Today, in a gratuitous display of gloating, I shall do the MC Hammer Can't Touch This dance of glee, at the news that Anglo Platinum is to retrench 7,000 workers.
A year or more ago, there was great strife in the platinum basin, as the upstart AMCU moved in, taking over from NUM as the predominant union, and promising to sort out the evil capitalist mine owners, once and for all.
The short-sighted workers thought they had it made when, on 18 September 2012, they received the R12,500 monthly wage they had demanded.
I bet they were in raptures when AMCU signed new recognition agreements, ending NUM's authority on the mines, and installing King Mathunjwa.
And now the chickens have come home to roost. R12,500 was never ever, not in a million years, a sustainable wage for men who break up and move rock, a task that carries no responsibility whatsoever. Lonmin, Impala and Amplats warned us much.
Initial projections suggested that 6,000 workers would be laid off, following the September agreement. Government and the unions bleated like a bunch of distressed sheep that the companies affected should seek alternatives.
The firms have now done their homework, and the alternative is out... not 6,000, but 7,000 will join the ranks of the jobless. The serious side of me is saddened that so many men lose their wage. That 40,000 dependants no longer have an income. That a great wodge of income tax normally accruing to the fiscus, is now gone. That many of those affected will turn to crime.
I wonder if the good folks from AMCU, who have precipitated this crisis, and the workers who will continue to work for their huge salaries, will be helping their unemployed brethren out? I guess the answer is no.
Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.