South African Workers Occupy Abandoned Factory

A first in South Africa


The workers of Mine Line and Tap Engineering – a factory making metal products like valves for mining – located near Johannesburg, are fighting back against a corrupt owner who looted the factory on the way to an opportunistic bankruptcy (sound familiar?)


They are determined to get the plant back into production under worker control. They have some powerful allies – a couple of unions and a new political grouping to the left of the ANC.


A new (4 minute) video has emerged from this brand new struggle, produced by Workers World Media, a video group that does work on labor issues in South Africa.

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