Posts from the ‘Public Services’ Category
October 30th, 2013
In the run-up to the 3rd Biennial Labour Relations Conference for the public service, I needed to describe the core issue – creating an environment for innovative and “transformative” bargaining.
Elegant Dancing Hippos
My younger son loves watching “My Animal Family” and started laughing, when the narrator said “Even a Hippo can dance elegantly in water”. Later he would turn it into a riddle. “How does a hippo dance nicely”, he asked. The answer is you guessed it, in water – in an environment suited to its size. My older son, just says the unions must protest!
I had found my theme for the presentation.
April 7th, 2011
Every so often, while on the way to the office, I would stop at the department of education’s district office, which covers Lenasia, Soweto and surrounds to ask the assembled workers why they were protesting. I would quiz the workers about their demands. To be clear, there are times when ‘wild cat’ strikes are needed and obviously there were deeper issues under the surface that needed to be addressed. However, I always left with a deep sense of disappointment that the children were being failed.
February 9th, 2011
A presidential review is underway to determine whether all of South Africa’s parastatals are fulfilling their mandate, creating value and enabling the government to grow the economy. I did an interview with CNBC Africa on the review process being undertaken.
August 21st, 2010
We have been here before. The third major public service strike since 1994 is upon us. During the first major public service strike since democracy, in 1999, trade unions suffered a significant defeat with government’s unilateral implementation of wages. But in 2007, public service unions turned the tables on government conducting an unprecedented strike, and building an unlikely coalition with departments responsible for frontline service delivery. This resulted in the introduction of occupational specific dispensations (OSDs) that put new occupational classifications, promotions and grading systems in place.