Apartheid Repression and Dissent in the Mines 1948-1982

Volume 2 : History of Black Mineworkers in SA

Author(s): ALLEN, V L
ISBN13/Barcode: 9780850365665

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It surveys developments from the establishment of the Apartheid state to 1982 when it was being challenged in the mines, factories and townships.

After the Soweto Revolt, the government slowly began to compromise and by 1982 the conditions were present for the formation of a new union for black mineworkers. It surveys the recruitment, harsh working conditions and work-related deaths and injuries and includes a detailed account of the Coalbrook Colliery disaster in 1960 when 437 were killed; also the wave of dissent by black students and industrial workers that arose in the 1970s.

The Guardian newspaper conducted a successful wages campaign for black workers. Black mineworkers joined the protesters in 1973-1976 when more than 200 of them were killed. These protests were followed by the Soweto uprising, by township violence and by a state response that was both oppressive and conciliatory. In the following years there developed a career black mine labour force.

Contents: Preface, Introduction, Part One: Preparing for Work with Hostile Rocks: The Cheap Black Labour Supply, Hostile Rocks: Gold, Uranium, Diamonds, Coal, Platinum, Chrome, Asbestos, Copper, Manganese, Iron, and nine maps of mineral types, Fitting Recruits into Mine Jobs, The Language of Slavery, The Heat Acclimatisation Process, Working with Fear. Part Two: Dissent, Repression, Protest and Reform: 1948-1982: Defiance and Struggle after the 1948 Election, The Coalbrook Colliery Disaster: 21 January 1960, The Dark Dungeon of a Decade: 1960-1970, The Return of Collective Dissent: 1970 – 1974, The Mining Wages Explosion: 1971-1975, Table Five: Monthly Minimum Wages for Black Mineworkers, Revolts in the Compounds: 1973-1976, Soweto: The Catalyst for Liberation: 1976 – 1982, The Prospects for a Black Mineworkers’ Union: 1976 – 1982, Subject Index, Name Index, 1 figure. Appendices: The Freedom Charter, The concept of a poverty datum line, Reported mine disputes from 1972 to 1976. 24 illustrations.

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ISBN13/Barcode 9780850365665
ISBN10 085036566X
Author ALLEN, V L
Binding Hardback
Date Published 7 Aug 2005
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 489
Publisher Merlin Press

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