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Right to strike comes with responsibility

By unknown | Jul 03, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

IT HAS been strike season lately despite the worsening economic crisis that has hit the country.

IT HAS been strike season lately despite the worsening economic crisis that has hit the country.

South Africa is in turmoil as doctors, emergency medical service staff and other public servants, taxi drivers, bus drivers and construction workers go on strike.

It is in the interest of all employers to pay good wages and salaries that keep up with inflation and rising prices.

And workers should also not get carried away and keep the world economic situation in mind. Better paid employees go on strike while millions of factory, farm workers and labourers are paid low wages and are exploi ted in factories and on farms across the country. These workers face more retrenchments.

Public servants are not the only employees. The poorly paid manufacturing sector also faces rising food prices and inflation, but more attention is given to public servants who earn relatively huge salaries and who fail to deliver services to the people.

Since the new government came into power public servants have taken advantage of their political rights by blackmailing the government.

We all voted to voice our democratic rights but we should not ruin the country by striking for no reason. Taxi drivers, with their poor service, disrupt our roads because of the Bus Rapid Transit, but fail to understand that competition is good for commuters.

Construction workers abandoning 2010 World Cup stadiums and prison warder strikes affect our economy. Proper reasons are essential before we decide to go on strike so let us act maturely and build South Africa for 2010 and beyond.

MK Marumo, GaRankuwa


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