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amcu thumb medium80 81News24 reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) did not commemorate Workers' Day this year.  

Instead the union is campaigning for Workers' Day to be moved to a date that is "more emblematic" of SA’s working class struggle, namely the Marikana massacre on 16 August when in 2012 police opened fire on a crowd of striking miners at Marikana, leaving 34 mineworkers dead and 78 seriously injured.  "As a trade union we hold the Lonmin [Marikana] massacre in the same logical plane as the Soweto Uprising and the Sharpeville Massacres, just mention a few, which have managed to symbolise the youth and human rights struggles of our Country.  It is this symbolism that gives meaning and relevance, within context, to a public holiday for whatever purpose," Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said.  The day has been adapted to celebrate various struggles in different contexts in different countries, leading to different days chosen.  "This goes on to show therefore that there is no static symbolism attached to the 1 May date, which can overridden by peculiar circumstances that are definitive of a country's history, giving rationale to the choice of a specific date for the recognition and celebration of Workers' Day," Mathunjwa argued.

  • Read this report by Christina Pitt in full at News24
  • Read Amcu’s press statement in this regard at Amcu News

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