Necsa and unions still engaging in wage negotiations

Engineering News reports that the SA Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) on Tuesday said it was still engaging with the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) and the Pelindaba Workers’ Union (PWU) on salary increases and conditions of service.  The two unions, acting jointly, are demanding increases of 7% to 12% and notified Necsa of a possible strike if their demands were not met.

Negotiations started in May, with the unions submitting 11 demands.  The unions declared a dispute after the second round of negotiations, which they also referred to the CCMA.  “The negotiations with both unions are still in progress and will continue until a resolution is reached.  We remain optimistic on reaching an amicable agreement with the unions through the negotiation process,” Necsa stated.

Ref: SALabourNews

CWU to hold press briefing on Thursday 28th July 2016

The Communication Workers Union will be holding media briefing to speak on the following:
*  Strike in Telkom, Trudon and WNS
*  Outsourcing in MTN

 Details of the conference are as follows:
Date :      Thursday 28th July 2016
Venue :   222 Smith Street , 20th Floor , Braamfontein, JHB
Time   :    11: 00 am

For more information please contact General Secretary, Aubrey Tshabalala on 061 48111080.

Ceppwawu serves strike notice on employers in chemical industry

ANA reports that the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) has served a 48-hours’ strike notice on employers in the chemical industry, the National Petroleum Employers Association and also the National Bargaining Council for the Chemical Industry.

General secretary Simon Mofokeng said on Monday the union was demanding a 9% wage increase against the employers’ offer of 6.5%.  The union is also seeking a minimum monthly wage of R8,000, a one-year agreement and for non-continuous workers to be covered by the shift allowance  The strike notice follows deadlocked wage talks.

Read the report at Business Report

COSATU North West: Memorandum to Lafarge Holcim Cement in Lichtenburg

The Congress of South African Trade unions in the North West province together with the community and Tribal Authority of Bodibe have gathered here not because we wanted to, but because of the continued attitude of the management of Lafarge in particular the HR Director, who has failed to transform the company. On the contrary, the HR Director has encouraged that workers must be exploited or targeted when they raised their dissatisfaction.

COSATU have been reliably informed by NUM that the company has entered into an agreement with them but failed to implement it. We view the action as arrogance and union bashing. We will make sure that Lafarge respect the union and its members by implementing the decision taken. The company attempted to forcefully relocate the full time shop stewards from Lichtenburg to Head Office so that they can be able to exploit members of NUM.

Why is relocation done after the full time shopstewards requested the company to implement the agreement of housing subsidy and closing wage gap?  It is clear that he is being shifted to Head Office because he is deemed a problem and the company must deal with him so that they destroy NUM in Lafarge and that cannot be tolerated. We are aware that the full-time shopsteward is a target again because he is part of the Tribal Council of Bodibe and he knows that the company failed to honour commitments and agreement entered to with the Tribal Authority. The Tribal Authority of Bodibe has been raising complains to the company but the company chose not to engage with Tribal Council. 
This is a clear indication of how arrogant Lafarge company is!

Cosatu supports all the demands of Tribal Authority of Bodibe and based on the above we demand the following:

  1. That all workers to return to their respective work unconditionally.
  2. That the company meet with Cosatu and NUM to resolve all issues that workers have raised such as Housing subsidy and closing wage gap.
  3. That the company must cancel suspension of Fulltime shop stewards and he must resume his duty immediately.
  4. That company must meet with Cosatu and Tribal Authority of Bodibe to engage on issues that affect both community and workers who reside in that area.
  5. That the HR Director lead a process of transformation in the company. 

COSATU Limpopo supports NUM Foskor Branch March taking place today

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in Limpopo is fully supports the protest march by the National Union of Mineworkers, Foskor Branch in Phalaborwa planned as follows:
Date                            : 22 July 2016
Assembly point           : Foskor Mine, Main Security Gate
Destination                 : Moshate House
Time of Departure      : 12h30

The following are some of the demands to be presented in a memorandum to the mine management and the Board of Directors:

  • Payment of bonuses for 2015/2016 financial year
  • Demand that outsourcing of the North Pit must stop immediately
  • Quality business opportunities for local business people
  • Insourcing of clinic and security 

For more information contact Gerald Mkhomazi Twala, COSATU Provincial Secretary at 071 587 2872 or Phillip Mankge, NUM North East Regional Secretary at 083 536 5947

cosatu participate in national day against child labour

The Congress of South African Trade Unions will participate in the National Day against Child Labour as organized by the Department of Labour at Cullinan, in Gauteng. It is on record that there are still 168 million children in child labour, 85 million of whom in hazardous work across the globe. 

