Unions in general.
by, 09-May-11 at 10:26 AM (3878 Views)
It has come to my attention that Unions are really passive, passive to the point where there is n longer any transparency between member and union. When you sign-up with a union you believe you are protected against abuse but are you?
My research states no. There are large companies in South Africa that still have no union representation at all. This is indeed interesting considering that it is within in our constitution that we have a right to be a member of a union.
Exercising these rights are not as simple because “some” companies simply state that “unofficial benefits” will be lost if a union is instated.
Then the biggest loss “in my opinion” is the labour broker phenomena that infected almost every workforce in South Africa. Again the unions proofed powerless to stop labour brokers from “taking over” and indeed control employment, where an employee can once again be “replaced” for no reason at all.
Unions to a point proofed to be powerless as strikes are ineffective and rendered useless by law and government. A classic case and point would be our only provider of electricity; people may strike as long as they are working in “none critical” arias. Thus they are still able to produce power regardless of a strike and in turn they have virtually no losses as their contracts are honoured.
So the biggest question of all now looms over unions; can they still protect their members?
Are seemingly “reasonable” strike procedures really that reasonable?
Why do large companies have the ability to keep unions away?
Do unions still have power?
These questions are not to be taken lightly because it will affect the labour community directly. More to the point is the fact that many workers in South Africa have no protection at all.
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