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4 Oct 2013
5:30 am

Unions aren’t helping anyone


If trade unions exist to further the interests and wellbeing of workers, then the South African versions are dismal failures.

There is currently strike action or the threat thereof in the motor sector, mining industry, the Post Office and at South African Breweries, to name a few.

In each of these cases the end result will be a long-term loss for workers, even if they manage to get some short-term gains.

The negative results of these strikes will also affect other people who had nothing to do with the strikes, including the unemployed and those working in other sectors.

Just one example: South Africa has lost out on a lucrative opportunity to build a new BMW model thanks to recent strike action – a much-needed injection into the local economy and thousands of new jobs down the drain.

A strong South African economy is in the interests of workers just as much as it is in the interests of big business. So too is a well-educated population, but teachers’ unions have made this goal almost impossible to achieve.

Yes, workers need representation, but ignoring economic realities is just as dangerous and detrimental to our futures as exploitative employers.