WSF (1999): “Fight Privatisation”
From Workers Solidarity, magazine of the Workers Solidarity Federation, volume 5, number 1, second quarter 1999. Complete PDF is here
Privatisation is the policy of the ANC government and is organised by ministers such as Stella Sigcua, who has promised that the process will speed up. In the middle of August, Minister of Public enterprises, Stella Sigcau, said that privatisation must go faster in South Africa. She says that the big government-owned companies must be sold to big business companies.
The government companies that are going to be sold include
- * ISCOR (iron and steel)
- * ESKOM (electricity)
- * Post Office
- * Railways
- * Sun Air
- * Water services
- * Government services like ambulances.
- * Egoli 2000– government services in Johannesburg are set to be privatised by ANC.
Workers must fight privatisation because it means
* retrenchments and flexibility in privatised jobs
* It is not empowerment because it only helps the rich.
* cuts in social services (water, refuse collection, sewerage, electricity, trains etc.) to poor areas
Public sector unions are the key to fighting ANC’s privatisation plans. This requires trade union independence.
SAMWU: Fighting Privatisation In South Africa
In South Africa, the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) has been at the forefront of efforts to fight privatisation. SAMWU has managed to block the privatisation of refuse removal in Khayalitsha, Cape Town. It has also fought against privatisation in Nelspruit and on the KwaZulu-Natal Coast.
But every step of the way the union is being undermined by the ANC Continue reading