COSATU participated in the ILO launching of the International Labour Conference commemorative event in which global unions have declared; End Child Labour in supply chains: It’s everyone’s business. The commemorations are organized under the Theme ‘Let me be the Child’ and are arranged as follows;

Date: 22 July 2016
Venue: Cullinan Community Sports Ground
Time: 09h30

The Deputy Minister of Labour will address the community of Cullinan about the adverse effects of child labour.

Chris Dlamini Memorial Lecture today organised by COSATU gauteng

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in Gauteng has organized a Chris Dlamini Memorial Lecture at Johannesburg today, 22nd July 2016. Comrade Chris Dlamini will be remembered by workers in the formative years of the Workers’ Shield after being elected as the Deputy President.

COSATU General Secretary, Comrade Bheki Ntshalintshali will deliver the lecture. Alliance leadership are also expected to address workers.
Part One: Memorial Lecture
Venue: Johannesburg City Hall
Time: 10h00
Part Two: A March against outsourcing, retrenchment, precarious working conditions, unsafe and un-reliable public transport
All workers at the memorial lecture will march to Employers in Gauteng such as The Department of Transport, Woolworths and Telkom from 14h00. All routes will be communicated at the memorial lecture by Gauteng leadership.

For more information contact:
Dumisani Dakile
COSATU Gauteng Provincial Secretary
Cell: 0827271422

COSATU Free State PEC outcomes

COSATU Free State held its Provincial Executive Committee meeting at Tshepong Mine and hosted by their affiliate NUM. Some of the key issues discussed include their unhappiness with the high number of long serving workers in Sasol who continue to serve under a number of labour brokering companies. They agreed to convene a meeting with the management of Sasol to discuss this matter and demand the immediate permanent employment of the labour broker employees. Should this not happen we would take action to the employer.

On Economic development and job creation, COSATU Free State decided that it would be engaging the provincial government and the municipalities about this matter and ensure that it is taken seriously. One key demand being put forward is for local procurement and a support for local businesses to stimulate job creation. The PEC received a report about the progress on the Section 77 notice at NEDLAC for a possible socio-economic strike should the De Beers bypass go ahead.

They will continue to engage with SANRAL and Department of Transport, and at the same time continue to mobilize the workers and the community against the project. On the high rate of rapes, murder, abuse and gangsterism in the province, the Gender structure program held meetings in Botshabelo with the civil society organizations including the churches and  agreed to launch their campaign on July 21 2016 in Botshabelo in a form of a mass prayer session.

Enquiries: Provincial Secretary Monyatso oa Mahlatsi @010 219 1373 or 076 115 9923

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Nehawu to continue Parliament strike over bonuses

eNCA reports that  Nehawu has vowed to continue with strike action after its members accused Parliament of backing away from a deal to pay workers performance bonuses. The CCMA dismissed workers’ requests to have their bonuses affirmed, but insisted that both parties must continue negotiating.

Parliament believes the ruling shows that officials acted in good faith. Five workers have been suspended pending disciplinary action. Nehawu’s provincial secretary, Eric Kweleta said there are no winners or losers in this case. “The CCMA just reaffirmed our position that this is depute resolution process that are there. They’ve since instructed both parties must by the end of September resolved their matters.”

NUM declared a wage dispute with Eskom

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has this afternoon declared a wage dispute with Eskom after both parties have reached a deadlock. The NUM demands a wage increase of 12% for the highest paid employees and 13% wage increase for the lowest-paid employees. Eskom offers an increment of 7%. The NUM and Eskom could not find a common ground and the dispute will be referred to the CCMA as of Monday.

The NUM is extremely disappointed and angry that Eskom still refuses to close the apartheid wage gap within the company. It is a matter of fact that white employees still earn more money than black employees within Eskom even when they do the same job. This is a serious discriminatory practice that Eskom must address as soon as possible.

The NUM other demands are now as follows:
• One year wage agreement.
• Selling of leave.
• Apartheid wage gap.
• Abolishment of T4 Grade.
• Housing allowance of R5000 per month.

The NUM deplores Eskom ‘s dirty tactics and the arrogant attitude displayed during the wage negotiations. The NUM remain unshakable on its demands and it will not and never accept Eskom ‘s insult wage increase of 7%.

For more information, please contact:
Helen Diatile: NUM Chief Negotiator at Eskom: 082 809 3270
Paris Mashego: NUM Energy Sector Coordinator: 079 517 1758
Livhuwani Mammburu: NUM National Spokesperson: 083 809 3257