Employees in the workplace are manipulated to belong to representative unions apparently to have someone that would negotiate for them at management level in a collective manner.
If however taken that each member contributes at least R 60 per month in respect of union membership fees, and taken that a union has 300 000 members, this financial membership fee extrapolates to R 18 million per month of R 216 million in one year.
One needs to look at what is done with this kind of revenue that the union is blessed with.
Looking at its management structures and the lifestyles of the management it is very evident where the biggest slice of the pie is going.
If taken that the General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers - Frans Baleni, basic salary as Secretary General of the Union amounts to R 77 000 per month with other benefits that makes his total package to be R 105 000 per month or R 1,26 million per annum. He also however earns a stipend as Board Member of the Development Bank in South Africa of R 400 000 per year.
Taken that he is but one of the management it is evident that millions of membership fees actually pay for the lavish and extravagant lifestyle that they live, while at grassroots, people are suffering.Prolonged strikes that is categorized as ‘no work no pay’ has no influence on the money that the unions management is earning. Very convenient I would say