MUST LEARN TO BE CONSTRUCTIVE
ISSUED BY NELSON RAMODIKE, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR LABOUR
UDM expresses its concern at Cosatu's planned protest action against
privatisation, including strike action against Eskom.
The UDM expresses its concern at the possibility of job losses, a decline in job
creation and a lack/demise of local ownership with regards to privatisation or
restructuring. Similar concerns of Cosatu are valid, but it must be understood
that it is imperative for restructuring to happen. The potential gains for the
consumer, the economy and the fiscus can be achieved hilst other concerns are
addressed; these things are not mutually exclusive. Therefore the UDM disagrees
with the planned protest action by Cosatu.
The UDM calls on the Minister to urgently address issues surrounding the
National Framework Agreement. This agreement was devised for the specific
purpose of avoiding confrontation on restructuring but is dismally failing to
bind stakeholders to a common goal.
The UDM further calls on Cosatu to address its concerns to the appropriate forum
in a reasonable and constructive manner. Continued piecemeal obstruction of
sub-divisions of restructuring by Cosatu, whilst their oncern is with the
overall policy, only achieves delays and negative investor sentiment. In the
end, this means that the members of Cosatu will suffer more.
Nelson Ramodike, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Labour
06 June 2001