UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

ANTI-PRIVATISATION STRIKE

STATEMENT ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
UDM PRESIDENT

The imminent national strike by Cosatu, Nactu and Sanco to voice their opposition to government's privatisation policy could well prove to be a pivotal event in the future of South Africa's economic and political landscape.

It must be recognised that privatisation, or restructuring, is an inevitability from which none of us can run. As with globalisation, the question is not whether it can be avoided, but how we manage it to the greatest benefit of all South Africans.

The UDM calls on Cosatu to reconsider this strike action, and for government to reopen discussions on the implementation of this crucial matter. The theme of such a discussion should be Equitable Change For All South Africans. It must be recognised that all stakeholders in the economy have to find consensus on a common way forward. This implies that all stakeholders will have to make sacrifices, in order for all stakeholders to share the future benefits. That is the only way to narrow the gap between the "haves" and the "have nots".

The UDM is founded on the principle of partnership, recognising that it is not only our democratic duty as South Africans to work together, it is in the final analysis the only sustainable solution. The UDM calls on government and Cosatu to invite all stakeholders to such a discussion so that all South Africans continue on the way forward as partners. The future success of our economy, and our country, is dependent on partnership; we can no longer afford this brewing antagonism between major stakeholders in our economy.

Enquiries:
Bantu Holomisa, MP
UDM President
082 - 552 4156

Cape Town
17 August 2001.