chapter  8
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From Durban to Soweto

In that the grievances of the African working class in Durban were not peculiar to Durban, it was inherently unlikely that the strikes would remain confined to Durban. In fact, they rapidly began spreading to other parts of the country. At the same time, no wave of strikes as intense and concerted as the Durban strikes took place for another three years. One reason for this has already been noted. The Durban strikes put pressure on employers throughout the country and prompted a general tendency for the wages of African workers to be increased more rapidly than before. In this sense the Durban strikes took the entire African working class forward and alleviated its immediate necessity to struggle.