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The strike pandemic threatening to shatter SA’s fragile economy

27 September 2012, 14:54

Our Constitution allows workers to withhold their labour, but it does not allow them to resort to violence, destruction and criminal intimidation.

I would suggest that the Government introduce immediate Legislation to ban all mass gatherings related to strike action. The Government is very quick to legislate that no one may smoke closer than 50m to any building, a ban on all liquor advertising and making Municipal rulings that no homeowners may have more than two dogs, or that they may not exercise them in any public place if not on a leash.

How about some relevant legislation to protect our economy, stop foreign disinvestment, and actions that bring our mining industry to its knees.

Strikes must not be carried out in a way that generates destruction, anarchy and death, and results in the rule of uncontrolled mobs. It should be sorted out by peaceful, unemotional, clear and logical discussions around a table by Government, Employers and Labour Unions.

Strikers must be forbidden anywhere near their places of unemployment, and arrested immediately if gathering in any group larger than say 10 people. This will prevent any victimisation or threats to their management and employers not forming part of the strike.

They should preferably stay quietly at home, and watch developments on TV, or through news on local radio or newspapers.

Why should the rest of the public be intimidated and given death threats and exposed to undiscriminatory violence, when the strike has nothing to do with them. They should be allowed to go about their daily lives in peace and security.

Bringing in such legislation would not be against the Constitution in any way, and would stop the destructive influence and present rule by violent,  anger crazed, irresponsible and agitated mobs. It would also prevent them being stirred up by political opportunists, and those individuals only after political power and their own selfish interests.

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