COSATU to present its proposals on Domestic Violence to Parliament

COSATU will present its proposals on domestic violence to the National Assembly’s Portfolio Committees on Police and Women, between 9am and 1pm, Tuesday 28 August 2018 at V474, Parliament.

Key challenges relating to domestic violence include:
– Overhauling SAPS management and deployment,
– Properly training SAPS personnel to deal with domestic violence,
– Appropriate support for domestic violence survivors in police stations and courts,
– Restraining orders and places of safety for complainants;
– Economic dependence of complainants upon domestic violence perpetrators;
– Need for cultural and generational transformation;
– Role of families, educational and religious institutions, work places, media etc.
– Need to tighten up existing laws to reduce excessive consumption of alcohol, reduce availability of fire arms.
– Reduce bail opportunities for domestic violence perpetrators and impose mandatory minimum sentences for convicted perpetrators.

For more information contact Cde Matthew Parks, COSATU Parliamentary Coordinator
Cell: 082 785 0687
Email: matthew@cosatu.org.za

Pikitup suspends Soweto services

SABC News writes that Pikitup services have been suspended in Soweto after employees were threatened with violence. A Pikitup truck was burnt in Diepkloof, Soweto, and another was stoned and damaged in the same area on Friday.

The affected depots are Central Camp and Zondi, where violent protesters demand to be employed despite not meeting the employment criteria. Pikitup spokesperson Muzi Mkhwanazi says it’s still unclear when the services will be back on track.

by Thabile Mbhele

Baragwanath hospital staff back at work

SABC News reports that the Gauteng Department of Health has confirmed that the strike at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto is over. This follows a meeting with labour unions on Monday night where it was agreed that their grievances would be attended to.

The workers at the hospital accuse the management of corruption, maladministration and nepotism. They also demand the removal of the CEO. The CEO has since been placed on special leave.

by Ditaba Tsotetsi

COSATU Western Cape to hold picket at Parliament against job losses

COSATU Western Cape is shocked by the recent trend of retrenchments in the mining sector, and the call of Government to lay off in access on 30 000 Government employees. To voice our concern, COSATU will be having a “Save our Jobs” protest at Parliament on Wednesday 29 August 2018 from 06H30.

The protest is to demand that Government to put a moratorium on job losses and also to put in place urgent steps to stop the job losses and to create more jobs. COSATU is also calling on Government to urgently convene the long awaited Jobs Summit.  A memorandum will be handed over to Government on the Job losses at Parliament at 07:00.

Eskom drops jobs bombshell

BusinessLive reports that Eskom expects to have 7,000 fewer staff in five years’ time, a senior manager at the utility said on Thursday. Unions representing employees at the utility have said they will resist attempts to cut the workforce and fight moves to privatise the company.

“Eskom intends to reduce headcount from 48,678 to 41,613 by 2023 across all levels through normal attrition,” Marion Hughes, a senior manager at the utility said in a strategy presentation. In July, Eskom said it was considering selling noncore assets and job cuts after swinging to a full-year loss.

by Ed Stoddard

To start fixing gender pay gap, don’t ask female job applicants what they currently earn

The Thomson Reuters Foundation writes that asking job applicants what they earned served to entrench the gender pay gap because women often started work on lower salaries. A survey by the Young Women’s Trust, a British charity, found that almost half that country’s employers asked the question during interviews. “Women often start work on a lower salary than men, move to a new job and are paid based on their previous wage, as opposed to what they or the role are worth.

We have to break the cycle that traps women in low pay,” said the charity’s head, Carole Easton.  The practice is already banned in California and the city of New York.  Including wage details in job adverts — which 42% of UK employers surveyed said they did not do — would also help, Easton said.  However, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), an employers’ group, said banning conversations about pay could have unintended consequences.

by Umberto Bacchi
Ref: SAlabournews

DoL welcomes high turnout by former mineworkers

Mining Weekly writes that the Department of Labour (DoL) on Wednesday expressed its appreciation for the overwhelming turnout of former mineworkers in the John Taolo Gaetswewe (JTG) district, in the Northern Cape, who heeded the call to make applications for unclaimed benefits. The campaign has witnessed a turnout of 3 279 potential applications since its launch on May 30. The campaign, which is aimed at former mineworkers who left employment in the mines prior to April 2002.

The campaign will continue in Cassel on September 3, Loopeng on September 4, Kathu on September 5 and Heuningsvlei on September 6, including mop-up work in Kuruman from August 22 to 23 to assist potential applicants who were turned away owing to high influx during this week’s proceedings. The campaign will soon shift focus to the ZF Mgcawu district, in the Northern Cape.

by Marleny Arnoldi

Gold wage negotiations to resume next week

Mining Weekly reports that old wage negotiations continued on Wednesday between gold producers AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold, Sibanye-Stillwater and Village Main Reef and the Association of Mineworkers and ConstructionUnion, Solidarity and Uasa. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) did not attend, as it declared a dispute with the gold producers on Tuesday.

The NUM’s dispute will be referred to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration for facilitation and is one step away from a legal, protected strike action, the union stated. Wage negotiations will continue on August 29.

by Marleny Arnoldi

National minimum wage bill clears parliamentary passage

IOL News reports that the National Minimum Wage Bill was approved by the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday and will now go to President Cyril Ramaphosa to be signed into law. The adoption of the bill, along with enabling the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill, was welcomed by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) as a step that would see the income of 6.4 million South Africans increase.

“This will be a major cash injection into workers’ pockets,” Cosatu said. It also provides for the establishment of a National Minimum Wage Commission which will review the minimum wage level within a year and a half of it taking effect. Employers who fail to comply with the wage will be fined unless they applied for and qualified for exemptions.

by ANA Reporter

Cosatu pushes for parliament to process and adopt PIC amendment law

Moneyweb writes that labour federation Cosatu is pushing Parliament to adopt proposed changes to laws regulating the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), which oversees state workers’ pension investments, to make it more accountable and give unions representation on its board. Parliament’s finance committee is processing the PIC Amendment Bill, but Cosatu fears that the state’s decision to appoint a commission to investigate the fund manager’s governance and operating model could derail its adoption.

The commission will also consider possible changes to the PIC’s founding legislation, memorandum of incorporation and investment decision-making framework.  According to Matthew Parks, Cosatu’s parliamentary liaison officer, if the new law is not passed by the time the current parliament adjourns before the 2019 elections, it could take several more years for the new legislature to process it.  Cosatu wants unions to be able to select their own representatives onto the PIC board and for the fund manager to be given a “developmental investment mandate”.  The PIC oversees about R1.93 trillion in assets.

by Mike Cohen (Bloomberg)
Ref: SAlabournews