The unions will lose much of their grip. In 2012 we are going to see smaller marches. Where they call for a million workers to march only two hundred will turn up. They will have to re-think their strategies and the way they are managing the unions. The unions have to become manufacturer friendly, rather than seeing the manufacturer as the enemy. In 2012 we are going to hear of these changes.
2012 is going to be a year of engagement whereby the Unions are going to be prepared to talk to the separate industries versus making demands. A platform of true communication will come into place causing COSATU and the different unions to become more of an ally than an enemy to industry. Pressure from both the current economic crisis and their members will cause an easing off in demands. A lot more engagement and real communication between them and the employers will take place.
At Government level regulations will be put in place to limit the power of the unions. The unions will become more prominent in 2012. They may be more visible but less effective.