3. The lack apparent lack of equity related to earnings between workers and management is further cause for concern, and is in itself an attack on the moral basis of capitalism (something that the mining industry can ill afford). An info graphic from City Press, for example, shows that the income of the top three executives of the company can pay the salaries of approximately 4000 drill operators. It does not go unnoticed that at least one of those three were absent from his post since the strike started. One wonders what the effect would have been if the relevant individual were not there and there was no strike.Would the mine have been crippled the way it was? Maybe and oversimplification but also a sign that we need to rethink the way we see workers, treat them not only as inanimate instruments of the production process, and most of all see their real value!
Marikina cannot be described as a negotiation gone wrong. It constitutes a failure of leadership at all levels, of the HR function, which together with political instability, a community in squalor (several reports confirm this) as well as political opportunism created a “perfect storm” in labour relations. The fall out is that we have a crisis that constitutes a lower ebb, than the most sensitive moments in our countries transition. As HR practitioners we should own up and start playing our role, rather than the politics of our companies!! Our advice and professional courage could be the difference between life and death!