Supply & demand

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Tweefo (July 28, 2009, 17:31:34 PM):
Just saw a news headline "South Africa unemployment 23%". Also in the news is the municipal worker's strike. They demand a 15% hike. Everybody wants more money but with an over supply of workers, can your demands be so high? Employers find it very difficult to get rid of workers once they are employed. This is not free market. The workers need protection but I think they have far to many rights. We need a Margaret Thatcher to put the unions in their place. If you want more money you find a job that pays more. Those unemployed will be happy to work for half of what these workers are earning at the moment.

As you can see here I am an employer, not a employee so I see the issue only from one side. In the end they will probably get the increase and we will pay more on our rate and taxes.
cyghost (July 30, 2009, 08:24:20 AM):
Some of these people get less than R3000 a month... I'd so be striking, it ain't funny.

The way they go about doing it however, cannot be condoned in any way or form. They simply shoot themselves in the foot.
Mefiante (July 30, 2009, 08:47:43 AM):
They simply shoot themselves in the foot.
…inflicting a wound they then have to treat themselves anyway, unassisted. It seems so pathetic somehow – I mean that that connection isn’t made.

As for many currently unemployed people being happy to work for a pittance, I’m not sure that’s true. Street-side and parking lot beggars in the big cities (Pta, Jhb at least) are known quickly to “escape” from charitable work havens because their take on the streets is much better.

Rigil Kent (July 30, 2009, 12:00:30 PM):
I'm with Tweefo here - how do you justify withholding services as supposed leverage when such services can mostly be done by anyone? Contra-flippin'-freemarket if you ask me.

'Luthon, I notice we have a kiloposter amongst us. Well done! :)


Mefiante (July 30, 2009, 19:24:28 PM):
'Luthon, I notice we have a kiloposter amongst us. Well done! :)
Thanks! 8) (Achievement celebrated here.)



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