“Curiouser and curiouser, Cosatu opposes the FMF, which supports what Cosatu says it wants: jobs for all, free trade unions, collective bargaining, decent work and wages, fair labour practices, and the like, all of which are more abundant to the extent that markets are freer. The FMF wants everyone to be wealthier, healthier and happier. That is why it wants everyone, including the minister and Cosatu, to be free. Not in Wonderland, but in the real world”.
Read Leon Louw’s complete column The curious case of Cosatu’s protest first published by Business Day on BDlive today.
“The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) followed Alice into Wonderland when it picketed against the Free Market Foundation (FMF) on Friday. Instead of a rabbit hole, it fell through a logic hole into a world of curious ideas. Instead of being telescoped far from their feet by Eat Me cake, they were telescoped far from reality by racist sandwiches. Instead of singing flowers, there were singing people with incoherent chants and placards. In the wondrous world beyond the logic hole, “we can strike and we can work”, blacks wanting jobs for the jobless are “elites” exploiting workers they did not employ, what Cosatu opposes it demands, and, lest they be considered cowardly, they chant bravely that they do not fear harmless people.
In a press release on Cosatu’s website, it rejected “with contempt” the FMF’s invitation to join it after the picket with journalists for sandwiches, because, it says, sharing sandwiches is “baasskap” (racial oppression). They made the racist assumption that the people offering sandwiches were white, and that only whites offer sandwiches.
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Having fallen through the logic hole, the leader of the picket explained on camera that what they demand is what they oppose, which makes perfect sense to Alice. The FMF is asking the Constitutional Court to give the labour minister the right to think — to decide, rather than be told by parties to bargaining council agreements, whether to extend agreements to nonparties — which, he says, is also what Cosatu wants”.