A rethink on strike culture
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.