I often wondered who is the winner when the dust settles over an industrial strike action. Seldom the strikers as it will usually take years to make up for lost earnings while on strike.
However, I know of at least one industry where there is a clear winner and that is Pikit up the company that is contracted to household waste removal in Johannesburg. When there is a strike on and the "no work no pay" rule applies, they save on wages.
Also, as their trucks stay put they dont have to pay for fuel and operating costs. So their costs come down to just about zero, but we as householders are still billed for their services although it is not provided. So for the period of the strike Pik it Up must be showing record profits.
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