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The strike by AMCU strikes a nerve on the economy!

28 May 2014, 09:28
I vowed not to comment on the on-going strike in the platinum belt, but with recent developments, I just couldn’t help it. I found myself having to defend my views on the negative impacts of the strike when staunch supporters of this strike that has, and continues to rob thousands of jobs both directly and indirectly, kept trying to justify these demands that are tantamount to looting.

I have nothing against unions when their demands are justifiable and the approach constructive. In this case, the demands are unrealistic and the union keeps on paddling lies to the naïve employees that are oblivious to the facts.

It infuriates me when people that claim to be educated blindly support the strike that is clearly denting the country’s economy and taking away the few jobs created by the mining industry. They are just pure opportunists, looking for a quick buck while holding the country at ransom.

Although the impact of the strike is concentrated on the communities around the mining operations, the actual impact is spread across the country. Service providers to the mines affected by the strike have already been forced to close their companies and retrench thousands of people, a story that is not obvious to the majority. A friend of mine operating more than 200 km from the platinum belt has been forced to scale down his operation as a consequence of the strike, and people lost jobs. If the strike is not resolved anytime sooner, he will end up closing down for good.

Well, why would AMCU bother, these are not its members, or does the union actually care about its own members that have been without an income for months now, with some of them having lost their possessions?

Unfortunately, that’s not where that nightmare ends. With the economy having contracted by 0.6 percent, every citizen in this country, including tourists will be affected by the imminent recession. Thanks AMCU.

The question that I have for the leadership of this union is: where do you actual draw the line AMCU?
 Everyone on his right mind can see that the union is fighting a losing battle. And then you get people on the streets telling you that they don’t care, the investors may pack their bags and leave the country, they will run those mines and benefit the people. Pure hogwash. Can’t even run a union how can one run a mine?
I blame it all on this notion of self-entitlement that is paddled to our fellow citizens. Productivity in this country will continue to decline, as employees would rather go on strike than lift a pen.

It’s time to call it quits AMCU. The strike has achieved it’s objective now. It has dented the economy and robbed many of jobs and a reasonable livelihood. Your demands will never be met and you have been told so on many occasions.

Fight for something better like the skilling of the workforce. Oh! I forget the skilled don’t necessarily affiliate themselves with unions.
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