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Title:In search of better wages: a challenge to mining capitalism and State power, 1943
Author:Malunga, FelixISNI
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan
Geographic term:South Africa
labour conflicts
Abstract:This article provides an insight into the frustrations experienced by African mineworkers at the Messina Transvaal Development Company - a copper mining company in South Africa - as a result of poor wages and service conditions. Through a number of labour laws, the South African government had protected the mining industry from labour demands which were seen as threatening not only to the economic stability of the mining industry, but also to the mining tax revenue of the State. The article also shows that the outbreak of the 1943 strike at the Messina copper mines was a visible manifestation of a permanent alienation and conflict, a sign that the contradictions in the economic and social systems at these mines were growing and that the struggle between mine management and the workers was assuming a sharper and an irrepressible form. During the strike period, the government did not hesitate to use police and military force to compel labour to succumb to capital-State requirements. Notes, ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans. [Journal abstract]