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“THE National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is to issue a section 77 strike notice at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), warning of rolling mass action against the Treasury over the country’s macroeconomic policy, its general secretary, Irvin Jim, said on Sunday.”
Even in a world of warped ideological fantasies, this is hard to beat. A union of private sector employees is going on strike against…the Treasury! In other words, they want to cripple the productive sectors presumably to deprive Treasury of tax revenue, and thereby teach it a lesson not to employ “bad” economic policies.
How Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim expects this to help his cause is a mystery. But then again, all he really cares about is inflicting economic terrorism on free, peaceful people.
Meanwhile, taxpayers, the people to whom Treasury is truly accountable and who have the greatest cause for grievance against Treasury, quietly and peacefully go about their business and dutifully pay their taxes.
If anyone talks of a tax revolt by tax payers it is denounced as the greatest form of social lawlessness. Yet the unions, afforded special, unjust legal privilege and whose members by and large pay negligible if any income tax, are given the moral space to exert their will through violence, coercion and economic terrorism.
The result? If the perversion of economic justice continues, capital, skills, know-how, knowledge, productivity, peacefulness, and industry will continue to flee to places where they are treated with respect, and Jim and his cronies will be left fighting over a scrap heap.