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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    I know that there are various opinions on unions here, and the pros and cons. Although I am fairly neutral on unions in general myself, I thought I would share here what unions tend to be like here in South Africa.

    The local massive union for security guards, Satawu, has been striking for a couple of weeks now here. The strikes have gotten violent, with the strikers vandalizing, assualting folks, shooting, stabbings, etc....

    Yesterday they marched past the embassy here, I was out front of the building watching(inside the embassy wall). Thousands (6,000 according to the news here) of angry strikers marched past, almost all had clubs. Some stopped and threw stones at me, but i was too far back too hit. They smashed the windows out on 20 or so cars on the street in front(my South African collegues cars), dumped over my buddy's BMW and about 6 guys jumped up and down on it, broke the windows in the front entrance screening area on the street.

    A police helicopter that was following the mob down the street did a fast turn when he saw the group had stopped at the embassy. He was very low and had to flare at the last minute when he realized he was right up on the embassy building. I figured he missed the building by 5-10 feet.

    I saw some pics tonight of what some of these guys did a couple blocks up from here before they got to the embassy.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2000
    Eastern PA
    There is no limit to how stupid people can be when organized en masse.
    Government is a disease...
    ...masquerading as its own cure…
    Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Northern Indiana
    Is Tinner the one in the red shirt?

  4. #4
    With all due respect to the topic, there are far worse things happening in Africa than a bunch of thugs charading as union protesters. That's not a protest,it's a riot.
    Hundreds of thousands of refugees are fleeing armed Sudanese murderers intent on nothing more than power and land grabbing while enslaving and killing as they go.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    chicago suburbs
    Originally posted by daytonafan
    Is Tinner the one in the red shirt?
    that's funny!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    where the beer flows like wine
    My fellow South African tradesman, labor unions here in the good old USA, do the same thing from time to time, they have not tolerance for dissent or respect for others, thanks god, their end is near, membership is at an all times low and corruption rampant among union leaders.
    How is everything in your neck of the woods? Any white people left down there?.
    Years ago I met one of your countryman at a HVAC expo in New Jersey, he claimed to be the inventor of the condensate trap/pan overflow protection devise, the switch/float deal. Quite an interesting fella, he gave some free sample and we had a long talk about your country’s situations, I can only wish after some years thing had gotten better.

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