All the strikers are back at work and it is payroll week this week, I have to pay them on Friday to ensure that the money is in their bank accounts on Monday.
And now the reality of the this nice 2 week long “holiday” of dancing and singing has sunk in. Our cleaning lady / tea lady has now been in tears for 2 full days. She does not have any accrued leave and now she is only going to get half her salary this month. And now we have decided that we’ll give her a 10% increase as well because – “shame” – not that she belongs to a union at all but we feel sorry for her. She is the only office employee to get an increase.
The guys in the workshops are all scrambling saying they’ll work all the way through December if they can only take leave now etc etc.
Lots of tears and lots of upset people.
Well you dumb asses you should’ve thought about that before you decided to go on strike! The office workers are not getting a cent in increases and you are all getting 10% but no you are still not happy. Hell you may be the only ones to actually get a salary this month because as always you will come first and the poor suckers in the offices may have to wait for their salaries until somewhere in August.
And the best of all now they all of a sudden wants to come and borrow money because they do not have money for transport or food or need doctors etc.
Make no mistake I feel so sorry for some of these people trying to survive on R4,000 a month but surely R4,000 a month is better than nothing because it is most probably going to happen sooner or later at my company and I’m sure at many more companies who is in dire straits and just can not afford a 10% payroll increase.
Life is expensive and it is tough out there but the economy is in ruins.
Whilst driving around this morning looking for Diesel I started to look around me and all I see is ruin and decay. Potholes, broken street signs, no street names, dirty pavements, striking people and a struggle to get diesel and have reliable electricity etc etc.
I’m really starting to doubt if our decision to come back to SA was the correct one.
And now I’m torn in two by a mother that absolutely loves her grandchild and would fall to pieces if we should leave and the urge to give my child a better life and make sure that I can actually be with her when she is a grown up with children of her own. So I know how my mom would feel if we leave because I can imagine my own feelings if Zoe should leave. What a double edged sword!
Sorry I’m just really angry at everything happen in this country today.
And now there are the rumours about the rental properties and the taxes on it. Surely the cows are going to stop giving any milk if they are being milked dry day after day after day.