FULL VIEW: How can SA's employers and unions evolve in negotiations with Mthimkulu Mashiya

President Cyril Ramaphosa says that his priority is to get the grid functioning properly in order to overcome the current spate of rolling blackouts. Ramaphosa addressed the media following his oversight visit to Tutuka power station in Standerton, Mpumalanga earlier today. The visit comes as power utility Eskom, has resorted to continuous power cuts, due to failure to stabilise the grid and generate enough capacity. Ramaphosa says that more units at Tutuka would be coming on stream...

Strike season is firmly upon us. There's been labour action in mining, trucking, Eskom and the South African Revenue Service to the threats of strike action in the automotive industry as well as the private security industry. While labour disputes should have at the heart of them the improvement of rights and remuneration for workers, sometimes those are eclipsed by what analysts say are the pursuit of personal or brand power by union leaders, with the possibility of influence by outside interests. And there are also accusations from labour of exploitative corporate interests that must be held accountable. The reality is that productivity impacts cost families and the economy dearly. So how can SA's employers and unions evolve in negotiations? What room exists for a healthier and speedier resolution to disputes?

Mthimkulu Mashiya is the General Secretary of Transnet Bargaining Council and is a vigorous commentator on solutions to protracted strike action.

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