Workers Day – May 1st

The Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) called for a May Day strike in 1950 to protest against the suppression of Communism Act.  18 people died across Soweto due to police violence.

In 1985 the South African labour federation Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) was formed and demanded that May Day be recognised as a public holiday, Workers’ Day, and called for a stay-away. The majority of South Africa’s workers declared the day a public holiday and stayed away from work.

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