To keep your job in today’s work environment, will take more than just showing up on time every morning – you must make yourself indispensible!
Nobody is immune against the effects of the international economic crisis. People lose their jobs on a daily basis, while those who are still lucky enough to be employed have to go full out to keep on receiving that salary check at the end of every month.
For the first time Pres. Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address created the impression that government is eager to put South Africa to work. His address made us feel positive and motivated; we look forward of being part of the plans he spelled out.
UASA has emphasised several times in the past, as it did again in March last year, that although Section 54 of the Mine Health and Safety Act has no doubt saved many lives, the current indiscriminate application thereof should be reviewed because of the damage to the economy.
Currently, all the activities at a mine are halted when an incident occurs, even if it only affects one specific plant or a workplace. According to Franz Stehring, UASA’s Divisional Manager responsible for the mining workers' sector, calculations show that each day of zero production mean losses of approximately R6 million per day which directly affect profits. Quantifying the potential loss to the three main mining houses over the period of one year means that the mining industry loses approximately a whopping R3,24 billion per annum.
Rocketing prices of petrol, meat, oils and fats put consumers under pressure in 2011
South Africans, with the exception of the high income group, are experiencing very high inflation.
Workers and pensioners spending less than R79 152 per year on consumer goods and services should have received an increase in income of between 7.3% and 8.3% just to maintain their purchasing power. Those who received less were worse off in December 2011 compared to 2010.
Education crisis should get government’s full attention in 2012
The milestone celebrations of the ANC as an organisation needs to be applauded.
Although the 8 January speech by President Zuma proved to be somewhat disappointing, we are heartened by the fact that so much emphasis has been placed on the country’s education crisis. Our education and training system should indeed be the cornerstone of all efforts to radically transform South Africa and build a truly non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, united and prosperous society.
UASA had hoped that Zuma would make some strong and clear points in respect of other serious issues concerning South African workers, including job creation, economic reform, the European debt crisis, and the future of the mining industry in terms of the Nationalisation debate.