Strikes blamed for union-member drop

2013-10-20 11:35
Striking mineworkers - like these at Marikana - have cost the SA economy dear. (AP)

Striking mineworkers - like these at Marikana - have cost the SA economy dear. (AP)

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Johannesburg - Last year’s violent strikes are being blamed for the sharp decline in union memberships but unions say retrenchments are behind the problem, which has seen the country lose 334 377 union members in the past year.

According to the Sunday Independent, the department of labour says retrenchments are not the reason for the decline but rather worker dissatisfaction.

The departments says in its 2012/13 annual labour market bulletin that there has been an 11% drop in membership and stated that the Marikana strike was one example of workers having chosen lawyers over unions to represent them.

Last week, Legal Aid SA said it will need R17m to honour the recent court judgment ordering it to provide legal representation for the miners injured and arrested at Marikana.

The Marikana miners' strike was a wildcat strike that resulted in violent confrontations with police in which 44 people were killed.
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