Are the unions still car­ry­ing out their orig­i­nal man­date?

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Solomzi Mabeka of Ko­mani writes: It has be­come the norm that labour unions are dy­ing a si­lent death. These unions were es­tab­lished through the sweat and blood of work­ers who fought ex­ploita­tion by the white regime, and some black elite bour­geois who ben­e­fited dur­ing the apartheid era. Their pur­pose was to pro­tect ex­ploita­tion by em­ploy­ers.

Nowa­days the unions are a step­ping lad­der to en­rich­ment for cer­tain mem­bers and of­fi­cials. Some ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers are fight­ing the bat­tles of em­ploy­ers and take sides. I have a liv­ing tes­ti­mony that union of­fi­cials are sidelin­ing work­ers and sid­ing with cer­tain in­sti­tu­tional man­agers, in­stead of con­cen­trat­ing on work­ers’ is­sues.

There is a de­crease in mem­ber­ship and de­te­ri­o­rat­ing num­bers at meet­ings. It may hap­pen that two mem­bers of the same union are rep­re­sented by the same of­fi­cial in dis­ci­plinary hear­ings at the same time.

Dur­ing our days such in­ci­dents were re­solved in the union of­fices.

Nowa­days we ex­pe­ri­ence mem­bers fight­ing for po­si­tions in govern­ment de­part­ments. They joined the union in or­der to have their bread but­tered on both sides.

Look at the sit­u­a­tion at Enoch Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity – Samwu is de­mand­ing their money but they can see the sit­u­a­tion is bad. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity is work­ing with no funds and owes Eskom mil­lions. The money pre­vent­ing a black­out in terms of Eskom is also a loan. I do not know if unions are still fight­ing for the needs of work­ers.

We com­plained that we were led by peo­ple who were not from Ko­mani, but the same peo­ple are fight­ing for the re­moval of mayor Si­sisi To­lashe, who has strug­gled and fought for our lib­er­a­tion. I have a sus­pi­cion that even labour unions are cap­tured. There might be a con­spir­acy be­hind lead­ers that are cam­ou­flaged.

The SA Com­mu­nist Party, the van­guard of the work­ing class, must show lead­er­ship.

The govern­ment and of­fi­cials of SOEs are be­lieved to have been cap­tured by the Gup­tas. Where were the unions and work­ers while this was hap­pen­ing?

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