A re­think on strike cul­ture

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EMiye­lani Hlung­wani Mukhomi Vil­lage

mploy­ees have a right to protest when they de­tect some­thing fishy in their work­places, but some­times the ser­vices that some com­pa­nies pro­vide to the pub­lic are more im­por­tant than a strike.

It’s a pity to wit­ness needy peo­ple strug­gling to ac­cess im­por­tant ser­vices after they come to a stand­still through the ig­no­rance of man­age­ment and their re­fusal to con­sider em­ploy­ees’ griev­ances timeously.

Why do peo­ple have to en­counter lack of ser­vice de­liv­ery, and why must peo­ple lose their jobs be­cause of long strikes?

In South Africa, only a mi­nor­ity can af­ford the ser­vices of pri­vate com­pa­nies. The majority of peo­ple de­pend on pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions.

I have no doubt many or­di­nary South Africans are strongly and di­rectly af­fected by the on­go­ing Post Of­fice strike be­cause they can’t af­ford to make use of pri­vate courier com­pa­nies to en­sure their parcels and doc­u­ments are de­liv­ered.

Work­place is­sues should be dealt with be­fore ser­vice comes to a stand­still and em­ploy­ees em­bark on strikes. In the end, com­pa­nies lose in terms of pro­duc­tion and profit, and staff lose wages.

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