Is freedom a reality for all the workers?
We just came out of a very significant long weekend for our country. Freedom day on the 27th of April commemorating our first democratic election in 1994 and Workers day on the 1st of May. It is a time of rest and reflection on the state and quality of our freedom.
For a large number of South African workers; freedom has not come yet. Their economic situation remains largely unchanged and this continues to the next generation. They have to watch their children grapple with unemployment, low wages and lack of access to opportunities for advancement in the workplace.
The work of dismantling inequalities burdens the marginalised. They don’t have the luxury of ignoring it as it affects they are day to day lived experience. However, this doesn’t mean that anyone else is exempt from this work. Even if they might pretend it is.
In IsiZulu we say ‘umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu’. Which means you can’t be a human being independently of the rest of humanity. Individuality is an illusion. The phrase: until all of us are free, none of us are free is still true. Those who believe that this work is not their responsibility, are deluding themselves. The current state of our corporate cultures is toxic for everyone, it is unsustainable in its current state.
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