Come and hear NUMSA's General Secretary, Irvin Jim, on:
"New Working Class Leadership and the Prospects for Socialist Politics in South Africa."
The dramatic upsurge of popular grass-roots protest in South Africa's townships and rural areas in recent years has been well-termed as marking a virtual "rebellion of the poor" in that country. The working class itself has also been assertive there, prompting the ANC-led state's orchestration of an horrific massacre of dissident mine-workers at Marikana in 2012. Until recently, however, leading trade unions have themselves been cribbed and confined within the tri-partite governing coalition of the ANC, the South African Communist Party and COSATU, the country's largest trade union central body. Now NUMSA -- the country's National Union of Metalworkers with over 340,000 members -- has begun to break that mould, under the leadership of its General Secretary, Irvin Jim, a longstanding socialist militant in the union. At its Special National Congress in December it heralded a new socialist political direction for South Africa.
7:00pm, Thursday March 6, 2014
Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto.
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