“Why Workers Should Fight GEAR”: WSF meeting, Cape Town, 10 April 1998

Below:  poster for a meeting by the Workers Solidarity Federation (WSF) for Cape Town, 10 April 1998, meeting on , “Why Workers Should Fight GEAR.” The WSF was largely based in Durban and Johannesburg, but had some Cape Town connections; it was in Cape Town, unsurprisingly, that the translation of WSF materials into Afrikaans took place. GEAR was (and is) the South African state’s highly controversial, neo-liberal, macro-economic framework. It was (and is) widely derided in trade unions. This particular meeting was reportedly not, however, a success.

wsf ct 10 April 1998


About Lucien van der Walt

I teach at Rhodes University, the Eastern Cape. I’m 10th generation South African, born and bred. I have long been involved in union education, and have a background in social movement and left-wing activism, the Workers’ Library and Museum, the Anti-Privatisation Forum, and the National Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU). I’ve presented or published 450+ papers, including conferences and workshops, co-edited 4 journal specials (on global and African labour history, and the left), and produced five books. Southern Africa editor for the 2009 'International Encyclopaedia of Revolution and Protest' (Blackwell). I won the 2008 international ‘Labor History’ PhD thesis prize, and the 2008/2009 Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) award for best African dissertation, for my thesis on South African anarchism, syndicalism and black militants. I have also done research in Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.