Violence and the Law in the 1989 Railway Strike

Violence and the Law in the 1989 Railway Strike

The 1989/90 SATS strike is regarded as one of the most bitter and bloody disputes in South African labour history. It was also one of the most complex disputes, deserving of a thorough analysis. This paper is a chronological description of the dispute, making preliminary observations. It is written from the perspective of the legal advisor to the trade union and, therefore, both a lawyer and a participant.

 

Violence and the Law in the 1989 Railway Strike
Jonathan Joffe

Jonathan Joffe is a former Consultant at MAST, a Monitor Group Company.



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