MALCOLM Dodds, I applaud your guts ("Need to take firm stand on demands", August 28). Striking in this country, with its history, its socio-economic situation, its standing in the world community and its aspirations for its people is nothing but treason.
Unions exist for no other reason than to hold together the tenuous tripartite alliance and ensure political survival for the ANC. They are as much part of the exploitative mentality as the companies they pretend to protect their members from.
Your suggestion is that unions – should they have any other purpose – should use their power to ensure employment for all able-bodied South Africans and to promote the highest standards of productivity in their respective industries.
That's what we need – not a bunch of rabble-rousers wrecking the economy and our standing in the world community, and ensuring that the currently unemployed will never ever find decent, sustainable work so long as the unions exist. The equation proving this is simple.
A strike equals no production, rising cost of living, poor investment prospects and wasted money on repairing the physical damage to infrastructure that most strikes cause. Ergo, a strike ensures that in the future there will be fewer jobs available for the unemployed through lower/loss of investment and confidence in this country – and that the poor will be hardest hit by the rising cost of living.
Local investors and entrepreneurs will look for greener markets, as seen by the steady stream of brain power from our shores to those elsewhere. Well done unions.
Union members who walk off with a 10 or an 8% pay hike are not going to share with those who have no income, which will mean the government will have to fork out more in terms of grants, etc, further eroding future growth. Unions have got to be the very best country-wrecker we've ever had!
We are not a first world country that can afford a strike mentality or strike action, as evidenced by the eroding growth rate year on year. We are an emerging economy that needs investment, great ideas and millions of hands with work enough to fill them.
Unions represent the antithesis of this, and completely and absolutely destroy the tradition of ubuntu among our peoples. What to do, what to do?
I really don't have a clue, because our much beloved government has ensured that the only tool that can possibly wrench us from the grasp of this destructive force – education – has for the greater part been denied to the future citizens of this country.
In the meantime, prayer's a good idea and the current insurrection among unions augers well. Perhaps they will self-destruct – I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Stan Esterhuizen, Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth