A strike by blacks in the South African township of Soweto has forced many white workers into unaccustomed labour.
SV White men tending machines in factory (4 shots)
SV & CU Black men working in factory (2 shots)
GV & SV Eggs along conveyor belt being checked and handled by whites with few black workers (4 shots)
SV Black women packing eggs
SV White men and women checking and packing eggs (3 shots)
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Background: A strike by blacks in the South African township of Soweto has forced many white workers into unaccustomed labour.
SYNOPSIS: White workers in factories in Johannesburg have had to take over tasks normally performed by black workers. About 80 per cent of black workers from Soweto had obeyed a call by black leaders to stay away from work on the first day of the planned three day strike.
About a quarter of a million workers travel from Soweto to work in Johannesburg daily, and between 150 to 200 thousand are estimated to have stayed away on Monday (23 August). Johannesburg companies said the number not reporting for work the following day was about 20 per cent lower than Monday.
The strike followed two months of anti-government rioting and demonstration in the African townships, in which about 250 people have died.