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Sarmcol strike

Explanation
In 1985, workers at the British Tyre and Rubber (BTR) Sarmcol factory in Mpophomeni, outside Howick, Natal, went on strike in support of demands for the recognition of the Metal and Allied Workers' Union (MAWU). Management claimed the strike was illegal and, in March 1985, fired all 970 workers. Following an Inkatha rally in the area on 5 December 1986, four prominent MAWU members were abducted and three of them killed (See MAWU abductions.) The killings set in process a lengthy period of political conflict in the area. In March 1998, 13 years after the initial strike, the Appeal Court ruled in favour of the 970 dismissed strikers.

by Inkatha, and this led to the bussing in, the sending in by buses of a 200-strong Inkatha group into Mpophomeni township, which is the home of the Sarmcol strikers. This took place on the evening of 5th December 1986. They abducted four COSATU officials and members in Mpophomeni township, ...
the events related to this worsening situation are linked to the May 1985 boycotts of firms in Pietermaritzburg in sympathy with the strikers at the Sarmcol Rubber Factory in Howick. This strike arose out of an attempt to gain recognition for the union. All the African workers in this factory ...
... the situation in Mpophomeni at that time? --- At that time - I would like to start from the April. On the April 30th there was a strike at Sarmcol at Howick. At the time where I was staying the community was united. It was COSATU working with UDF. UDF was mostly organising the youth ...
Commission we are going to ask you a few questions. Let me start by asking you with regard to your statement. You said when there was a boycott, a Sarmcol strike, the police as well as your employers said you were preventing people from going to work. Was that correct, or is that correct? When ...
 
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