The plight of the worker stressed

2019-05-02 06:01

Yesterday (Wednesday) many working South Africans took a day off to celebrate Workers’ Day (1 May).

The day is celebrated worldwide, mostly to draw attention to the crucial role played by trade unions, the Communist Internationale and other labour movements that wage the struggle of workers, stressing it as an international struggle.

In South Africa, the struggle against apartheid was a vital part of workers’ struggle.

While the day is a good gesture for those waking up every day to go to work, there are millions of South Africans who are unemployed.

It has been a growing thread, with statistics showing a grim picture about the employment rates in the country and an economy that is challenging at best.

It begs the question of how South Africa could take a leap forward in trying to address these problems before they are beyond repair, if it’s not currently out of control.

It would be useful, also, to explore the historical origins of workers, who exist since the development of agriculture, about 10 000 years ago.

Serfs, slaves, tradespeople and others were forced to turn the fruits of their labour to an exploitative over-class. But the modern working class, whose exploitation is hidden in the wage system, is only 200 years old.

Men, women and children were forced to work long hours in miserable conditions just to eke out a living.

Fast forwarding to today, every day one travels to or from a town, mainly men are seen lining up along the road looking for any good Samaritan that can offer them a piecemeal job for the day, so they can put something on the table for their families.

This sight has been normalised, even though this is far from the case, and indicates where South Africa is as a country.

Political pundits and commentators say this will have to change pretty soon if the country wishes to see any dent in high rates of crime.

When a human being goes hungry a lot goes through that person.

He or she may try the easiest way out, which may entail committing a crime, and possibly getting caught and landing up in jail.

I am in no way trying to justify criminality, but am attempting to show the dire effects of unemployment has on different individuals.

No matter how we look at , it will always be crime!

But as a country we still need to do more, so we avert such social ills spiral out of control.

From an early age, the government of the day should ensure education is prioritised and everyone has access to it, and should not be the preserve of just a privileged few.

This will give a pool of people an opportunity to look at life in a different way.

Education is designed to empower one’s mind, and also to provide tools to face the ever changing world.

I know one will say we have graduates that are unemployed, true, that is a sad reality, but I still believe it is better to have education than not to have it.

It is also for an individual to make things happen for themselves if formal employment is hard to get.

Lets strive for a better education for all, so we level the playing field to any youngster who may want to be something in life.

In reality we can’t all be good citizens, but everyone has the ability to be a good person.


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