Since it is obvious that South Africa is under dire straits, many South Africans haven't received their salaries in months while others have been crying for their salaries to be extended. South Africans trade unions decided to intervene since the government wasn't entertaining their workers' claims.
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), Solidarity UASA have teamed up to fight against the Sibanye Gold management’s steadfast refusal to give in to their wage demands.
The Management stated that they can only offer the workers a R520 increase while they are demanding an increase of R1500
This matter will be handled at The CCMA (Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration). The trade unions will be given a chance to strike as it was reported that If the parties fail to reach an agreement, the unions will be issued with a strike certificate.
William Mabapa, the Acting General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers said that “We have learned as labour that we are not enemies of each other, our enemy is the employer. In essence, our interest is to get good offers and benefits from the employer, not from each other.”
I think that the government is broke because not so long ago the ANC were looking for donations and also the former president of South Africa Jacob Zuma was looking for donations to pay for his court and medical expenses. It appears that the Corona virus has bankrupted the South African government.
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