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Amplats fires 12 000 as strikes escalate

2012-10-05 16:17

Johannesburg - The world’s largest platinum producer, Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] (Amplats), fired 12 000 workers taking part in a three-week illegal strike on Friday, following through on tough talk over wildcat stoppages at mines countrywide.

Two months of labour unrest has spread from mines to other parts of the economy, causing political problems for President Jacob Zuma and his ruling African National Congress (ANC).

Shell said on Friday it could not honour fuel delivery contracts around Johannesburg because of a two-week truckers’ strike.

Police shot dead another striking miner overnight, taking the death toll to 48 in the worst labour unrest since the end of apartheid. 

The rand fell 2% to within sight of a three-year low against the dollar amid fears the (ANC) is powerless to manage the spreading labour unrest.

Zuma has been criticised for his low-key response, especially after police killed 34 strikers at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine on August 16.

In a speech to business leaders late on Thursday he put a positive spin on the situation, stressing that since the end of white-minority rule South Africans have shown “the capacity to overcome difficulties when we work together”.

“We should not seek to portray ourselves as a nation that is perpetually fighting,” he said.

However, with an ANC leadership run-off looming in December, Nelson Mandela’s 100-year-old liberation movement is preoccupied with its own divisions and Zuma is unlikely to take any action to stabilise the economy that could upset his political allies in the unions.

“In the build-up to the election, the government is unlikely to come out with any clear policy directives,” said Simon Freemantle, an analyst at Standard Bank in Johannesburg. 

Reflecting such concerns, Moody’s cut South Africa’s credit rating last week, and the intensifying strikes in the mining sector and elsewhere are raising very real fears of a big hit to already sluggish economic growth for this year.

Finance Minister Pravi Gordhan has already said he will have to cut his 2.7% growth forecast for 2012 when he delivers an interim budget on October 24.

Miner shot

More than 75 000 miners, or 15% of the workforce in a sector that accounts for 6% of output, have been out on unofficial strikes and tensions with security forces and mining bosses are running high.

Near the “platinum belt” city of Rustenburg, 120km northwest of Johannesburg, workers said a miner was killed by a rubber bullet fired by police overnight.

“He was shot here by the police,” Mbubhu Lolo, a striker from Amplats told Reuters, pointing to his midriff.

Police would not confirm the cause of the death, although the ground nearby was strewn with spent rubber-bullet shell casings and teargas canisters after clashes involving water cannon the previous evening.

On Friday, protesters in a shanty town near the Amplats mine barricaded streets with rocks and burning tyres, watched by a contingent of more than 30 riot police backed by armoured vehicles.

Earlier in the week, strikers torched an Amplats training centre and two conveyor belts, making it harder to restart operations when it does manage to resolve the standoff.

AngloGold Ashanti, South Africa’s biggest bullion producer, has lost virtually all local production due to wildcat strikes, while rivals Gold Fields and Harmony Gold  have also taken a hit.

Around 300 strikers at Kumba Iron Ore have also blockaded the company’s giant Sishen iron ore mine in the remote Northern Cape province.

Force majeure

The mining sector unrest has shaken investor confidence, and signs of it spreading into manufacturing - which accounts for 15% of output - and an expanding truckers’ strike have caused even more alarm.

“There is fuel available across the country, so the issue is not fuel supply, but the challenge is delivering it safely to our retail sites,” oil giant Shell said after invoking a “force majeure” clause that allows it to break contracts due to situations beyond its control.

Other petrol companies are holding their breath, especially around the commercial hub of Johannesburg, but have not yet followed Shell’s move.

Raising the stakes in its two-week stoppage by 20 000 truckers, the Satawu transport union said it wanted co-workers on South Africa’s railways and ports to strike next week, a development that would affect coal and other mineral shipments.

Coal output from one of the world’s biggest suppliers has so far been unaffected but any disruption could hit power utility Eskom, which is already struggling to prevent a repeat of a 2008 power crisis when the grid nearly collapsed. Some 85% of South Africa’s electricity is generated by coal-fired plants.

Many supermarkets and logistics firms are running on back-up plans because of the truckers’ strike. US car giant General Motors said production at its Port Elizabeth plant on the south coast has been affected.

Toyota suffered a four-day wildcat outage at its Durban plant, although workers returned on Friday after securing a 5.4% pay rise.

