South Africa has given too much power to our trade unions to allow them to determine economic policy and stability. Whilst unions are a basic economic right and knowing the plight of the worker, Cosatu has taken their “role” too far. It is improper that a union be political connected as no true independence exists giving labour relations and economic growth and development a complicated environment to thrive in.
The power Cosatu has in steamrolling labour policies is detrimental to our economic growth; their role in the tripartite cannot be for a campaign boost of the ANC but needs to ensure the best possible labour system and economic growth mentality for South Africa. We cannot allow them to compromise the integrity of the various mechanisms for their petty politricks. Our education system is compromised due to Sadtu’s unsavoury involvement and other factors; labour in South Africa is a laughable matter and certainly no attraction for investment and non mechanization
Strike action is becoming a far too regular occurrence costing the economy millions each day, with such high unemployment one has to weigh labour conditions with social and economic standards. We cannot ignore the role our “labour protectors” played in the Marikana tragedy. With petrol attendants now joining the strike one must ask whether we can do without them, which I believe we can if our society was stable and the threat of violence and legal action doesn’t exist.
We cannot be held economically hostage by trade unions, whilst we need to protect each and every worker; we need to support growth and stability and thus cannot allow them to dictate terms because of their position in South African politics. Labour law
must protect the worker AND help cure unemployment whilst promoting efficiency. We need unions to protect worker rights, not to allow Sadtu to protect useless teachers from working, and not to protect inefficient and unaccountable staff. We need to set boundaries for Cosatu that allows them to fulfil their mandate and not to damage our economy. We need to stop striking and start corresponding in way that benefits all members of society equally.
In the end, it is up to our leaders to ensure that all sectors of society tow the line in building our economy and however politically connected and powerful. Cosatu has a greater role in our economy, a role that they are abusing causing many disruptions. We need Cosatu to be the voice of the people and not the voice of the modern day oppressor.
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