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Strikes come at a cost

2010-08-10 15:24

Johannesburg - Any strike action comes at a cost to the economy and the country, Business Unity South Africa (Busa) CEO Jerry
Vilakazi told I-Net Bridge on Tuesday.
   
His comments came as thousands of public sector workers on Tuesday marched in different parts of the country over wages.
   
Unions had on Tuesday given government only a few hours to respond to their demands for an 8.6% wage increment and a R1 000 housing allowance before deciding on further action. Government is offering a 7% wage increment and a R630 housing allowance.
   
If their demands are not met, over one million public sector workers could embark on a full blown strike.
   
"We think that strikes in general, where possible, should be avoided," said Vilakazi.
   
Analysts have questioned whether government can afford to up its offer, given that its coffers are strained following increased spending that had to take place to lessen the effects of the recession on the economy, commitments it made under the Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD) and the pressure these factors have put on the budget deficit.
  
Vilakazi said it would be unfair to pinpoint who should compromise between government and labour but added that as Busa they were confident that a resolution would be found.
   
"I think the solution lies with both parties. We believe govern negotiators and union negotiators have got the capacity.
   
"If you look at where they are, they're not very far apart from each other. With both parties' willingness and commitment, I'm confident there will be a solution," he noted.
   
- I-Net Bridge

Comments
  • Artur de Freitas - 2010-08-10 15:51

    Unions want to increase inflation, an economic policy that make them look good but failed in the past. The only way the government can pay the demanded increases is by “printing” money which does not increase people’s spending power. After all it seems that the SAPC is taking control of the ANC and the country. By the way, I’m not rich and I’m unemployed but I don’t need to play politics to win votes.

  • Failure - 2010-08-10 16:04

    Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD)is a SCAM... (not included in the strike, but remember the strikes last year)The emergency services still earn different salaries, and the end is nowhere in sight... They have lost lots of money for more than 7 years... How long should they wait? Strike AWAY!!!

  • Edith myburgh - 2010-08-10 16:22

    More people at the school where I teach, went on strike today because they deducted money from us who did not strike in 2007 and that money is still not refunded. I think it is a crime to steal workers money and blame the system. No work no pay is ok but to go to work and carry the load of those on strike to help parents who have to go to work is just not fair.

  • Lekker lag - 2010-08-10 17:50

    Demand is a beutiful word !!

  • john smth - 2010-08-11 08:53

    Let melema give up his increase and tell the ANC to drop there wages and stop stealing from us the people! Its time ANC gives us there money they rob from us, sell those hoses and car and private jets. Give up your wages drop you high pay ANC then we can get a rise. We the people need to wake up and demand from the ANC the corrupt government who robs us all the time and we just stand back and take it. Let stand up and fight against the corrupt goverment!!!!!!

  • Realist - 2010-08-11 09:21

    Damn what I would give just to have a job. Been unemployed for 3 years and trying to keep alive. All my years I worked with loyalty and dignity and in the old days nobody went on strike as we knew what it could do to the economy but sadly our country are now being strangled by greed.

  • Peter Hunt - 2010-08-11 09:46

    John Smith............how on Earth do you expect us to take you seriously with spelling and grammar like that? I mean "sell there (sic) hoses"? Where did you go to school?

  • All Fired Up - 2010-08-11 11:01

    The unions are now elitist,demanding increases is great,but what about all us unemployed people?.Why not get the union members to take a decrease in salary and get the employers to employ more people without increasing their salary overheads!!!

  • Derek - 2010-08-11 17:25

    I think that that there is an agreement within the colluding, sorry alliance partners. They (the three) have come to realise that they cannot nationalise the economy because investors will punish them more harshly than they care to bear, so they use these the unions to accomplish the same goal as nationalisation = redistribution of wealth. This should be no surprise, it is stipulated in the their freedom charter.

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