There is something I have observed regarding the motivation of union Bosses and “leaders” world-wide. They are demagogues who get into a smug job and office, never go on strike and never get fired. They aggrandize power over decades to rule with fear over the workers they purport to represent, the employers with whom the workers get into a contract, the communities that depend on the services provided by the employer and worker and the Government officials who hope that the union bosses will mobilize voters for them at the next election.
The main motivation of the union Boss and “leader” is to have the largest union, intimidate industry and the communities and to luxuriate in the power handed to him by the Labour Relations Act! So such a person gets driven blatantly by narcissism, megalomania and greed to wreak his Machiavellian schemes to wantonly commit economic devastation and genocide on the rest of the Nation.
There is another curious fact about unions in the New South Africa: only employed people can be and remain members of the union. As soon as the person is unemployed, they cease to be members. Unions are not in the business of seeking jobs for the unemployed, nor do they set up Cooperatives and Businesses to employ people or make them entrepreneurs. Instead, they collect money form the employer and invest it incurious places for the purported benefit of the “members.” When these member cease being employed, they no longer can benefit from the investment schemes because they just don’t qualify!
Why is it that unions are allowed by the law of the New South Africa to strike and cause devastation of communities that host the mines, killing their joi de vivre, positivity about the future and instil fear, anxiety and frustration? It should not be possible for a union to strike continuously from 2011 through to 2014, regardless of the devastation caused in the industry, communities, environment and national economy.”
Is there in existence a union which runs a day-care clinic for the children of employees? Does any union have a medical aid scheme for its members? Has any union motivate for the building of decent schools and toilets in rural and even in urban areas? Is there a union which endeavours to have a win-win arrangement of Profit Sharing with the employer so that the workers, communities and environment can benefit? All I hear is unions promoting an attitude of, “We will strike, and make the place ungovernable until our demands are met.” What idiocy!
Well, the main enemy of the union is reported to be the greed and obstinacy of Big Business. What justification is there for a big mining company to ignore the plight of the community in which its employees reside? Clinics, schools, churches and community halls need to be built and maintained. The children of the workers must be supported through school until they complete at least grade 12. The aesthetics of the area must show that a great mining company is in the area, and appreciates the hospitality of the owners of the land.
When it comes to the remuneration of Chief Executive Officers world-wide, I cannot fathom why a person who is paid extremely handsomely for his leadership expertise should be given a bonus going into the millions! The bonus should be shared by ALL those who make production possible, and who contributed to profits accruing to the industry owner. That way, the lowliest worker will feel a part of the team, appreciated and affirmed, and will be more likely to desist from destroying the goose which lays the platinum egg.
My plea is that the Labour Relations Law must be re-visited to ensure that a win-win base is laid for the Government seeking a Better Life For All, the environment offering the minerals and land, the communities that inhabited the land for centuries, the worker who comes seeking a Better life for himself and his family and the Union which should exist to promote the personal growth of workers and their long-term socio- economic development.
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