A foment of industrial unrest and civil disobedience continues in South Africa.
LV PAN Double-decker bus on move in Cape Town.
LV Empty buses passing people thumbing for lifts. (3 SHOTS)
LV PAN Long queue outside Mannenberg railway station.
SV PAN FROM Truckload of people TO stationary cars and people waiting on pavement.
SV Children outside butcher's shop in Nyanga, Cape Town.
SV INTERIOR PAN Butcher inside shop empty apart from pile of chicken.
GVs & SVs EXTERIOR Clermont township, Durban. (2 SHOTS)
GV EXTERIOR Frame cotton factory (Consolidated Frame Cotton Corporation Ltd).
SV & CU PAN Queue of workers waiting to be re-employed. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: A foment of industrial unrest and civil disobedience continues in South Africa. In Cape Town, commuters backed a call from forty coloured community organisations to boycott bus services on Monday (2 June). The boycott followed fare increases of between thirty and one hundred percent. Also in Cape Town, a strike of black meat workers went into its third week on Sunday (1 June). Reports said it could escalate after two workers' leaders had been detained by Security Police a few days earlier. And six thousand textile workers at New Germany, near Durban, began returning to work. Management had announced they would receive a fifteen percent pay rise next month (July), and a further ten percent next January. Originally, about twelve hundred workers had walked off the job on May 22nd in protest at a management ultimatum on accepting an earlier wage offer.
SYNOPSIS: An empty double-decke??? bus moves through a Cape Town street. The City Tramways Company had received the approval of the National Transport Commission to bring in the fare rises. But the coloured organisations formed a Bus Action Committee, which decided on the one-day boycott as a protest that wages had not kept pace with the increased cost of living. Some commuters caught trains, others thumbed lifts from motorists.
In the suburb of Mannenberg, there was a constant flow of at least five hundred commuters shuffling towards the station ticket office throughout the day. Queues threaded along the station platform, down steps and along the pavement.
The action committees had organised alternative transport, such as this truck, Cars also collected people from central pick-up points.
There was no meat on sale at this butcher's shop in Nyanga, Cape Town. The Cape Butchers' Association, formed to cope with effects of the strike, said its members would have to stop selling red meat on Monday (2 June). During the previous week, butchers in African townships had been selling only chickens.
At Clermont township, near Durban, textile workers were resuming work. There had been stabbing and stoning incidents during the ten-day strike, and police had arrested seven people for illegal striking.
The Frame Group management in Durban claimed that some strikes had used intimidation and force to prevent others from working. At first, management refused to re-instate strikers. As well as their two pay rises, black workers were to be granted a pension scheme identical to one that white workers already have. The first pay increases were granted only to the several thousand workers who had stayed on the job. Production was not expected to return to normal for at least a week.