|Tuesday and Wednesday was the
much feared COSATU strike. The ANC's buddies are up to their old tricks.
'Power to the People' and all that. Tensions are running a bit high between
the two organisations with the ANC government pushing issues that COSATU
does not like. I'm specifically referring to the ANC's privatisation scheme.
This has been a sensitive issue with COSATU.
The following figures were published in the Sunday Times with a column written by one Zwelinzima Vavi concerning privatisation -
The old 'apartheid regime' are still getting the blame for most problems in this country (after how many years now?). As motivation against privatisation this man quotes some interesting figures. South Africa is amongst one of the five most 'unequal' countries in the world. We are ranked 30th out of a hundred and twenty three developing countries as far as productivity goes yet we're 70th worst in terms of malnutrition. And as far as piped water goes, we're worse off than Zimbabwe! Infant mortality puts us 57th amongst developing countries (the negative slide of the scale). Unemployment stands at 30%. Does this say something about our current government considering it was only 16% in 1995? Considering the current economic climate, it should not be more than 25% tops!
It carries on - sad to say.
Earnings have dropped due to job losses in the formal sector. Low-level
employment has increased with earnings dropping accordingly. In 1995,
35% of South Africans earned less than R1 000 per month. 39% now in 2001
- and who knows what it's standing at now. Considering a R1 000 is worth
a hell of a lot less than what it was seven years ago.
COSATU's strike though was an abortion. Simply put, employers can't afford the toy-toying of yesteryear. It works strictly on a no work no pay policy. And the people are getting hungrier by the day. In fact, in the Western Cape they are starving. The days of a 'sympathy' strike by non COSATU workers is a thing of the past. The time has come where employees (talking specifically of the dark skinned) are way too concerned about making a living and feeding their families, than what COSATU has to say. Maybe the realisation has hit home that the ANC is not what they make out to be. It took a while.
Now, if we can only find an alternate party that's worth voting for!
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