As a small business operating in the plastics industry, we have found - through very aggressive recruitment, it was reported by our workers - that a majority of our factory staff during the last six to nine months had become members of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA.
Union members' demands will force us to have to re-evaluate and restructure for future survival, and the longer the strike continues, the greater the possibility of forcing us out of business altogether, putting the livelihood of more than 50 people in jeopardy.
However, this is not the reason for my missive.
The few people in the factory who do not belong to any union are doing our best to keep the business running - we cannot do any production, but there is plenty of finishing off and assembly of products to get on with, and we are all chipping in to try to get some of our orders out. We are severely hampered, though, as for the third day in a row, we have …