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UNIONS WANT TO BRING TRANSPORT AND S.A ON IT'S KNEES
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|Onderwerp: UNIONS WANT TO BRING TRANSPORT AND S.A ON IT'S KNEES Thu May 13, 2010 11:53 pm|| |
THIS LOT OF HOOLIGANS DO NOT EVEN HAVE TO TRY HARD TO BRING THE COUNTRY TO IT'S KNEES....THEIR ANC REGIME HAS ALREADY DONE MOST OF THE HARD WORK IN THAT DEPARTMENT!!
Transnet unions threaten to bring freight, and maybe South Africa, to its knees
The unions that represent just about all of Transnet's employees say those employees are very angry indeed, and will be downing tools – and working to counter Transnet's contingency plans – on 10 May. And if that screws with the World Cup, well, tough.
Talking tough and inflating threats is a rather transparent negotiation tactic, when it comes down to the wire, but the threats by the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) and the United Transport and Allied Trade Union are (Utatu) far from empty. If the majority of their members down tools – and they say the mandate from their members is unequivocal – it would be nearly impossible for Transnet to keep ports open and freight trains running.
Unless, of course, Transnet agrees on the weekend or very early next week to fork out an extra R1 billion or so on workers every year.
The unions won't say how long it would take to call off the strike, but point out that Transnet operations are spread all over the country, and simply contacting all their members takes time. That means that even if an attractive deal is put on the table towards the end of next week, it may still be too late to ward off the industrial action.
The strike will not immediately affect passenger rail services, and Transnet should be able to keep its pipelines going for at least a while. But if the strike becomes prolonged, petrol supplies at inland filling stations could become a problem, and talks between the same unions and the parastatal responsible for passenger trains also seems to be heading towards a strike. That potentially means that all transport other than road and air could be ground to a halt, just in time for the World Cup.
And if that is the case, well, tough, say the unions.
"It is not our intention to disrupt the World Cup, but it is not us that have created this situation," says Satawu general secretary Zenzo Mahlangu. "We just want to improve our conditions so that we are able to enjoy that World Cup."
The unions say it is impossible, both logistically and in principle, to delay their action until after the World Cup. For one, they are demanding pay increases backdated to the beginning of April. Putting off industrial action until, say, September, would make it too easy for Transnet to rubbish that demand.
The major area of disagreement is seven percentage points in overall pay. The unions say they want a 15% increase in wages while Transnet is offering 8%. That offer is angering members, they say, because managers have increased their own salaries after promising not to, and have grabbed the biggest part of bonuses paid out last year for themselves. And don't even talk about the wage disparity between the CEO and ordinary members.
But there is also a shopping list of working-condition demands the unions say they can't budge on. Maternity leave, for one. "Currently a manager is entitled to four months of maternity leave on full pay; employees are entitled to the equivalent of three months on full pay, says Satawu chief negotiator, Jane Barrett. "We believe that is unfair. What makes the baby of a manager more significant or more important than the baby of a worker?"
The demands come at a difficult time for Transnet. The company is in turmoil at the top, with only the acting heads in many key positions. It is just emerging from a slump in demand for its services brought on by the global recessions, and is trying to stick to a massively ambitious capital build project that was planned before that recession. It it is also stuck between the need to keep the trains running, and government demands that parastatals help to contain inflation.
But the unions are showing not a glimmer of sympathy. Utatu general secretary Chris de Vos says they have access to Transnet's contingency plans, and are already working on ways to disrupt those and maximise the impact of the strike. There is also talk of roping in international support, which could mean that outbound South African ships aren't offloaded by dockworkers elsewhere in the world, for instance.
"This could actually be the biggest strike in the history of South Africa," De Vos says. "We are all standing together; it could make all the other strikes in the history of South Africa look like a kindergarden party."
While there may be a touch of hyperbole in there, if you are still waiting for a consignment of Chinese T-shirts you hope to sell during the World Cup, now may be a good time to pay whatever it takes for expedited shipping.
Transnet wasn't available for comment on Friday afternoon, but expect them to start talking to the media – albeit guardedly – over the weekend.
