Left attack on Manuel
MINISTER IN THE PRESIDENCY Trevor Manuel was on the receiving end of a scathing attack by the SA Communist Party and trade union federation Cosatu, after he suggested trade unions were exacerbating the economic crisis by threatening to strike. He also accused big business of cowardice, saying it didn’t stand up for itself when challenged by organised labour. THE WITNESS said the point Manuel should have made was that a healthy economy requires there to be a dynamic tension between business and labour. That means an industrious but not bully workforce with rational and fairly paying employers. Business Day said Manuel had a point in suggesting it wasn’t the right time to strike.
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