James P. Cannon

SWP Protests Atrocities
Against African Strikers

(August 1946)

Published: The Militant, Vol. 10 No. 34, 24 August 1946, p. 1.
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The following telegram, protesting the South African government’s attack on the strike of African miners, was sent last week to Premier Smuts by James P. Cannon, National Secretary of the Socialist Workers Party:

“The murderous attack of your government against striking workers in Rand gold mines will receive condemnation of labor movement in United States and throughout the world. The Socialist Workers Party demands immediate halt to anti-labor repressions, full recognition of right of Rand workers to bargain for members and abolition of serf-like contract labor.”

Copies of the telegram were also sent to the South African Ministry in Washington, D.C. and the Rand Miners Union in South Africa.

The entire labor movement in this country should join in protest against the anti-labor activities of the South African government and express solidarity with the African miners fighting for decent living conditions.

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