• Short Summary

    Hundreds of non-whites clerks employed by South Africa's two biggest commercial banks on Wednesday (September 1) moved up to new salary scales giving them the same pay as white workers doing the same job.

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    Hundreds of non-whites clerks employed by South Africa's two biggest commercial banks on Wednesday (September 1) moved up to new salary scales giving them the same pay as white workers doing the same job.

    The news scales introduced by Barclays Bank and the Standard Bank were immediately hailed by non-white political and union leaders as a break-through in the long campaign to break down unequal racially-based pay structures.

    In political circles on Wednesday the Banks' decision was seen as giving an important lead to other white-controlled businesses and enterprises - and more significantly to the Government itself.

    For the Government has been resisting pressure for a fairer levelling-out of pay scales between its white and non-white workers - particularly skilled employees such as doctors or teachers whose salaries are generally below those of white with equal, or even inferior, qualifications.

    SYNOPSIS: Hundreds of non-white clerks employed by South Africa's two biggest commercial banks, on Wednesday moved up to new salary scales giving them the same pay as white workers doing the same jobs. The new scales introduced by Barclays Bank and the Standard Bank were immediately hailed by non-white political and union leaders as a breakthrough in the long campaign to break down unequal racially-based pay structures.

    From September first, non-white workers were able to earn up to 400 Rands (233.30 Sterling) per month - the salary for a sub-accountant. Previously, non-white scales were generally lower - though not significantly so.

    About 400 non-whites, most of them Indians or coloured, that is of mixed race, will be affected by the new pay scales transcending racial barriers.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAER8ORN8F9AZQSYN29ZBOUF5FX
    Media URN:
    VLVAER8ORN8F9AZQSYN29ZBOUF5FX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/09/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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