Let's hope we will be spared another round of unnecessary strikes by providers of essential services this year now that unions have cosied up to the new government.
But things aren't looking good: doctors, bus drivers and administrators in the education department have already manned picket lines.
And it all seems so unnecessary. In most cases the workers' gripes could have been resolved by a little basic proactive management.
The doctors were promised boosted pay-packets long ago to compensate for their appalling salaries and working conditions in the civil service. So far they've received zilch.
Jozi Metrobus workers aligned with the South African Municipal Workers Union demand restructured wage packets. They also allege corruption in an incident that dates back to their last strike in 2007.
Huh? Why has this not yet been sorted out? We are all caught up in an economic slump and almost all of us depend on assorted government services.
Things will only get worse if managers and workers pursue their own greedy interests at the expense of all others.
We call on the government to engage in serious bargaining with their friends in the unions to spare us another season of embarrassing public-service strikes.