in Mangaung on Tuesday while ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe will speak at a May Day rally in East London.

Kadalie established the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union in 1919 which grew to the biggest trade union on the African continent at the time and eventually led a dockworkers strike in Cape Town.

Mini's union activities included organising metal workers, co-founding the African Painting and Building Union with Stephen Tobia and being a founder member of the Port Elizabeth Stevedoring and Dockworkers' Union, according to SA History Online.

He also fought against the use of convicts as cheap scab labour, and was later one of the first ANC members to be executed by the apartheid state.

Barayi was the first president of Cosatu at its launch in 1985 and Dlamini was the founding first deputy president of Cosatu.

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