“As far as I know, the guys have been pitching up for work and production has restarted,” Toyota SA spokesperson Leo Kok said.


 

Comments
  • kim.buren - 2012-10-05 16:25

    Population explosion come July

      mosimane.letlalo - 2012-10-05 16:40

      Zuma is clueless...

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-05 16:44

      And still the masses will vote ANC. What on earth are we to do to swing the pendulum??

      fred.warren.986 - 2012-10-05 17:45

      Hahaha...stupid miners. Not only did they not get their R12,500 pay but they also lost their jobs. They were just cannon fodder for the union bosses who will go back to their comfortable homes this weekend and smoke cigars and drink expensive whiskeys. This while the fired miners crawl back down the sh*ithole they came from.

      jack.blacking.56 - 2012-10-05 17:52

      @fred.warren..."crawl back down the sh*ithole they came from" dude really you sound like a spoilt brat. Everyone has the right to voice their opinion; the miners on the other hand have taken it way too far!!! Their asking price is just not realistic, this is University graduate territory, that being said, brace yourselves for what is about to come, there are now 12 000 extra unemployed people looking to feed their bellies, crime will be on the rise and I hope you Fred are prepared, because you’re really asking for it.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-05 21:09

      Crime spree come December

      willem.vanrensburg.562 - 2012-10-06 13:22

      “We should not seek to portray ourselves as a nation that is perpetually fighting,” IT'S A BIT LATE FOR THAT DONT YOU THINK ...??????

      KevvyW - 2012-10-06 13:48

      Some people think because htey have been fortunate to grow up in a racist SA, and got a job and a farm from their grannies they cn stand in these people's shoes and say...good decisions......Growing up with a spoon in ur mounts does not make you better..Or not "Fat up living from day to day". I hope they regret this decision for the rest of their business days...For they have stolen enough already....I am like you cn read....should I say """"Upset"""....

  • Willie - 2012-10-05 16:26

    Laws need to be respected,agreements to be honoured,rules to be followed.If labour laws are a pain for workers they need to lobby the goverment to amend the law. As of now no law was amended so therefore Amplats is correct by firing them.YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS

      UNITY - 2012-10-05 17:04

      Illegal strikes must not be tolerated!weigh it up which way u want , unions , ANC and politics have played the minds of the labour in the country. We asked for investment , now it looks like politics wants to own it, not only are ruining stability, but our country will be brought on its knees. Its clear the ANC wants to chase foreign investment and own the mines, or give it to comrades. Workers are the gullable and will pay the price. Lawlessness cannot remain, government caanot pretend the are neutral!!!

  • osmaseko - 2012-10-05 16:27

    South Africa prepare yourself, there's going to be more deaths thanks to Zuma's Leadership and greedy capitalists...I promise you these workers will kill anyone who goes there to work..This is my opinion. I don't condone violent strikes nor do I condone the solution that this mine is taking. How I wish President Thabo Mbeki was still our leader.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-05 16:53

      Wishing after the fact will not help us at all - Mbeki was forced out by his own people - Zuma will be forced out by his own people, Mothlante will be forced out by his own people, the next one too. This is the legacy of the ANC, not a single leader of the ANC...

      george.slade.161 - 2012-10-05 16:58

      Dont u mean de Klerk ??

      ndlovuvincent - 2012-10-05 16:59

      U need to be corrected here.Zuma does not own that mine and he cannot dictate how much these employees should be paid.U may hate Zooma but do not unfairly use his name.On the part of the capitalists,do u know what is a capitalist or u hear communists using that word when attacking private sector employers? Sometimes I will b wasting my time talking to u,the only thing that u need to do is to go to the library and look for a book to give true meaning of the words u have just used and after that we will talk.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-05 17:05

      Vincent, you are hitting hard with an educated stick my friend. How do we swing the minds of uneducated people (whom I firmly believe are deliberately being kept uneducated by our government)

      osmaseko - 2012-10-05 17:29

      Vincent re-read my comment. I said Zuma's leadership, this means his administration and his affiliation to the alliance. He has indirect influence through Oliphant in these negotiations. He also has influence through Cosatu and Num. Dont tell me you were not aware of this. My i guess you can find this information at the library.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-05 17:40

      come now girls - stop the insults - I think both of you agree on the issue - we are sitting with a huge mess!!!!

      don.frost.581 - 2012-10-05 18:07

      Verwoed?

