Biko day is almost unheeded by workers

Tuesday, 12 September 1989

Biko day is almost unheeded by workers

Workers almost did not heed a stay away called by the national workers' federation, Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). COSATU, in conjunction with the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM), the Pan Africanist Movement (PAM) and National Council of Trade Unions (NACTU) called for a stay-away, or what they called "national protest action" as a way of commemorating the death of Steve Biko , leader of the BCM, who was killed by the police while in police custody in 1977.

The stay-away was almost unheeded because of disagreements about whether to call a stayaway or demonstrations, or whether there was actually agreement that a stayaway should be called for the 12 of September. Despite this confusion stayaways were reported in some parts of the country like Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth .

References:
• Moodley, C. (1989). " Biko Day stayaway is almost unheeded", Weekly Mail : Vol 4, No 36.

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This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011