Four mineworkers found dead at Kloof Ikamva Shaft

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has confirmed that four mineworkers have been found dead at Kloof Ikamva Shaft after they went missing this morning. It is not known what is the cause of the incident. This is an operation owned by Sibanye Stillwater. The NUM is angry and concerned at the rate at which mining incidents are happening at Sibanye Stillwater.

“It seems that disasters have become the order of the day at Sibanye Stillwater. This is unacceptable as we don’t sell our lives, limbs or lungs to the industry but our labour to provide for our families. The Department of Mineral Resources Minister and its inspectorate must now act and act hard on this employer or bear the might of NUM,” said Peter Bailey, NUM Health, and Safety Chairperson. NUM sends its deepest condolences to the families of the deceased mineworkers during this difficult time.

COSATU to Present its Submission on Political Party Funding Bill

COSATU will present its proposals and views on the Political Party Funding Bill to the NCOP’s Ad-Hoc Committee at 2pm Wednesday 13 June, Parliament. COSATU welcomes the bill’s prohibitions on parties receiving funding from:
– Foreign governments and agencies;
– South African state organs and state owned companies; and
– The proceeds of criminal activities.

COSATU further welcomes the bill’s requirements for parties to disclose donations that they receive. However COSATU is deeply dismayed that political parties which cry about the bduget deficit, the wage bill etc. and who call for public expenditure to be reduced, the wage bill cut and public service posts slashed; are now all without exception pleading for increased funding from state coffers!  These are the same parties who have voted to increase VAT and many other taxes that are bleeding workers dry.  COSATU rejects any increase in public funding of political parties. COSATU is shocked that the bill allows for political parties to not disclose donations of less than R100 000.  This will in effect collapse the positive anti-corruption intentions of the bill and must simply be deleted.

Unions strike wage deal in public service negotiations

COSATU affiliated Public Sector Unions under the Joint Mandating Committee (JMC) representing the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU), Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union(POPCRU), National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union(NEHAWU), Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA), Public and Allied Workers Union of South Africa (PAWUSA) and South African Medical Association (SAMA) have all signed the 2018/2021 wage deal following close to ten months of protracted negotiations. It’s however the 59, 39% majority of the workers under COSATU who pushed the employer to accede to an average nominal increase of 2, 2% above inflation for all the public servants.

The wage deal will see 7% increase for junior employers for 2018/19. Mid-level employees will receive 6, 5% increase and senior officials will receive 6% increase. The salary adjustments will take place as follows: those receiving their salaries on the 15th, will receive a separate supplementary run and those who are paid between the 25th and 30th, their increments will be included in their end of June salaries.

Why SAMWU has Declared a Dispute

SAMWU has declared a dispute due to the following:

1. The union is not going to be coerced or bullied by the tag team of IMATU and SALGA which seeks to force the facilitator’s proposal down our throats!

2. The employer body (SALGA) has been negotiating in bad faith since negotiations began.

3. The offer on the table is far from the demands put forward by municipal workers.

4. SALGA wants to punish municipal workers for the corruption and mismanagement of municipal finances.

5. Municipal workers simply can’t make ends meet, i.e fuel and VAT increases.

6. SALGA does not plead poverty when Councillors’ perks are approved i.e R6500 housing allowance and R3800 cellphone allowance.

Public Sector Wage Agreement signing notice

Dear DENOSA structures and members.

We hereby announce that DENOSA finally signed the wage and substantive agreement at Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) following the majority mandate from our provinces to sign the agreement. We are fully aware that we did not 100% achieve our mandate as expected, however we have done our best to get what the employer finally tabled, because at some stage the employer reduced their offer to 5.5% and 4.3%, and the equalisation of pay progression was proposed for 2020, and the delinking of housing allowance was tabled to be implemented in 2020.

But we managed to pressure the employer who finally acceded that both these dispensations must be implemented in 2018 respectively although it will be in a staggered form beginning in September 2018 (for more details on the draft agreement, refer to our previous update before the mandating process). Please be advised that before we commenced wage negotiations, DENOSA engaged the services of two research institutions to get the economic outlook of our country which will therefore indicate the likelihood of percentage of salary increase. Taking into consideration the economic performance of our country, both research outcomes indicated that due to the slow economic growth the prediction is that we may get CPI PLUS 1%.

