1973 Durban Strikes

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The strikes – list of factories, demands, chronology

Date strike began

Factory

Demand

9 January 1973

Coronation Brick and Tile Factory

Increase in the minimum wage from R8.97 to R20.00 per week

10 January 1973

Transport Firm

 

12 January 1973

T. Beckett & Company

Demanded an increase of R3 per week

15 January 1973

J.H. Skitt & Company – Ships Painters & Cleaners

Increase of R0.30 per week

22 January 1973

Motorvia – Convoy Drivers

Workers wanted R40 a week

25 January 1973

Frametex Mill - Frametex Mills

Workers wanted R20 for men & R14 for women

25 January 1973

Frametex Mill - Saltex

Workers wanted R20 for men & R14 for women

25 January 1973

Frametex Mill - Nortex

Workers wanted an increase of R20 for men & R14 for women

25 January 1973

Frametex Mill - Natal Knitting Mills

Workers wanted R20 for men & R14 for women

29 January 1973

S. Pedlar & Company – mending & weaving

Increase of R10 per week

29 January 1973

Westbrook Estate – sugar cane workers

Wanted a basic wage of R15 per month

29 January 1973

Natal Canvas Rubber Manufacturer

Objected to wage deductions & wanted an immediate increase

29 January 1973

Consolidate Woolwashing & Processing Mill

Objections to firm’s pay increase

29 January 1973

Hume Ltd – pipe manufacturers

Rejected R0.90 per week increase

31 January 1973

Consolidated Textile Mills – textile mill

No clear demands – but wage increase related

31 January 1973

Afritex Mill – textile mill

Wage increase related

31 January 1973

Natal Chemical Products - Chemicals

Wage increase related

31 January 1973

United Oil and Cake Mills

Wage increase related

31 January 1973

Bakers Ltd.

Wage increase related

31 January 1973

Defy lndustries

Wage increase related

31 January 1973

Polycrate Pty. Ltd.

Wage increase related

31 January 1973

Glens Removal & Storage

Wage increase related

31 January 1973

Congella Erection Company

Wage increase related

31 January 1973

Cupercola Ltd

Wage increase related

31 January 1973

J. Wright & Sons

Wage increase related

31 January 1973

Tri-Ang Pedigree

Wage increase related

1 February 1973

Elgin Metal Products

Demanded higher wages

1 February 1973

Blaikie Johnstone

Wage increase related

1 February 1973

Falkirk Iron Company

Wage increase related – workers told to go home

1 February 1973

Hebox

Demanded an increase of R3 per week

2 February 1973

Rowen Ltd

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2 February 1973

Dunlop

Demanded higher wages

2 February 1973

Ropes & Matting

Wage increase related

2 February 1973

General Chemical Corporation

Wage increase related

2 February 1973

Crossley Carpets

Wage increase related

2 February 1973

Hart Limited

Wage increase related

2 February 1973

Phil Williams

Wage increase related

2 February 1973

Ensor Plastics Ltd

Wage increase related

2 February 1973

Airco Engineering Ltd

Wage increase related

2 February 1973

Consolidated Fine Spinners & Weavers

Wage increase related

2 February 1973

Natal Underwear Manufacturers

Wage increase related

2 February 1973

Pinetown Engineering Foundry

Wage increase related

2 February 1973

Madadeni Transport

Wage increase related

2 February 1973

Timbrick Model Homes

Wage increase related

5 February 1973

Grosvenor Court – Flat cleaners strike

Demand for higher wages

5 February 1973

Durban City Corporation

Demanded an immediate increase of R10 per week

5 February 1973

Main Tin Manufacturers

Demand for higher wages

5 February 1973

King George V Hospital

Wage grievances

5 February 1973

Chemical Corporation

Wage grievances

5 February 1973

Amalgamated Packing Industry

Wage grievances

5 February 1973

Simba Chips

Wage grievances

5 February 1973

Acme

Wage grievances

6 February 1973

Gelvenor Textiles Pty Ltd

Demanded an increase of R5 per week

6 February 1973

International Knitting Mill

Demanded an increase of R3 to R5 per week

6 February 1973

R. H. Morris Pty. Ltd.

Demand for higher wages

6 February 1973

Coca Cola Bottling Company

Demand for higher wages

7 February 1973

Glayzier Clothing

Demanded an increase of R4 per week

7 February 1973

Progress Clothing

Demand for higher wages

7 February 1973

Supreme Knitting

Demand for higher wages

7 February 1973

Neckelmann

Demanded more than R2 per week

7 February 1973

Durban Knitting

Demand for higher wages

7 February 1973

Linofra

Demand for higher wages

7 February 1973

Natal Thread

Demand for higher wages

7 February 1973

Rainbow Chicken Factory

Demand for higher wages

7 February 1973

Shield Overalls

Demand for higher wages

7 February 1973

Reindeer Products

Demand for higher wages

7 February 1973

Dano Mills

Demand for higher wages

7 February 1973

Clover Dairies

Demand for higher wages

7 February 1973

Durban Abbatoir: Durban Corporation & United Flying & Dressing Company

Demand for higher wages

8 February 1973

Good hope Pipe

Demand for higher wages

12 February 1973

Seven – T Construction Company Pty Ltd

Demanded an increase of R5 per week

12 February 1973

Stanger Municipal Workers Strike

Demanded an increase of R10 per week

27 February 1973

ZFP – Fruit & Vegetable Canners

Demanded a minimum increase of R5 per week

5 March 1973

Feltex Ltd

Demanded an immediate increase in wages

12 March 1973

Sappi

Demanded a minimum increase of R1 per hour

12 March 1973

Strachan Construction

Increase in hourly rate from R0.19 to R0.27

XXMarch 1973

Alex Carriers

Demanded an increase from R10 to R13 per week

XXMarch 1973

Trump Strike, Charlestown

 

Demand for higher wages

22 March 1973

Veka, Charlestown

Demand for higher wages

28 March 1973

Alusaf, Richards Bay

Demanded a minimum increase of R1  per hour

13 April 1973

Sugar Mill, Tongaat

Demanded an increase of R5 per week

16 April 1973

Tongaat Town Board

Demanded an increase of R1 

14 May 1973

Harvester Truck

Demand for higher wages

9 August 1973

Frame Textile Workers, Jacobs

Demanded an increase of R21 per week 

11 October 1973

Stellenbosch Farmers Winery, New Germany, Pinetown

Demanded an increase of R5 per week

28 November 1973

Durban Municipality, Busmen’s Strike

Colleague was threatened with sacking

 

Last updated : 04-Feb-2014

This article was produced for South African History Online on 04-Feb-2014