The question whether we should go on strike is not a debate but the problem is when we embark on such actions, are we deliberately infringing on other people’s rights to freedom, or are we earnestly seeking to find reasonable deliberations in our bargaining platforms or is it just the mayhem that we seem to be getting lately emanating from labour and political disputes. It is the individual’s prerogative to participate in any form of action as long as it does not impact negatively on other citizens.
The Human-Rights charter has given us freedom as citizens of South Africa to choose to partake in any industrial or political demonstration that seems to address the concerns of our organisations, but it is not right when my priorities have to be in favour of other person, disregarding basic human rights, we all have a voice in this country, no other person has the privilege above the other regardless of which political party you affiliate or associate with. It is our children prerogative to education, and the Dep of Edu should, including the Labour Parties (SADTU); COSATU and School Governing bodies to make sure that our actions are accountable and are within the boundaries of social adherence rather than invoke more conflicting situatiations.
The participating Political and Industrial Parties should refrain in abusing their rights, where indirectly the livelihoods of other people are inadvertently affected by such actions. Each party should have principles that guide the mandate of its constituencies in achieving its set goals. This past few weeks children had to abstain from school because there were no teachers and they had to roam around the streets, the effect of a day lost, can have a negative impact on a child; and this few days the South African economy had to lose Billions of Rands due to such negligent actions.
Each Party has the mandate to uphold its constitution in any industrial deliberation, whether it should be with the government or private sector, but let not our children or the whole society suffer such negative consequences and related incidences associated with strikes actions.
We all support our political and industrial parties, but let’s not overlook the impact of our grievances reverberating negatively on our socio-economic livelihoods, especially when it comes to the education of our children. Let the elect of our parties be the ones who negotiate on our behalf, since anyway their children and households are not directly affected, it is the poor and desolate that are always at the receiving end of this mayhem in this country.
The parties should strive to bargain freely within the powers and engage in positive attributes that would inadvertently reflect positively as the political image, and continue to mobilize its electorate in manners of goodwill and respect of all citizens irrespective of party affiliation.