GM suspends South African output as striking union spurns offer

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Kahnie wrote:

Gee, militant unions wanting decent wages and conditions. Investors want cheap labor working in slave conditions. That’s capitalism for you.

Jul 04, 2014 1:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mikon wrote:

Unions are destructive cancers. If the members do not like the terms on which they initially agreed and got hired, they should quit and look for something better.
OH!!! There is NOT anything better? Too bad… maybe they should be thankful of even HAVING a job.

The current militant union actions are equivalent to an Amerrican IT Engineer going to his boss and demanding an immediate 10% raise, plus five extra vacation days per year, plus a company paid matching fund to his IRA or 401K retirement plan. AND, if he doesn’t get satisfaction, he will plant a Trojan Horse Virus in the company’s servers to severely damage their business. Further, he promises he will slash other employee’s vehicle tires and smash a few windshields to disrupt any normal operations. AND, if fully complied with, the IT Engineer will expect (nay, DEMAND) similar treatment next year… not two to four years down the road.

As to GM being “… the latest victim of relentless labor unrest in Africa’s MOST ADVANCED economy.” REALLY??? If that’s TRUE, then let’s check just how good that status really is.

South Africa was a progressive, thriving country with an expanding economy BEFORE Apartheid. How has South Africa performed since then? Read the following, then YOU decide! NOTE: SA petitions to the United Nations clearly document that the situation has DECLINED since this data was published.

Ethnic groups: Black African 79%, white 9.6%, colored 8.9%, Indian/Asian 2.5% (2001 census)
Death Rate: 16.99 deaths/1,000 population (July 2009 est.) Eighth highest in the world.
Life expectancy at birth: 48.98 years, one of the world’s worst, 212th country in the world.
HIV/AIDS – adult prevalence rate: 18.1% (2007 est.), 4th worst inthe world.
HIV/AIDS – deaths: 350,000 (2007 est.) (NOTE: NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD.)
ECONOMY: GDP – real growth rate -1.8% (2009 est.), Number 141 inthe world and contracting.
Unemployment rate: 24% (2009 est.), 173rd in the world.
Population BELOW poverty line: 50% (2000 est.)
Distribution of family income – Gini index: 65 (2005), SECOND WORST in the World.
Budget: revenues: $74.92 billion, expenditures: $86.26 billion (2009 est.) That is, they are bankrupt.
Inflation rate (consumer prices): 7.2% (2009 est.), 166th highest in the world.
15.13% (31 December 2008, but only to their most credit-worthy customers.
Industrial production growth rate: -7% (2009 est.), 122nd in the world. This condition in spite of being one of the World’s countries with the MOST resources.)
Illicit drugs: Transshipment center for heroin, hashish, and cocaine, as well as a major cultivator of marijuana in its own right; cocaine and heroin consumption on the rise; world’s largest market for illicit methaqualone, usually imported illegally from India through various east African countries, but increasingly producing its own synthetic drugs for domestic consumption; attractive venue for money launderers given the increasing level of organized criminal and narcotics activity in the region and the size of the South African economy
Airports – with paved runways: total: 148, but only 10 with over 3,000 meters length needed for modern jets.
Heliports: 1 (2009) NOTE: ONLY one in the entire country.
Railways: total: 20,872 km, ALL built before Apartheid and now in dire need of repair.

Jul 04, 2014 4:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mikon wrote:

Unions are destructive cancers. If the members do not like the terms on which they initially agreed and got hired, they should quit and look for something better.
OH!!! There is NOT anything better? Too bad… maybe they should be thankful of even HAVING a job.

The current militant union actions are equivalent to an Amerrican IT Engineer going to his boss and demanding an immediate 10% raise, plus five extra vacation days per year, plus a company paid matching fund to his IRA or 401K retirement plan. AND, if he doesn’t get satisfaction, he will plant a Trojan Horse Virus in the company’s servers to severely damage their business. Further, he promises he will slash other employee’s vehicle tires and smash a few windshields to disrupt any normal operations. AND, if fully complied with, the IT Engineer will expect (nay, DEMAND) similar treatment next year… not two to four years down the road.

As to GM being “… the latest victim of relentless labor unrest in Africa’s MOST ADVANCED economy.” REALLY??? If that’s TRUE, then let’s check just how good that status really is.

South Africa was a progressive, thriving country with an expanding economy BEFORE Apartheid. How has South Africa performed since then? Read the following, then YOU decide! NOTE: SA petitions to the United Nations clearly document that the situation has DECLINED since this data was published.

Ethnic groups: Black African 79%, white 9.6%, colored 8.9%, Indian/Asian 2.5% (2001 census)
Death Rate: 16.99 deaths/1,000 population (July 2009 est.) Eighth highest in the world.
Life expectancy at birth: 48.98 years, one of the world’s worst, 212th country in the world.
HIV/AIDS – adult prevalence rate: 18.1% (2007 est.), 4th worst inthe world.
HIV/AIDS – deaths: 350,000 (2007 est.) (NOTE: NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD.)
ECONOMY: GDP – real growth rate -1.8% (2009 est.), Number 141 inthe world and contracting.
Unemployment rate: 24% (2009 est.), 173rd in the world.
Population BELOW poverty line: 50% (2000 est.)
Distribution of family income – Gini index: 65 (2005), SECOND WORST in the World.
Budget: revenues: $74.92 billion, expenditures: $86.26 billion (2009 est.) That is, they are bankrupt.
Inflation rate (consumer prices): 7.2% (2009 est.), 166th highest in the world.
15.13% (31 December 2008, but only to their most credit-worthy customers.
Industrial production growth rate: -7% (2009 est.), 122nd in the world. This condition in spite of being one of the World’s countries with the MOST resources.)
Illicit drugs: Transshipment center for heroin, hashish, and cocaine, as well as a major cultivator of marijuana in its own right; cocaine and heroin consumption on the rise; world’s largest market for illicit methaqualone, usually imported illegally from India through various east African countries, but increasingly producing its own synthetic drugs for domestic consumption; attractive venue for money launderers given the increasing level of organized criminal and narcotics activity in the region and the size of the South African economy
Airports – with paved runways: total: 148, but only 10 with over 3,000 meters length needed for modern jets.
Heliports: 1 (2009) NOTE: ONLY one in the entire country.
Railways: total: 20,872 km, ALL built before Apartheid and now in dire need of repair.

Jul 04, 2014 4:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
atrium wrote:

General Motors the victim?

actually on of the many perpetrators and vicious exploiters….

Jul 05, 2014 5:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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