Strikes: Zuma reveals ‘action package’

2012-10-17 18:28

Pretoria - The government, organised labour, business and civil society have committed to helping recover investor confidence in the economy, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.

They had agreed that spontaneous acts of intimidation and violence were affecting the economy, he said after a meeting of government ministers, trade union leaders and business representatives at the Union Buildings.

"The parties agree to take steps to improve public and investor confidence in the economy and in social stability, using their respective resources and capacities to build a partnership for development.

"We agreed that the industrial relations environment in the mining sector must be normalised as a matter of priority."

On behalf of all parties represented at Wednesday's summit, Zuma said workers engaged in unprotected strikes across the country should return to work immediately.

"We call on workers who are engaged in unprotected strikes to return to work as soon as possible, and for production in the mining industry to normalise.

"We agreed that violence and intimidation must come to an end. These have no role in our system and simply have a negative effect."

Zuma said the constitutional right to protest should be exercised peacefully.

"We will not compromise on this. The parties fully support all lawful action by the justice, crime prevention and security cluster (of government) to stabilise communities and normalise daily lives across all communities."

The frustrations and problems of workers, particularly in the mining sector, had been taken note of, said Zuma. Legitimate grievances would be addressed.

"These include addressing the housing needs of mining communities, the pressures on wages caused by high levels of personal debt and the challenge of high income and wage disparities which create resentment and limit our social cohesion as South Africans."

To this effect, Zuma said an "action package" would be rolled out.

"While many accords and social agreements have been reached in the past, we want this (package) to be different in the speed and focus of our implementation. We will monitor implementation at the highest level, with ministers and social partner leaders meeting regularly and reporting to me."

He said the partners at the summit agreed to establishment a new partnership aimed at addressing the problem of housing in mining areas. These included Rustenburg, Lephalale, Emalahleni, the West Rand, Welkom, Klerksdorp, and Carletonville.

Wednesday's summit was a follow-up to an initial meeting held on Friday.

"We have emerged today with one voice, one message and strong confidence in our capacity as a society to address the immediate challenges we face, and to lay the basis for long-term growth and job creation," Zuma said.

Those attending Wednesday's meeting included Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union leader Joseph Mathunjwa, and Federation of Unions of SA general secretary Dennis George.

  • bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-10-17 18:37

    Our first ladies experienced da "action package " first hand !!

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-17 18:52

      LOL That's about the only action Bennie:-) But seriously, I do not think many of give any regard to this forthcoming "action" as we have heard this song sung many times before.

      tgif.wtfaw - 2012-10-18 10:07

      Sounds like a Porn Movie Title " Zuma's action package" He would not recognize " Action" and " Leadership" if they were painted in dayglow orange paint on a 50 ton steamroller about to ride over his face

  • barry.mcbride - 2012-10-17 18:42

    The Spear reveals his action package! Please don’t share such with us.

  • luca.delbianco.3 - 2012-10-17 18:43

    It sounds like the highlight of a DSTV upcoming Action Movie Anyway we will see what that mean in practical terms. Cheers.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-17 18:45

    Amazing how this was accomplished in a week. Imagine if this was the level of turn-around for the last 18 years.

  • ivan.ferreira - 2012-10-17 18:47

    Man...these guys are so slow. I could have told you this 4 weeks ago.

  • njabulo.jama.5 - 2012-10-17 18:51

    I'm sorry...maybe I'm slow on the uptake, what exactly is the plan of action here?

      kuno.tschumi.5 - 2012-10-18 08:12

      must be to have regular meetings, lunches, JW Blue Label and a good time. Nothing happened over the last 8 weeks or so when it all started, so why would they do something now.

      lownabester - 2012-10-18 09:26

      The plan of action is not to take any action.

  • bert.einswine - 2012-10-17 19:08

    I.ll sleep easy tonight.... our beloved President has taken charge....Not

  • chris.buchner.12 - 2012-10-17 19:14

    Good job at pointing out the obvious... And using the plans of the employers lawyers by warning workers! We are weeks into the strikes and this is what you come up with?

