The Numsa strike in the automotive sector has been called off after an enervating couple of weeks for the sector.
The petrol pump attendants' strike (and subsequent settlement) followed a similar trajectory: a labour dispute that dragged on for weeks before employers agreed to double-digit wage increases. There's another important feature that both industries share: employees' wages are partly subsidised through the fiscus.
This means that the unemployed are subsidising the wages of the employed, albeit indirectly and partially.
There's been a fair bit of debate in the media about poverty, unemployment and inequality in the last few weeks. Some commentators have claimed that inequality is not a serious problem and that unemployment is the bugbear and the boggart to be tackled.
Others believe that inequality is a grievous threat to social stability and cannot be ignored.
The debate is seemingly without end or resolution. The differing sides can't agree on which social ill should be made a priority, nor can they find consensus on who is to blame for our record level of inequality and rate of unemployment.
It might not be constructive to view the economy as a zero-sum game, but it's not far off...