      Cameron - 2012-10-05 19:06

      So basically what you are saying is that from now on, all bosses must do what strikers say or else?!?! BULL!

      osmaseko - 2012-10-05 19:22

      @Watkykj read my thread again apply your my mind but don't tale long as Zoooomer does....then I will engage with you.

  • lownabester - 2012-10-05 16:27

    Good on them, plenty people without a job that can take over.

  • michael.mothapi - 2012-10-05 16:29

    If that is true...then all hell will break loose and we can't afford that as South Africans. I hope they find a better solution.

      sk.vanderwhatever - 2012-10-05 16:53

      Just about 2km from those mines and wish I can get out of the area asap.

      Cameron - 2012-10-05 19:06

      So basically what you are saying is that from now on, all bosses must do what strikers say or else?!?! BULL!

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-05 16:29

    December can not come fast enough as the country is without a leader.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-05 16:31

    At last a company with a bit of commons sense and backbone!

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-05 16:31

    What a fine mess in the country, ANC and their retarded alliances are making themselves ungovernable.

      ndlovuvincent - 2012-10-05 16:40

      This strike has nothing to do with the ANC and the alliance.As much as we hate them,let us try not to link them with anything that has got nothing to do with them.Remember the hearts of their disgrantled supporters have to won and we must must be fair in judging them.Yes they are failing but the mine does not belong to either of them.

      chris.mafunisa - 2012-10-05 16:52

      Ndlovu please Go read the Story... It seemz U just Paved your way 2 the Comments box,,,

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-05 16:58

      Thank you for some sense Chris!

      warren.rodel - 2012-10-05 17:15

      remember this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbna9i30yF0

      acm.munro - 2012-10-05 19:32

      These miners are unsophistecated, they will not read newspapers or follow financial news - other forces definitely played a part enciting the miners to strike. There is no way that thousands of miners will suddenly wake up one morning deciding to strike, not after having had regular annual increases above the inflation level.

  • gerald.king.589 - 2012-10-05 16:33

    Striking? Strike BACK.

      warren.rodel - 2012-10-05 17:08

      YeeeaaH!

  • ndlovuvincent - 2012-10-05 16:35

    I feel sorry for the dependants and those strikers who were forced to show solidarity but this must be good news for the day.All along we have been flooded with Nkandla compound,at least something interesting.Well done Amplats,just wish our govt can have strong backbone like u guys.

  • john.bhekimuzi - 2012-10-05 16:35

    This is sad day for South Africa! 12000 of our countrymen have lost their jobs! imagine how many families are going to sleep without an income tonigth just because the husband demanded a worthy salary! a sad day for social justice a dark day for the republic.

      Peter - 2012-10-05 16:36

      Smash the unions!

      john.bhekimuzi - 2012-10-05 16:46

      Peter why? The unions are made to protect you and me from being abused and defending our rigths

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-10-05 16:48

      You make your bed you lie in it. There are established structures in place to negotiate. Dont forget all these workers have signed contracts. The sad thing is that these people have allowed themselves to be used as political puppets by people more concerned about their own personal power trips

      acm.munro - 2012-10-05 16:55

      They knew the score (conditions and wages) when they accepted the job, and it is on record that they have been getting wage increases above the inflation level, so the only reason they have been striking is because people (with no doubt safe jobs), incited them to do so.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-05 17:01

      John, this is why it is of utmost importance that our government stop screwing around with non-delivery of textbooks to school children and get them educated. Once a person is properly educated, a whole new world of negotiation, compromise and bilaterals open up. That is the day when people put down their knobkieries, their spears and sticks and start talking a civilized talk.

      john.bhekimuzi - 2012-10-05 17:07

      I am just trying to say let us not act like some cold people who dont want their fellow countrymen to have a decent salary ( which the mine salary is not!) this will only mean more support to the ANC since they will claim to be defender of the poor, when we all know they are not! and I dont think many of you will ever accept those kind of salaries, its so easy to talk when its not your life!

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-05 17:12

      John, we hear you and we also feel for families who are now going to be without income. I certainly do, but this is not the way to do it. And I will bring in the fact that our ruling government have been so busy enriching themselves and their buddies, they never took the time of day for any of its own people. And my friend, again I say, the government is kept in power by most uneducated people whom they can bs as much as possible. I lay this at the table of the ANC - they are incapable of running this country!

