Corporate Dictatorship, ANC Obedience

2015-03-26 01:58

Today’s top business executives are like celebrities; they are the rock stars of capitalism and a cornerstone of public life. Unfortunately, we tend to think that their leadership bestows infallibility. We never account for the fact that they are humans like us. They may err, and they can be biased, and it is normal that they have weaknesses and desires that can possibly be malicious.

When will the exploitation of black workers end? When will the ANC stop protecting  big corporations because they give them the slice of the pie? So much for media freedom which protects these big companies because they buy advertising space. When will the Freedom Charter be truly applied so that the masses will benefit? The Freedom Charter states “All other industry and trade shall be controlled to assist the wellbeing of the people;”

Companies that helped shape apartheid enjoy the benefits of democracy today . Companies like Barclays, in 1977 the so-called Carlton conference took place, at which Botha summoned all the leaders of big business and asked them to help the regime to beat the international arms embargo imposed by the United Nations. Barclays bank pledged R90m to the apartheid army for its defence force bonds, the ever supporter of apartheid, The Citizen, praised Barclays.  That bank was an unrepentant supporter of apartheid, their financial help for apartheid delayed our liberation by at least a generation.

The government of Thabo Mbeki and Trevor Manuel blessed Barclays's move to secure a controlling stake in South African bank Absa!

It cuts no ice to say Barclays "disinvested" from South Africa during the sanctions campaign, because between 1972 and 1978 it lent $478m to Botha's regime during the years of "total onslaught", and also helped to arrange international loans of $725.4m for apartheid between 1982 and 1984.

Companies like Anglo American, which owned the newspaper, Rand Daily Mail, where DA leader Helen Zille resigned from along with editor Allister Sparks, after the paper's owner, Anglo American, demanded that Sparks tone down the paper's equal rights rhetoric.

Both these companies now the enjoy the benefits of democracy and protection from my beloved ANC.

Today, under the ANC, the Labour Act, which is being exploited daily by these powerful gold mining magnates and other big companies  to legally exploit  black workers for deep profit with the consent of the state.

Recently, MTN customer service staff members embarked on an illegal strike over bonus payments which are declared after the annual results are released. The company pays no bonus in December equivalent of 13th cheque but declares a “profit share’’ on the overall company performance.

The shock employees got when only 4% (of employees annual salary) was paid before tax, this bonus  was given different terms ranging from a share dividend, to a guaranteed level 1 and 2 bonus paid beside the company performance.

Target was missed by 2% and this meant employees would get no bonus. Shocked as board got their dividends totalling to millions. The employees tried to plead and reason with the company and were told this was non negotiable and matter closed.

This happened over a long standing frustration where workers especially call centre are not paid in full for Sunday , public holidays and their shift allowance. They are told Sunday is paid at a rate of 0.5 since they are 24/7 workers and took day off in the week , as such they are owing company time. Shift allowance is getting less and less and excuses range from systems to cut off dates and legislation that caps their travel allowance to NPE bracket as per Labour Minister. How so? Big corporate has been exploiting workers and enriching themselves. The core function of its business is being outsourced as a cost reduction exercise and retrenchment strategy where thousands of workers are going to be laid off, yet the telecom giant is one of the biggest in Africa. The regulations on labour brokering does not apply to corporates whose wallet can buy any regulator.

The issue was therefore taken over by Communication Workers Union, who according to the staff seem like they’re dragging their feet and not answering their calls all of a sudden. It makes one wonder why?

No union is recognised by MTN but staff have been filling out membership forms in hundreds, remember, the big white boss in every big corporate companies hates the Union. The Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) South Africa, which has members in MTN, has constantly accused MTN of deliberately using labour brokers to ensure that the union does not reach the legal unionisation threshold required for recognition by the company.

Now, you may wonder why is this not all over the media , but firstly let me say, Media Freedom ONLY applies when it suits media houses. When big corporates like MTN have such stories, they are shielded away from the public because they pay huge amounts for advertising space (don’t bite the hand that feeds you). Even if such stories make to the media, they’re decorated with fresh petals to look as if those complaining are dumb.

So this begs the question, why is the ruling party allowing such exploitation of workers, When the first strike happened at MTN in 2010/11 and Cryil Ramaphosa was a chairman, he said nothing when over 300 staff members were fired for fighting for what they deserve and all they ever wanted was to receive their monies, get employed permanent and receive a decent living wage. That story too never got coverage because…I need not got to details but one can conclude for themselves.

Government needs to force big companies to pay decent living salaries, this honeymoon of the ANC protecting large white companies needs to end, the same companies that want them out of government.

Black CEOs need to start acting and looking after their staff and stop acting like puppets. Being placed in CEO position shouldn’t make you less of a human because you know the struggles of black people well. But again these black CEOs are placed there to be the voice of the master, Obama was placed as President by those who wanted to use him, black CEOs are placed by a large white directorship of the company and they are being used to exploit black people and to speak foul against the ruling party. I do not for a second doubt their capabilities to be CEOs but, in the world we live in, they are placed there.

Let us go back to the Freedom Charter and apply it hard, those who want to leave must leave.

How is it that 21 years into democracy we still held ransom by the minority? How?

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