By Reon Janse van Rensburg
The national treasury has warned of a bloodbath in which millions of working South Africans could be caught. The bloodbath, which is likely to cause irreparable damage to the lives of many South Africans, is a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the national lockdown which prevents thousands of South African companies and their employees from resuming with normal business matters. However, the lockdown prevents ordinary employees and people from exposure to the effects of the virus.
According to the treasury approximately 3 million jobs are currently in danger, but up to 5 million people may lose their jobs if the recovery period takes any longer. Worst case scenario, the unemployment rate will rise above 50%.
Large companies that already form part of the South African economy for decades and which offers thousands of job opportunities to South Africans are currently busy with retrenchments.
This includes companies such as Edcon, SAA, SASOL, Media24 and Comair. Thousands of smaller businesses and organisations are also affected and must follow the same route. Companies such as Denel, ArcelorMittal, schools, the medical sector and other sectors must reduce salaries, remove overtime payment and even change service conditions.
According to Dirk Hermann, Chief Executive of Solidarity the biggest reshuffling of the South African workforce is yet to come. Hermann mentions that Solidarity is especially worried about individuals that are caught in the crisis alone and have no collective protection where a number of people can stand together against the force of the pandemic. The consequences of this pandemic affect every organisation, big and small, and even one-man business are affected by it.
Solidarity’s task is to protect every person in the workplace and to step in on behalf of every employee. Solidarity is familiar with every sad face that turns to them when it is already too late and ordinary people already lost their jobs. Due to this reason, Solidarity encourages every employee who still has a job in this time, to join Solidarity. The challenges people who are already members face at this stage are so enormous that Solidarity do not have the capacity to assist non-members at this stage too. Solidarity as trade union can and is ready to protect your job in the case of unforeseen circumstances. Solidarity is truly here for you and the protection of your job is Solidarity’s top priority.
“The individual employee can get trapped in the gears of Covid-19 workplace restructuring. This is a tragedy that is already taking place. We want to ensure you that Solidarity is here for you and encourage you to reach out to Solidarity today, because tomorrow might already be too late,” said Dr Dirk Hermann, Chief Executive of Solidarity.
Solidarity undertook the task of retraining its workforce so that they can assist people during this large reshuffling of the workforce.
“Solidarity members enjoys protection in this reshuffling, and they are not alone. A legal division of 40 people and 60 labour relation specialists are ready to help every employee,” continued Hermann.
It is truly worrying to Solidarity that there are going to be so many people who will need help but who will be in the position where we cannot help them. Every person is important to Solidarity.
Solidarity wants to ask every Solidarity member to provide us with the names of people who still have a job but who are not a member of Solidarity and to encourage them to join Solidarity.
You as employee who will possibly be caught in this bloodbath cannot afford to be alone in the workplace at this stage. One never knows when fate will come knocking at your door; one is only certain of today. Do not get caught with your guard down. Contact Solidarity today and be ensured of job protection during uncertain times.
To get your own job protection or to refer someone to Solidarity, click here –https://solidariteit.co.za/1-minuut-aansluiting/
(In addition, every member receives a number of benefits that can be enjoyed. To view the list of benefits click here: https://solidariteit.co.za/vakbondvoordele/)
Solidarity is here for you! Your work makes you strong. Become a part of Solidarity’s occupational community today and gain certainty about your future.