In South Africa, tension is building up in anticipation of widespread protest, including industrial action, on June 16, the anniversary of the outbreak of the Soweto riots.
GV Empty buses being driven at depot in Manvenburg, Capetown
GV Line of stationary buses
GV INTERIOR Striking meat workers attending meeting
SV & CU Striking workers wearing "Don't eat Red Meat" badge (2 shots)
GV INTERIOR Workers voting
GV Officials on platform leading workers in singing freedom songs (3 shots)
GV Advertising poster "Meat makes a Man"
GV INTERIOR Butcher's shop in Capetown with chickens on display (2 shots)
GV Eggs on display and being served in butcher's shop (3 shots)
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Background: In South Africa, tension is building up in anticipation of widespread protest, including industrial action, on June 16, the anniversary of the outbreak of the Soweto riots. Minister of Police, Louis le Grange, has issued a stern warning to anyone who tries to prevent anyone going to work on the anniversary.
SYNOPSIS: Capetown is already in the grip of a massive boycott of the city's buses. The boycott which has been under way for more than a week was called for by community organisations in response to huge fare increases. Protesting commuters are instead packing overcrowded trains, taxis and private vehicles.
As buses remain idle at depots around the city hundreds are hitching rides to work.
To make matters worse meat workers have voted to go on strike.
About 500 walked off the job in support of fellow workers at Table Bay Cold Storage who say they're being denied the right to have a worker's committee of their own choice. Fifty-two have been detained by the Cape authorities. The Western Province General Workers Union says its members are not prepared to accept what they believe is a government committee foisted on them by management. At large union rallies, it's asking for support from workers in other sectors.
As a result, despite the advertising, meat is quickly disappearing from Capetown.
Butchers have been asked to support the meat workers and many have already decided to abandon selling red meat. In its place they're offering poultry.
The union call for the public to boycott red meat appears to be making its mark. But cheers still stocking lamb and beef reported that sales had dropped by 40 percent and were concerned that the situation would become worse.