Fighting Apartheid
The SACTU Solidarity Committee in Toronto

April 13, 2021
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 pm

In 1980, the South African Congress of Trade Unions requested the authors of its official history, Organize or Starve, to return to Canada to build anti-apartheid solidarity through SACTU within the Canadian trade union movement. The 1980s work of education, research and action took place in Toronto and indeed throughout the country and this session brings together original members of the SACTU Solidarity Committee to elaborate on Canadian workers’ contribution to the struggle.

Presenters: Jane Armstrong, Vince Greason, Ken Luckhardt, Ken Traynor.
Facilitator: Brenda Wall

Jane Armstrong: Twenty-five years as a Canadian Auto Workers (now UNIFOR) National Representative with the last ten years as National Communications Director, Jane was a member of the SACTU Solidarity Committee from its inception in 1980. Now retired from the job, but not the struggle.

Vince Greason: Popular educator, Vincent Greason worked for a popular education coalition in western Quebec and for the national popular education movement in Montreal. While in Toronto, Vince worked at the Metro Labour Education Centre and worked full-time at the SACTU Solidarity Committee (1985 – 1987).

Ken Luckhardt: Ken is a retired National Representative with the Canadian Auto Workers (now UNIFOR), a social justice activist, educator and author. He volunteered with SACTU in Tanzania, Zambia and England and co-authored “Organize…or Starve – the History of the South African Congress of Trade Unions”, published in England in 1980.

Ken Traynor: Ken travelled and worked in eastern and southern Africa from 1974 to 1981, first in Botswana and then in Zambia and Zimbabwe with the CUSO Liberation Support Program. He worked full-time for the SACTU Solidarity Committee until 1987, then with the Metro Labour Education Centre, Social Planning Council of Toronto, the Coalition Against Free Trade and Common Frontiers.

Brenda Wall: After a life-changing experience working directly for SACTU in Southern Africa and England in the late 70s, Brenda worked full-time for SACTU Solidarity Committee from 1980 – 1982 and then as a volunteer, while working for the Labour Council of Toronto and York Region. Later, she worked for CUPE, the CLC and OPSEU.
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Meeting ID: 813 7624 8700
Passcode: 703500

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