PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Johan du Pisanie
 
Comments: 10
Article views: 489
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Johan du Pisanie's badges.
 

Solution to farm worker strikes!

15 January 2013, 10:32

I think I might have a solution for the ongoing farm worker strikes.

These workers currently earn R70 a day and want that pay to more than double, to R150 a day. This is a bit steep, especially in current economic conditions and most farmers are not nearly able to pay these wages to all their workers.  So here is my idea: Adhere to the demands of your workers, but on the following terms.

Start by pairing up your workers two-two. Now tell them that you will double their wages but, seeing as there is only a limited amount of money available, you’ll have to half your staff. This means that from each pair of two workers, you are only going to keep one. They can decide for themselves who are staying and who will be out of work.

Now you have two groups of people. One group is extremely unhappy about the outcome while the other group is absolutely delighted with their increase. Handle the unhappy group first. Tell them that, although they are now out of work, they did succeed in accomplishing the ‘greater good’ by managing to get an increase for their friends. Also, point out that in a country with an unemployment rate at around 30%, they are probably going to waste their time looking for a job, but maybe (just maybe) Mr. Vavi can help them.

Now for the happy group. It is important that they understand that their pay just doubled. Unfortunately the amount of worked stayed the same and as the number of workers halved, they will now need to do twice as much work. I doubt that they will complain be seeing that they are earning double from what they earned before.

I seriously doubt whether my plan will work, but if it does, nobody will ever ‘demand’ a raise again!


Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
10 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Victor
SARS and local municipalities it ...

SARS and local municipalities it is now time to tax Churches. Read more...

40 comments 948 views
Submitted by
Response: Traditional initiation ...

As a proud citizen of the Western Cape, born and raised on the outskirts of Cape Town, I do not see the need to undergo initiation to become a man. Read more...

0 comments 181 views
Submitted by
Shaun Engel
Comedy on long

Ever wanted to be a comedian? Be on stage and make people laugh…well these guys do it for a living – If laughter is the best medicine after tonight I’m sorted for winter…flu for whaaaaat o_O Read more...

1 comments 24 views
Submitted by
Jaco Prinsloo
Everything converges in September...

There seems to be anticipation around the world that something big is going to happen in September this year. Read more...

16 comments 100 views
Submitted by
Jacques de Villiers
Initiation school on Table Mounta...

That sounds like a really wonderful idea. Even though the Xhosas were never traditionally in the Western Cape, the reality is that many of them are now and will forever be an integral part of it. Read more...

5 comments 763 views
Submitted by
Digital Soigneurs
5 Things to Consider about your L...

Dont assume that your current Linkedin Profile Picture is great...that ID looking pic is average at most...nothing to be proud about.. Read more...

0 comments 534 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.