Pre-plan to avoid fur­ther strikes

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Philip Up­ton George, Western Cape

WHEN is this non­sense go­ing to stop? This is the third postal strike in the past year and a half.

It seems to be stan­dard prac­tice that when a dis­pute comes around, a strike oc­curs almost ev­ery time in most in­dus­tries. Has no one heard of pre-plan­ning?

Surely in this day and age of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, when an em­ployer ne­go­ti­ates a wage in­crease or dis­pute with its em­ploy­ees, it should be con­ducted in such a way as to pro­vide am­ple time be­fore the in­crease is due to take ef­fect.

In the event of a dis­agree­ment, the dis­pute should be im­me­di­ately re­ferred to arbitration and the ap­pointed ar­bi­tra­tor should make a firm and bind­ing decision on both par­ties within 30 days, thereby re­solv­ing the dis­pute at least two months prior to the in­crease com­ing into ef­fect.

An em­ployee’s dis­pute can be set­tled in a sim­i­lar man­ner, thereby in both cases mak­ing it un­nec­es­sary to go on strike, sav­ing vast sums of money, re­tain­ing their jobs, and keep­ing the pro­duc­tion and ser­vice op­er­at­ing to the ben­e­fit of all par­ties.

In the mean­time, their cur­rent ac­tion has se­ri­ously af­fected the de­liv­ery of post all over the coun­try and in­ter­na­tion­ally. It has af­fected business and res­i­dents alike, and will lead to peo­ple mak­ing other ar­range­ments to send and re­ceive post, which will af­fect the in­come of the Post Of­fice and which no doubt could place pres­sure on more Post Of­fice branches be­ing closed, and which will in turn lead to a re­duc­tion of staff.

So, well done to the unions and strik­ers be­cause you have shot your­selves in the foot. I say fire the cul­prits and em­ploy staff who ap­pre­ci­ate hav­ing a job and putting food on the ta­ble.

There must be thou­sands upon thou­sands of peo­ple des­per­ate for jobs in this coun­try who would re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the op­por­tu­nity of work.

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