These strikes happening around South Africa at the moment, are they Justified?
It seems like as soon as one sector in the economy sets out to have an all out strike against their employers, the other sectors follow suit !
We have now read and witnessed the Striking with the miners, spreading to other mines throughout the country, ultimately bringing the South African economy under HUGE pressure with Millions of Rand being lost as each day goes by?
This in essence is a very big concern for all South Africans as when a particular sector in the economy strikes there is inevitably a ripple effect for every South African. Income is lost for all, prices start to increase and instability starts to set in.
Then the strikers seem to think that intimidation and violence is the order of the day for their plight because of working conditions and their salaries. But, and this is a BIG but.........do the strikers stop to think that their demands effect all that live in South Africa?? Once one sector in the economy succeeds in their demands, the other sectors follow and want the same or unrealistic increments in their wages.
The transport sector is now demanding this very thing of wanting more pay because they work hard? Who Does not work hard? We all work hard for our income, so do we all resort to striking because we want more??
What about everyone else in the economy ??? Don't they also deserve to get increases for their hard work? What about the poor old defenceless PENSIONERS who get mickey mouse increases, yet they are the ones that should be getting the increases more often and worth calling an increase ! NOT R50 or R70 on their monthly pensions. Did they not work HARD and for many years being loyal in this country to be entitled to good increases due to the cost of living today?
Strikes are in my personal opinion NOT justified at all !!Be grateful for having a job and for the money you do receive.
Is it not why there are UNIONS in place? To avoid STRIKES,INTIMIDATION and VIOLENCE in the streets. Let the unions take the demands to the employers, and when not met to all in concern to their satisfaction, negotiate amicably until both parties are satisfied without resorting to striking!
Unions should all be registered as non-profit organisations and then we will see how many illegal strikes actually will take place. After all it is all about money, now is it not?
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