Damage control?_ End of the Platinum industrial Action…where is redress of loss of capital in the Economy

2014-06-25 11:28

It is not a victory for all including the economy and the infrastructure, but it is a victory for mine workers and those who were behind the negotiations. For over five months there has been a lot of tension and threat to our economy and the rand as an entity. It has also been a threat to encourage the loss of foreign investors who are in fact investing for mineral resources in the Country.

Accordingto the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union leader Joseph Mathunjwa this has been a victory, of course I agree, but let’s now come together and reason on behalf of the loss of millions of Rands due to the industrial action that has plagued the mining industry in the past few months. In the study of Business Ethics and Labour Law there is something called Damage control. For as long as important aspects in relation to the mining industry are politicized, there can never ever be a damage Control. The divisions and factional battles in the tri-partite alliance has now been clearly seen when the ANC was put under pressure of being left behind when the signing of ending the deal happened on Tuesday 24 June 2014, whereby most of those who were involved in the negotiations like the new organisations such as EFF place themselves in front as heroes of this struggle for wage increase. My alleged claim of politicking in politicization of issues in the mine industry and unions can be proven when we saw the Advocate Dali Mpofu , who happens to be an EFF cadre proudly waving the three paper agreements which were signed as deals by the three Companies to end the deal, irrespective of the fact that he was the one who assisted AMCU in the negotiations.

Reading this article you will be well aware that I have one important point to which I summarize the main topic of this article, it is Criticism, criticisms are more than the praises and they are meant for us to see the other unseen part of the whole story of ending the platinum strike.

Criticisms- How are the mining companies in the mining sector whose workers were involved in this longest strike are willing to restore & improve their reputation and build interestingly good relationships with foreign investors?. For the damage has occurred and now the control in ensuring redress must also be implemented.

For what purpose are there slight differences in the agreements of the wage deal while they are all working in mine industry? And if the workers are to benefit from the percentage increments, what’s the solution to the five month period of no pay due to the no work no pay policy “meaning what are these workers going to supply and provide for their families, some mentioned food parcels and accommodation and transport but what about the families of these people and their welfare in terms of capital?”.

On the issue of restructuring, reshuffling and retrenchments which was proposed by AMCU, -isn’t it obvious that avoiding to talk about it and not mentioning it in the agreements is a hint that actually it can cause more greater chaos later?

Of course one can ask me who these questions are directed to, but unfortunately these questions they are rhetorical and do not need an opinion but they are indeed boiling and some of them they are of greater concern to the future of the State.

What’s your take on the statement by AMCU president that this deal for ending the strike is a victory and if is indeed Victory, who is it for?

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