Some major strikes in South Africa
Types of strikes
Planning the strike
- Are workers prepared to take action?
- How important is the demand?
- What type of strike are you planning?
- Do you have a strike plan or programme of action?
- Have you done your research?
- Can you get industrial and political support?
- How strong is the company?
- Should you follow legal channels to strike?
- What is the attitude of your family and community?
- Have you organised the media (pamphlets and placards and other publicity and educational materials, etc.)?
Organising the strike
Evaluating the strike
Reflection helps to improve approaches and tactics. Take the time to identify the lessons learned and share them in the organisation. The strike victory might be a temporary advance. Confront any attempts by the management to roll back the gains made by workers.
- How well did you plan?
- How strong was your organisation of the strike?
- How strong was the support that you managed to build?
- What levels and forms of solidarity were given by other workers?
- What new and creative forms of solidarity action emerged out of the strikes from which you can learn
- What problems did you have and how did you deal with them?
- How effective was the strike?
- What were management’s counter strategies and tactics?
- How were they implemented?
- Did you see these things coming and how did you deal with them?
Source: LRS/TULEC manual for organisers