Deal with strike

2010-09-04 14:45

It is devastating to see that government is failing to meet the public servants’ demands for a wage ­increase.

The strike has been going on for three weeks. This is affecting our economy and the country’s credibility.

Look at the effect that the strike has had on the country, yet the government is not willing to meet their ­demands.

There isn’t that much ­difference between what they want and what they are being offered.
 
Striking

workers are demanding a salary increase of 8.6% as well as a R1?000

housing allowance, meanwhile government is offering 7.6% and a R800

housing allowance.

Yet just take a look at what ministers and

the rest of Cabinet are earning per month – including benefits. It is

totally ridiculous.

Some of these ministers are totally

incompetent but they earn more than the people who are actually the

driving force of the country’s economy.
 
What we are also

ignoring is the fact that these ­workers are educated and some are more

qualified than the ministers, but they still earn significantly less.

What

also needs to be taken into consideration is that if the unions and

their members accept the offer, we will witness the same situation next

year and even the year after that.

Why doesn’t government give the workers what they are demanding to avoid ­further strikes?

Next year the strike may intensify or we may see ­other public servants ­joining the strike.

If those in charge were in the strikers’ shoes I bet they would also strike.

I call on government to look at the workers’ ­demands and see what they can do to try reach a ­consensus.

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