      Cameron - 2012-10-05 19:07

      So basically what you are saying is that from now on, all bosses must do what strikers say or else?!?! BULL!

  • gavin786 - 2012-10-05 16:44

    EXCELLENT!! About time someone showed some f%$*ing BALLS!

      gaius.longinus.9 - 2012-10-05 17:08

      The big boys will only take so much, then they will ruin you. Did these idiot mineworkers think they were in charge?

  • tshepo.ally - 2012-10-05 16:50

    I have to agree with Mosimane.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-05 16:52

    Oh wait this is all part of Zuma's strategy for re-election at Manguang. He will put out some rabbit out of the hat? and suddenly be their saviour. He is as wily as a fox.

  • Ntambolicous - 2012-10-05 16:52

    This action by amplats might just make marikana look like a sunday picnic as violence escalates. Let's see how the miners will respond my guess is this the start of chapter two mark my words

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-10-05 16:53

    Good. They need to break the back of this strike.

  • fakazikagiso.ndlovu - 2012-10-05 16:54

    Please can commentators avoid making this a race or class issue and focus on the economic and labour items for fair discussion. R12500 or R18500 was unreasonable as a salary and would have caused widespread inflation that would have hit the poor the hardest and the strike was illegal from the very beginning. The miners should have been fired weeks ago. Management had been reasonable enough all along.

  • Boitu.m - 2012-10-05 16:56

    Bad day se voet... That's what happens when you bite the hand that feeds you. I commend Amplats for this decision. Good going and good riddance! Now 12000 odd people who actually NEED those jobs can get them.

  • johan.wolfaardt.92 - 2012-10-05 16:59

    i certainly commend anglo on their actions ... implats was the first in feb/mar to accomnodate lawless behaviour ... just without the fanfare of lonmin ... having said that, lonmin should NEVER, EVER, EVER have given in to these demands outside the recognition agreements in place ... perhaps anglo should nominate our next president ... just a thought, hey ...

  • joe.mangena.1 - 2012-10-05 17:03

    All these are happening under Zuma admin

  • gaius.longinus.9 - 2012-10-05 17:06

    Apartheid se skuld..........

      rudolf.liebenberg.98 - 2012-10-06 08:03

      Haha!

  • jola.jose.7 - 2012-10-05 17:07

    I wonder num was not involve in that decision to fires the workers since workers lost confidence on the leadership of cosatu and num

  • jay.ramodiana - 2012-10-05 17:14

    Some are happy but remember Impala fired 17 200 but in the end took them back this is just a threat. Impala fired 17 200 workers took them back and give them a fat increase that's why you see Impala is not on strike. Believe me Anglo is gonna take them back let's wait and see

  • munro.pretorius - 2012-10-05 17:14

    This is not over. Next they will destroy every thing just to get their job's back.

  • beki.khumalo - 2012-10-05 17:17

    12 000 miners fired! This will NOT end well, now Zuma is in real trouble. Cosatu will take him down fast. It all works out doesn't it! Woza Mangaung!!!

  • fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-10-05 17:20

    Go for it Amplats - Mechanization within weeks - higher outpu, lowercosts, and automated drilling machines, as used elsewhere in the world, only strike if the are broken

  • siphiwo.maurice - 2012-10-05 17:23

    Sad to learn this. Already, unemployment in this country, is high and now with such a number joining the ranks of unemployed? This, could lead to crime shooting up and more tense will be the situation. May we appeal to the current order, to intervene in the sake of the country not individuals now. I still believe, properly co-ordinated negotiations, can bring this to an end. S.A, needs to save the situation before it is too late.

  • john.bhekimuzi - 2012-10-05 17:23

    Democratic Alliance is the party for honesty, health care services, education services, hard line against criminals, job creation, anti-racism, anti-corruption, I am an active member of Democratic Alliance in the Johannesburg area where I recruit poor black voters to vote for a better life a life unde Democratic Alliance, we have secured alot of black support and millions of blacks has lost hope in ANC and heading towards DA, where ever DA has been elected they have shown to take care of the poor and creating jobs for average south africans, millions of blacks has discovered that ANC is a bunch of corrupt men who dont care about the poor or the country, DA party went from nothing to get 25% of south african votes!!! that means the large majority of DA voters are blacks! in the last election the party won over 1 million new voters! Hellen Zille for president! next election we will destroy the ANC even more! and the mine workers will get dignity and a fair salary under a DA rule with social justice.