By Phillip de Wet
Photo: Zenzo Mahlangu and Chris de Vos, general secretaries of Satawu and Utatu respectively, at a media briefing on Friday. The Daily Maverick
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|Onderwerp: Re: UNIONS WANT TO BRING TRANSPORT AND S.A ON IT'S KNEES Tue May 18, 2010 1:11 pm|| |
IRONIC- WHY DO I FEEL THAT STRANGE SENSATIONAL FEELING IN MY LIMBS NOW THAT THE CRIMINAL ANC ARE GETTING SOME OF THEIR OWN MEDICINE THEY DISHED-OUT PRE-'94?
THAT'S IT MY BLACK MUDDY FRIENDS- REV THE BLUE CRAP OUT-OF THE REGIME....LET THEM TASTE SOME OF THE SICK SEEDS THAT THEY SO GLEEFULLY SOWED INTO A COUNTRY THAT WAS ONCE HEALTHY AND THE POWER HOUSE OF AFRICA!
HAMBA GAHLE MY BOYTJIES....HAMBA GAHLE!!! LET US SEE THE ANARCHY THE ANC TAUGHT YOU SO WELL- EXPLODING IN THEIR FAT STUFFED FACES!
Cops, 5 000 protesters clash
Virginia Keppler en Cornél van Heerden, Beeld
Pretoria - About 5 000 violent protesters from Olievenhoutbosch, south of Pretoria, were dispersed when police fired rubber bullets on Monday after they gathered very early in the morning and barricaded the entrances to the area.
The unhappy residents, including schoolchildren, protested about empty promises of houses and poor service delivery in the area.
They barricaded the entrances and exits with rocks, burning tyres and garbage.
The protesters started throwing stones at the police as soon as they arrived at the scene. Some of the school boys used ketties (catapults) to shoot at them.
Older people made paraffin bombs and tossed them toward the police, but fortunately none of these ignited.
The police used rubber bullets to disperse the rioters.
One rubber bullet hit a boy against the head, but he wasn't badly injured.
The protesters also set fire to hawkers' stalls or demolished them. Even young children were allowed to help with this.
Police spokesperson Agnes Huma said the residents are unhappy about the poor service delivery and they are also demanding houses.
"Nobody from that suburb went to school or work on Monday, because nobody was able to leave the area.
"At least the protesters didn't barricade the R65 road which is next to the suburb," said Huma.
Journalists had to flee for their own safety. At one stage the protesters threw stones at Talk Radio 702's vehicle, breaking one of its windows.
Huma said by late afternoon on Monday the police had arrested 21 people on charges of public violence.
She said the situation is under control but still tense.
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|Onderwerp: Re: UNIONS WANT TO BRING TRANSPORT AND S.A ON IT'S KNEES Tue May 18, 2010 1:13 pm|| |
LORD- I LOVE THIS PROTESTERS!!!!
GO PROTESTERS GO! GO PROTESTERS GO! HEE-HAAAAAA!!!! KILL THE COMMUNIST- KILL THE M*ER!
The townships are burning – and foreigners may be next. Again. ( SIT DOWN LIBERAL CHINA- THEY NEVER STOPPED KILLING THE WHITE BOERS- BUT WE MUST SHUT-THE-HELL-UP...KILLING WJITES IS LEGAL IN THE EYES OF THE COMMY BASTARDS - SO LONG IT'S NOT KILLING BLACK ALIENS!)
On Monday the petrol bombs came out in Olievenhoutbosch, a settlement right in the heart of Gauteng. It was just wanton destruction, but the talk is of targeting foreigners, and soon. If security forces don't start taking that talk seriously, we face a repeat of 2008. Alex Eliseev was there.
When South Africa sobered up from the xenophobic mayhem of May 2008, we all thought we had learnt some lessons about humanity.
Dragging elderly Mozambicans from mining hostels and smashing their heads in with steel pipes, or torching them in front of a frenzied crowd, soaked our rainbow flag in blood and shamed us before the world.( KILLING 3200 BOERS IN THE MOST BARBARIC WAY, BURNING WHITE BABIES- AND SMASHING IN THE HEADS OF ELDERLY WHITES, THROWING ALL WHITES IN JAILS, OPRESSING WHITE BOERS TO THE BRINK OF FINANCIAL DEPREVATION, TAKING OVER WHITE FARMS- THE LIFE BLOOD OF THIS COUNTRY, SINGING "KILL THE BOER- KILL THE FARMER", RAPING WHITE WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN SOUTH-AFRICA, ORCHESTRATING YOUR NAZI POLICE FORCE TO INTIMIDATE WHITE PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS, KILLING ALMOST 30 000 LEGAL WHITE SOUTH-AFRICAN CITIZENS - OR BRUTALLY MURDER EUGENE TERREBLANCHE HAS NOT SHAME YOU IN THE FACE OF THE WORLD- YET HERE YOU ARE- FRETTING ABOUT A FEW ALIEN INVADERS THAT WERE KILLED IN A "XENOPHOBIC" RACIST BLACK ATTACK...YOU MAGGOT!!!) But as the struggle for resources intensifies, and anger grows over the most basic of service delivery, it appears a different lesson lingers.
