There have been violent scenes in Durban, where about 16,000 of the city's African and Asian municipal and industrial workers have been striking for more money.
GV Strikers march through streets with weapons (3 shots)
GV Strikers approach municipal buildings (2 shots)
GV Electricity building
GV Strikers gather outside
CU/TU Striker with t-shirt motif
GV Strikers milling around
SCU Striker about to be interviewed, then stopped by others
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Background: There have been violent scenes in Durban, where about 16,000 of the city's African and Asian municipal and industrial workers have been striking for more money.
On Tuesday (February 6), hundreds of chanting Africans marched through the streets of Durban wielding home-made clubs and spears. They staged noisy demonstrations outside municipal buildings in support of their claim for a GBP5 (US $13) a week rise.
Most of the strikers decided on Thursday (February 8) to end the strike after the Mayor of Durban, Mr. Ron Williams, threatened to sack everyone who had not returned to work by Friday (February 9).
The men, whose present wage averages about GBP6.50 (US $17) a week, had rejected an immediate 16 per cent pay rise announced by the city council.
SYNOPSIS: The pay strike by about sixteen thousand African and Asian workers in Durban produced many scenes like this in the city.
The men stopped work in support of their claim for a five pounds a week pay rise, although strikes are illegal in South Africa.
The announcement of an immediate fifteen per cent pay rise by the Durban City Council was rejected by the strikers, whose average wage is about six pounds fifty a week. The police intervened in several demonstrations and hundreds of Africans were arrested. There were reports of strikers using violence against Africans who kept working.
Others were stopped from speaking to reporters.