Negotiations on substantive issues are not a once-off occasion but we will endeavour to negotiate on other matters that may inject improvement of conditions of service of nurses as well as incentives. The processes are underway at the Public Health and Social Development Sectoral Bargaining Council (PHSDSBC) where nursing-specific issues are dealt with. We want to also urge our members to attend mandate-seeking and other union meetings to strengthen bargaining and hold our leaders accountable.

From DENOSA

Workers call for total shutdown of Eskom

Mining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday called for a total shutdown of South African state-owned power utility,Eskom, following another collapse in wage negotiations. Eskom workers are demanding a 15% wage increase across the board in a one-year agreement, 80:20 percent contribution to medical aid, R2 000 increase in housing allowance, a ban of labour brokers, and paid maternity leave of six months and a one-month paid paternity leave.

Paris Mashego, NUM’s energy sector coordinator, said that the executive decisions that led to the organisation’s financial woes should not be the worker’s burden, and that Eskom’s zero percent wage offer was yet another imprudent decision aiming at frustrating the workers. “The NUM is disgusted by the level of brutal arrogance shown by the black majority led Eskom negotiating team. The negotiation team has suspended their ability to reason and decided to stick to the straight jacket mandate of zero percent to all demands from NUM,” Mashego said. “The NUM has no option but to react harshly and firm to this nonsensical offer by making sure that our anger is felt right up to the bone marrow of Eskom. A total shutdown is looming.”

Ref: ANA

Metrobus warns of further disruptions

BusinessLive reports that Johannesburg’s Metrobus service has been struggling since Tuesday to transport thousands of commuters in the city due to a strike. Talks deadlocked on Wednesday‚ but were due to resume on Thursday morning.  Union demands include increasing wages in line with the number of years an employee has been employed; increasing the wages of new employees to the Metrobus salary scale; paying long service bonuses; removing employees who have been in acting positions for more than three months and filling those vacancies with permanent appointments within three months; and removing all ticketing machines and replacing them with cashless machines.

SAMWU declares a dispute

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has formally declared a dispute at the South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC) where salary and wage negotiations were being held between organized labour and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) which represents the country’s municipalities and their entities. After 3 rounds of negotiations, the facilitator had presented a proposal to be considered as the basis for an agreement. SALGA has reverted back to their final offer of 6,6% and have decided to suspend Wage Curve negotiations because they failed to get SAMWU to accept the proposal.

The proposal included;
1. 3 year agreement
2. 7% across the board salary increase in the first year of the first year of the agreement
3. Projected CPI plus 1.5% in the second year of the agreement and a further CPI plus 1.25 % in the third year of the agreement.
4. Housing allowance and minimum wage to increase by 7%

During SAMWU’s consultation with its members, the facilitator’s proposal was vehemently rejected by municipal workers as it does not address the financial situation which municipal workers find themselves in.  SAMWU has therefore reverted to its initial demands. As things stand, Municipal Workers are demanding:
1. A single year agreement
2. An across the board
15% across the board salary increase or 3155 whichever is greater.
3. Across the board R2000 housing allowance
4. R10 000 minimum wage for the sector

Poor households will be decimated by the fuel increase

The Congress of South African Trade Unions is deeply alarmed by an increase in the in the price of fuel. This increase will inevitably hit the poor very hard and will make it difficult for most workers to afford basic necessities and take care of their families. COSATU will be engaging a number of trade unions and civil society organizations to discuss a plan of action on how we can get this price down and protect the most vulnerable from the ever escalating cost of living.

Since workers will be struggling to afford public transport fares, the federation encourages them to use the bargaining process to compensate the increase in the cost of living.COSATU calls on government take responsibility for decreasing transport subsidy at a time when the operating costs have increased in these fuel price hikes placing more financial burdens on the working class and poor. The federation also wants government to better regulate price controls in the transport sector.

COSATU Public Sector Unions to brief media

The COSATU unions in the public sector under the Joint Mandating Committee (JMC) representing South African Democratic Trade Union [SADTU], Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union [POPCRU], National Education Health and Allied Workers Union [NEHAWU], Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa [DENOSA], Public and Allied Workers Union of South Africa [PAWUSA] and South African Medical Association [SAMA] will brief the media tomorrow afternoon on the status of the public wage negotiations. The press conference amongst others to respond to the Public Servants Association [PSA].

Leadership of SADTU, POPCRU, NEHAWU, DENOSA, PAWUSA and SAMA will address the media as follows:
Date: Friday June 07, 2018
Time: 14h00
Venue: Parktonian Hotel 120 De Korte St, Wanderers View Estate