More than 15,000 miners will start working for the first time in five months at the Driefontein – Kloof and Beatrix mines after a dispute between the trade union Amcu and the Sibanye group.
The new agreement shows that workers will earn more than R700 a month than before, but in the meantime five months’ salary has been lost and mining production has come to a halt.
Billions of rand are lost, and the resumption of work by strikers will not mean that the lost man hours will be overtaken.
A Pretoria economist told The Vryburger that the unions in South Africa are the single biggest reason why the country is on the brink of the ruin and can at any time reach junk status.
The unions do not make a positive contribution to members’ circumstances, and retain them by directing unreasonable wage demands to employers, and organizing strikes.
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