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-10-17 19:22

    How does this work, I had to work to buy my house which I will pay for the next 33 years, I was in my late 30's before this happened and not once did I say it is my bosses responsibility. This is a the culture that should not be created, the one that wants hand outs and not willing to learn how to manage your finances. I am still in depth but know it is my responsibility to get out of it. Zuma you are a buffoon and I will make a simple example of that the miners of Kumba got R570000 earlier in the year once off and they are now striking so where is that money. That was for many more then 5 years salaries.

  • bertus.pretorius.1 - 2012-10-17 19:28

    Erm, when have unions EVER taken responsibility for violent strikes? And why should they then attempt to stop it? The more the \unknown\ individuals break and burn, the more the employers are forced to bow down and just accept demands before all is lost.

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-10-17 19:30

    after decades of encouraging violence during strikes it will be interesting to see how the unions sort this one out.

  • norman.buchalter - 2012-10-17 20:01

    How about starting at the top JZ? Zumaville compared to long drops and shacks at the mine workers place of abode, never -rolled-out RDP housing in sufficient volumes due to theft of funds or tenders not fulfilled or houses that collapse due to shoddy workmanship and poor materials, massive salaries and bonuses paid to all tiers of government , extravagant government transport costs while migrant workers have no cheap travel arrangements to go home on visits/breaks, govt setting a terriblly wasteful example to lowly paid workers who see and now know the difference, uncontrolled and massive fatal shootings in order to clamp down and intimidate workers? How about setting this example in motion from your office. Ensure that Govt ministers have no shares in businesses that may appear to cross the line between independence and collusion. Fire ministers that disregard these rules. Get Minister Gordhan to clamp down and regulate/cap the exorbitant interest rates/usury rates that micro-lenders are allowed to charge. Ensure that trade-union leaders support their members in word and deed, and don't enrich themselves with member contributions without fulfilling their proper function in the workplace.Then perhaps you'll be taken seriously. Till then, all the good intentions in the world and get togethers will not replace actions, which speak louder than words.

  • Jakkals Venter - 2012-10-17 20:03

    Thank you Mr President just in time because i was thinking of closeing my busness and 15 familys wouldend had any income and it is a Restaurant.

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-10-17 20:11

    How weak this sounds and how late it is. Pres Zuma, you have let our country be trashed because you cannot lead - you do not have the guts and determination. Please resign for all our sakes

  • adriaan.kroon.1 - 2012-10-17 21:40

    We all shout and swear....but wait and see this new south africa will become just like zim.... Just u wait Henry iggens just u wait

  • alan.matthews.9066 - 2012-10-17 22:46

    For Gods sake everybody!!! Peace Peace Peace! We all have families whom we love and cherise. Let this strife come to an end. Those who do not believe in law and order must face the consequences.

  • singatha.jongihlati - 2012-10-17 23:45

    Great,but I don't see the big stick here.Hang on,the striking miners have the big sticks.I await the "Action Plan",otherwise no "Action Plan" in this story except lot's of yada yada yada

  • david.diego.14 - 2012-10-18 05:32

    JZ to end this mine strike talk to mine bosses to give the workers what they want,just imagine underground mine workers get R4000 a month rubbish,come on i suggest they must fight until they get what they want!!!

  • jaun.lombard.9 - 2012-10-18 07:18

    Action speaks louder that word Mr Zuma!

  • Vince.York - 2012-10-18 07:57

    My shower also utters "uguh uguh Uguah" when it runs out of water!

  • richard.zanner - 2012-10-18 10:01

    So now he speaks. For weeks he was missing in action now suddenly he has a plan. Let me see, another tax !!

  • michael.filmer.96 - 2012-10-18 14:32

    Day late and a dollar short! The horse bolted 8 weeks ago!Think we have a prize bunch running this place.

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