Submitted on Tue, 12/30/2014 - 2:10pm
Solidarity with the CSAAWU
In support of the South African farmer workers and their supporting union, the Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural and Allied Workers Union (CSAAWU) the IWW International Solidarity Commission (ISC) issued the following statement:
After the rebellion of South African farmworkers who stood up and fought for their rights and working conditions in 2012/13, the CSAAWU defended dismissed and victimized workers and took cases to the Labour Court where farmworkers were heard the first time since 1994.
Two cases were lost and the CSAAWU has been issued with cost orders in excess of R 600,000 ($ 53,500) for supporting the farmworkers struggle.
The charge is unacceptable but not surprising. This case shows again in which favors Labour courts act and make decisions. The voice of the working class has never been welcome in any legal or administrative office in a system based on exploitation and violence.