2010 cannot afford strikes

The constitutional right to strike must be reviewed for all workers who are building stadiums for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

The constitutional right to strike must be reviewed for all workers who are building stadiums for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Workers, employers, unions and employer organisations must not use the stadiums as pawns to resolve disputes. Employers must use best practice in establishing pay levels, employment and working conditions. Special bonuses must be paid to all workers and managers who are building the stadiums.

Workers must tender their services at all times, no matter what their grievances. An ombudsman office must be established for possible flash- points.

Like all proud South Africans, my nerves are shattered each time construction is delayed. I would like to call on all stakeholders to establish a special tribunal to settle labour disputes by speedy arbitration and, if need be, conciliation or arbitration.

Existing dispute resolution options are inadequate. Expressing grievances and resolving them by using the "power route" by both employers and workers is unpatriotic. Workers and employers know how important a successful World Cup is for South Africa.

My proposal is: suspend the right to strike and to lockout until all the stadiums are handed over to Fifa.

Not a single South African will moan about this temporary suspension of a fundamental right as we strive to show the world that we are a great host.

Ganief Hendricks,

Cape Town

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