  • nthete.moalosi - 2012-10-05 17:25

    Yoh,is anyone concerned about the impact this strikes will have on the economy and our lives.

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-10-05 17:25

    In life you have to comply,comply and complain not other way round.They have themselves to blaim because they did not follow the protocol

  • LongSword - 2012-10-05 17:30

    I like this, Anglo Platinum digging it's own hole. This is a start of some sort of domino effect leading to something chaotic, i hope.

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-10-05 17:36

    Marikana miners haz open a cans of worms that will haunt the dpt of minerals into its knees. contingency plans r much needed from this department 2 avoid mining revolution that will also bring our economy into a joke:::ONE:::

  • Duane Morris - 2012-10-05 17:41

    when u start working at any company dont they tell you how much u going to pay, and if u dont like it dont work there.

  • goodguy.buthelezi - 2012-10-05 17:43

    The Babilon is exploiting our people. Look at the wage gap between top Management and normal staff, have's and have's not. Its pathetic.. Thanks GOD im self employed, i will work for the babilon!

  • alan.w.nass - 2012-10-05 17:44

    As siener van rensberg said, soon no ships in the harbour!

  • matthew.hoatson.7 - 2012-10-05 18:00

    I'm afraid it had to happen, and other mining companies will follow suit. R 10 000 not a bad salary for not having a formal qualification, it's par for the course all over the world when you compare us to Asia, India, South America let alone the rest of Africa !!!!!

  • vanesse.levitt - 2012-10-05 18:12

    Good on you Amplats!!!! The ruling party is crippling our economy and country!!!! Something needs to be done before we go the same way Zimbabwe did - no water - no food - no jobs - no tourism - no country!!!!

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-10-05 18:12

    Lack of intellect and just plain stupidity on the part of Unions & miners has been exposed.These idiots still don't understand that illegal behaviour & disregard for agreements ALWAYS ends in tears.Watch the blame game begin...never,ever THEMSELVES!!

  • dejaay.heineken - 2012-10-05 18:15

    This is just a joke how can Amplats fire 12000 employees? Its just trying to scare them cos there is noway it can manage to operate witout those ppl! First of all who is gona employ as replacement of those 12000 strikers! Obvious it gona be small world war cos those ppl stil gona stop da new employee from going to work! Dats just game even da court can't allow employer to fire dats number of ppl! Amplats must just pay workers dats all! And where is Mr president at dis moment?

      KevvyW - 2012-10-06 14:17

      Amplats is not interest in anything else but investor dividents. They will shut that mine, cause they hv made their billions.....An the mine has been overpayd 100 times...Let them keep it shut. Gov should give them a few days to open their gates and...if they don't... they have lost their right to operate...That's IT...

  • gjfnicholson - 2012-10-05 18:19

    Yay

  • fshabangu - 2012-10-05 18:22

    Fire them all idiots!!!

  • braamc - 2012-10-05 18:29

    Don't re-employ the savages

  • lyellvanderwalt - 2012-10-05 18:45

    I fear, this wasn't the way it should have ended. Where the hell is the president, the deputy president and the department of labor? They should have intervened and put a stop to (a) this new trend of wage demands and (b) ensure that 12000 didn't lose their jobs in the end. But no, they're nowhere to be seen, sitting and watching as this chaos unfolds. It's unbelievable.

  • harold.hobson.35 - 2012-10-05 21:43

    Although I think Amplats is right, I don't take any pleasure in seeing these workers fired. Many of you with the "serves them right" attitude are racist bigots, who haven't a clue what this is about. You've hardly had a hungry day in your life and you have no empathy for anyone who doesn't have what you have. South Africans should get their heads around the idea that nobody, skilled or unskilled, should be made to feel that R3500 is all that they are worth. Even R12500 is not a big salary, although sadly, because of the need to stay labour intensive and employ thousands of people, instead of increase productivity through mechanisation, mines can't afford to pay more.But here's a thought - maybe the mines would be paying these workers better salaries, if their profits weren't also supporting the lifestyles of their BEE fatcat partners.

