Category Archives: Unemployed People’s Movement

UPM: Statement of Solidarity with Abahlali base Mjondolo

October 03, 2014

Press Statement from the Unemployed People’s Movement


Statement of Solidarity with Abahlali base Mjondolo


Abahlali base Mjondolo’s brief period of existence is similar to the history of the Black Consciousness Movement in this country, a history written in blood, pain and suffering. This week, Thuli Ndlovu, a leader in this movement, was assassinated.

Since its inception, the ruling party and the state have responded with violence to the democratic demands of this noble movement.

In 2006 they were forced out of their homes, charged with killings. They won the case. Continue reading

UPM: Election 2014: Our Position

Monday, 05 May 2014

Unemployed People’s Movement Press Statement


Election 2014: Our Position

The Unemployed People’s Movement (UPM) has endorsed the 'Sidikiwe! Vukani! Vote No!' campaign. We are calling on our members to refuse to vote for the ANC and vote for any of the small parties, but not the DA, or to spoil their votes if they cannot bring themselves to support any of the small parties.

We have received a number of calls from people wanting to know our stance on the decision by Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM) in Durban to offer a tactical vote to the DA in response to the serious repression that they have experienced from the ANC.

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Remembering Sharpeville Day in Grahamstown

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Press Statement for Immediate Release from the Masifunde Education and Development Project Trust Together with the Rural People’s Movement & the Unemployed People’s Movement


Remembering Sharpeville Day in Grahamstown


Date: 21 March 2014

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Venue: City Hall, Grahamstown

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Makana Municipality Bans another March

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Unemployed Peoples’ Movement Press Statement


Makana Municipality Bans another March

Municipalities around the country are banning marches and supressing the right to protest. The Makana Municipality in Grahamstown is one of the worst offenders.

The year before last they illegally banned one of our marches on the grounds that one of our comrades was on a list provided by intelligence of people who are not allowed to address public gatherings unless the riot police are present. We had to go to court to march and when we did march riot police came from all over the Eastern Cape to monitor our comrade.

Last year they illegally banned one of our marches on the spurious grounds that ‘they were dealing with the issues we were raising’. It is obvious that a Municipality can’t decide whether or not they are dealing with the issues that people want to raise in a protest. It is the people that should decide this.

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Landesweite Versammlung der Arbeitslosen

Es ist Zeit, der Krise der Massenarbeitslosigkeit etwas entgegen zu setzen. Unsere Würde ist nicht verhandelbar.

Die Bewegung der Arbeitslosen (UPM) wird vom 7. – 9. Dezember 2013 in Grahamstown eine Landesweite Versammlung der Arbeitslosen durchführen. Rund 400 Delegierte von kämpfenden Organisationen und Bewegungen aus dem ganzen Land werden an diesem event teilnehmen.

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