Listen to the words of an Olievenhoutbosch resident, speaking about his fear that a housing riot that erupted there on Monday is headed for xenophobic fury:
Later, they (the protesters) are going to start in the houses, they're going to take them out
Take who out?
They're gonna chase the people from other countries out like Zimbabweans, Nigerians, those who are living here those who have shops here, they're gonna break them down and take everything inside, because they belong to them They say if maybe they start that fighting of xenophobia, killing the foreigners and stuff, the government will listen to them, to what they say.
Zuma just said they should stop everything and wait until the World Cup is over and then he will help them. But they refuse to listen to the command.
The equation is strikingly simple: we want what they have. We are willing to kill to get noticed. And we can use the World Cup as leverage.
Whether these threats delivered on the second anniversary of the xenophobic attacks are real or not is irrelevant. What they show is a terrifying glimpse into the minds of those who throw the rocks and shout down the tank-like Nyalas. Those who draw strength from being an invisible face in a crowd.
The riot in Olievenhoutbosch, near Midrand, was organised on Monday without the knowledge of many community leaders. It began in the dark hours of the morning and, before the sun was up, the protesters were at war with the police.
Taxi ranks were paralysed, workers returned home, children couldn't go to school and instead took part in the fighting. By mid day, officers were destroying failed paraffin bombs or hiding them in their armoured vehicles. Kids hid behind homemade shields and fired their catties.
Police arrested 21 people. Paramedics rushed around treating the wounded. And the battles continued throughout the day.
Being there, one couldn't help feel that the housing demands were giving way to some kind of primal thirst to destroy. Shops were set alight. A journalist's car had a window smashed. Streets were blocked with rocks and hawker cages. There were no negotiations and the violence ended slowly, once a stalemate was reached.
Make no mistake, the issues are real and the demands are legitimate. It cannot be that this far down the road people are still living like this. Jacob Zuma said so himself while on the same day as the protest he visited the Sweetwaters township and met with its residents.
But the problem is that protests like these have become so frequent that those organising them have realised that it's no longer enough to burn tyres and hurl rocks. They realise they have to up their game.
Last month, the government reported that more service delivery protests have taken place in the first three months of this year than in any equivalent period since 1994. Deputy minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs, Yunus Carrim, warned that the riots are growing more violent.
We can throw many factors into this fiery cauldron a third force, political motives fuelling the protests, anger at municipalities and untrained riot police. In the end, though, we have to face reality. People are angry, violent protests are increasing and there is dangerous talk of turning on foreigners. Again.
In 2008, police were caught off guard when attacks first broke out in the streets of Alexandra. Now, with the World Cup three weeks away, they cannot afford to make the same mistake.
And we cannot afford to ignore the voices in the streets.
By Alex Eliseev
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|Onderwerp: Re: UNIONS WANT TO BRING TRANSPORT AND S.A ON IT'S KNEES Wed May 19, 2010 4:53 pm|| |
TRANSNET HET VANDAG HULLE AANBOD VAN 8% VERHOOG NA 10% TOE. DIE UNIES HET VASGESKOP- EN WOU 16% HE. HULLE SAL NOU NA HULLE LEDE TOE GAAN- EN GAAN HOOR OF DIE LEDE DIE OFFER AANVAAR.
VERDER HET EVKOM UNIELEDE AANGETOON DAT HULLE OOK NOU BY DIE STAKENDE TRANSNET GAAN AANSLUIT.
ONS WAG OM TE SIEN WAAR DIE STAKING DIE LAND GAAN HEEN VAT- DONKER SOKKER STADIUMS MET SPELERS WAT RONDHARDLOOP MET MYNFLITSIES OP HULLE KOPPE?
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