      Ntambolicous - 2012-10-05 22:00

      The truth is government,ANC, unions and mine bosses have colluded in modern day slavery and now that the people are standing for economic justice they use the constitution to fustrate them these miners have never known the difference between the NP and the ANC. You are spot on

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-10-06 08:46

      I also agree with your comments. What I find unacceptable is the destruction and mayhem that accompanies the strikes

      KevvyW - 2012-10-06 14:00

      Now time for Gov to take these mines back, cause they were STOLEN. Given away by a government who only looked at the minority. Think we must hire Trevor Manual to run the mines for us, with his brainy wife as CFO. These conglomirates think they can get away with things like this for the next 1000 years. Take the mines back, and run it. The fact that they cn do this, means that even they have no respect for this country's economy and interest, and only looks at investors greed. Let's Do this Thing.... Malema day.....

  • rudolf.liebenberg.98 - 2012-10-06 07:59

    At last a resolution to restore the company's economic harmony. The other mines should follow it's lead and let this be a warning to greedy masses.

      KevvyW - 2012-10-10 20:44

      I won't call em greedy....I will call em Needy.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-10-06 08:43

    Sad but necessary. Striking hooligans are holding the country to ransom and destroying the economy

      klasie.kitshoff - 2012-10-06 09:48

      tripartheit gov eats its own children!!

  • yvonne.joseph.1612 - 2012-10-06 10:49

    No good giving in to their demands this year because it will then happen again next year!

      KevvyW - 2012-10-06 14:12

      We'll have this discussion in a few months again... Just Q - Can you lay out a budget for R3 500 please ?

  • KevvyW - 2012-10-06 14:23

    I dare anyone that is voting against the miners to come up with a budget for R 3 500/m. That should include food, fuel, energy, insurance, medical bills, school fees, university fees, telephone account, internet account, security, and ya the list goes on.....If you cannot, SHUT UP.

      KevvyW - 2012-10-06 14:24

      Don't forget the car payment. And the house ? ? I left that for last on purpose......

      Sanjeen Deosaran - 2012-10-06 22:06

      Dear Kevvy. in a free country (thats what we all fought for, right?) one has the freedom to choose what job one takes and enter into the terms and conditions of the contract. The job does not become a lifetime entitlement, and others who are earning nothing should be given a chance to do the job for the salary offered. By the same token an employee has every right to seek another job to better his life. With regard to your budget, I am certain that Jacob Zuma cannot survive on my monthly salary, so you may has well challenge him to do so - remember Mbeki's model of the 2 economies?

      andrew.gibbs.1420 - 2012-10-07 13:23

      If it is not a good enough wage for all of that why did they work there in the first place. Please supply an intelligent answer or shut up.

      KevvyW - 2012-10-10 20:28

      Sanjeen, You did not answer the Q...It seems you don't like to read. You seem like an informed person. So let me phrase a again then. Under the current economic climate as an average earner [ which mine workers are not suppose to be]. Can you work out a budget on R3500, Sanjy ? And do I dare say not all mine workers are kids leaving school? So if you have been deprived of a good edu when you were young, due to what you might not seem to understand....not all people have the courage to study after 35 for example...And that on this budget, Sanjy ?

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-08 07:49

    Flack will come my way call me what you will but I feel...Give the miners a living wage, COL has spiralled in spite of the powers that be claiming we are at 5%. They have the same living expenses we have. Lets walk in their shoes before we throw stones. Question would you work for the wage they get and would you work underground?

  • bertie.wiehahn - 2012-10-10 13:15

    A number of points of interest here: 1. Zuma doesn't get involved because he doesn't know what to do. His R2.6m salary per annum and R203m house renovation for his 19 wives are more important. The economy apparently will take care of itself. 2. So strikes and unrest are not an apartheid's era thing... does this then mean it is a black thing? 3. If you strike you don't get paid and for every week you don't get paid, your so-called new increase will recover your lost income only in about 6 month's time. Is it worth it? 4. Why does the media choose to point out that Eskom has not been affected as yet - this is like telling the unions where to hit next to cripple the economy? 5. It seems that the unions are the only guilty parties in this all - when the unions needs more money, they will upset their members with lame propaganda. Strikes hit and the strikers do not get paid. However, the union membership fees remain. Both workers and employers loose, only the unions gain. 6. With any company suffering revenue loss due to strikes (having to report this to their stakeholders), how can any employee expect any increase or bonus? Where are the funds suppose to come from? Will it come from thin air - same misconception Zuma must be suffering from. 7. A company implement and pay increases and bonuses based on performance. It's like any sales outfit; you perform you earn, you over perform you get a huge bonus. Simple economics. Sustainability first.

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