Cosatu in Western Cape to strike over transport services on 12 July

Cosatu Western Cape will strike next month over its unhappiness with the state of public transport in the Western Cape. The labour federation last week postponed protest action, saying that the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) misled the media and the business sector by indicating that the required procedures for protected protest action had not been followed.  Western Cape provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said that to protect his members’ job security the strike had had to be postponed.  It has now been decided that it will take place on 12 July 2016 in the Cape Town CBD.  Nedlac spokesperson Kim Jurgensen said that notice of the planned strike was received on 20 June.  She indicated that applications for protest action have to be served with 14 days’ notice, and thus any action after 4 July will be protected.

ALL SYSTEMS SET FOR POPCRU PROVINCIAL MARCHES

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) Provinces will be engaged in nation-wide marches as part of a build-up towards the POPCRU National March to take place on the 14th July 2016 demanding, amongst others;

Department of Correctional Services (DCS)
– The implementation of Occupational Specific Dispensation
(OSD) 2nd Phase
– Filling of all vacant posts at lower levels
– Payment of outstanding overtime since 2009
– Specific Dispensation for all employees 08+ years’
service rank
– Full implementation of all concluded agreements

South African Police Services (SAPS)
– Finalisation of salary upgrades and in cooperation of
PSA appointed members
– Abolition of unconstitutional structures e.g. Clusters
and Regions
– Failure by management to root out racist elements
– The unilateral implementation of decisions
– Abolishment of Trial Units
– Maximum safety of members (Police Killings)

Traffic
– Special dispensation for all employees with 08+ years’ service
in rank
– Nationalisation of Traffic
– Abolishment of Traffic Intervention Elite Units
– Un-procedural implementation of disciplinary matters

The provincial marches are to submit memorandums of demands as follows;

Province

Date

Time

Starting Point

To

Contact

North West

29-06-2016

09h00

Ikageng Youth Centre, Potchefstroom

Wespol SAPS Prov. Office

0824925094

Mpumalanga

29-06-2016

09h00

Mbombela Show Grounds

Provincial Legislature

0729151737

Northern Cape

30-06-2016

09h00

Kemo Hotel, Kimberley

DCS, SAPS, Dept. of Transport

0824924816

Limpopo

30-06-2016

10h00

SABC Park

SAPS Prov. Office, Polokwane

0824924798

Kwa Zulu-Natal

30-06-2016

10h00

Dalles Park , Pietermaritzburg

DCS Regional Office

0727344042

Free State

30-06-2016

09h00

Batho Police Station, Batho Location

Prov. Commissioner’s office, Bloemfontein

0724664022

Eastern Cape

30-06-2016

09h00

Jan Smuts Stadium

DCS Regional office, Quegney

0829728813

Western Cape

30-06-2016

10h00

Goodwood

DCS Regional Office, Monte Vista

0824925059

Gauteng

01-07-2016

10h00

Union Buildings, Pretoria

DCS Regional Office, Pretoria

0824944272

NUM is unhappy with Eskom executives awarding themselves millions of bonuses

The National union of Mineworkers (NUM) is extremely disappointed and saddened by the decision taken by Eskom executives to pay themselves a whopping R6 million per person from the bonus pool of 1.7 billion. Eskom executives deliberately leaked the document to employees to entice on the bonus payout in trying to weaken the NUM during its consultation with the members.

In the meeting with the Eskom’s Group Executive of Human Resources, Ms. Elsie Pule stated that: “ black female employees in Eskom are poor performers as such they deserve below minimum salary increases”. The NUM feels that Ms. Elsie Pule has insulted black female employees who perform three times higher to receive recognition and acceptance in the patriarchal workplace.

The NUM will convene a National Shop Steward Council on the 1st of July 2016, wherein a decision will be taken on the conduct of the Eskom executive. The wage negotiations and the performance bonuses will also be interrogated and the NUM will get the mandate from its members of whether they are accepting or rejecting the offer. The fourth round of wage negotiations will be held on the 13th, 14th, and 15th of July 2016 at CedarWoods in Woodmead.

COSATU condemns both ANN7 and the SABC for unfairly dismissing and suspending workers

The Congress of South African Trade Unions condemns the dismissal of eight {8} ANN7 employees for rejecting and chasing away the ANCYL President Collen Maine from their offices in Midrand. This is an unacceptable and blatant ill-treatment of workers and we demand their immediate reinstatement.
Workers cannot lose their jobs and subsequently their livelihoods because someone’s ego was bruised. Politicians are not primary stakeholders in workplace matters ,and no employee should be coerced and bullied into embracing politicians and political interventions in the workplace against their will. The decision by ANN7 is quite unpardonable because they have dismissed and victimised the very same workers that they accused the banks of victimising. Their actions put into question their commitment to genuinely protecting the workers and their livelihoods.

The federation is uncompromisingly opposed to bullying and intimidation of workers by employers. The Company has reneged on its commitment that it made in a meeting with COSATU to improve the working conditions after the 12th National Congress voted them as the worse employers. We can only conclude that they were never genuine in improving their poor record as employers, and we will ensure that they do not get away with this irresponsible behaviour. COSATU also condemns the SABC’s decision to suspend employees that have raised concerns with regard to its decision not to broadcast the destruction of property during protests. The SABC ought to be the voice of the South African people, informing, educating and entertaining all our communities and reflecting the diversity of our cultural, linguistic, political, religious, sporting and social heritage.
We expect the public broadcaster to deepen its accountability to its audiences and to the general public by being transparent in its activities.

‘Agreement in principle’ in the offing for Post Office and unions

The New Age reports that unions say an “agreement in principle” with the SA Post Office (Sapo) on wage negotiations could be reached today. Aubrey Tshabalala of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) indicated:  “If they are open to correct a few things we disagree with we may do that (reach an agreement).  We are very close, we made great progress from where we were.”  Sapo apparently offered unions a 100% payment on backdated salaries, a 6% salary increase for 2016/17, voluntary severance and early retirement packages due to be implemented from 1 August and the conversion of all casual employees to permanent part-timers on a minimum of 21 hours up to 42 hours a week.

Tshabalala said the sticking points were the conversion of some 900 employees whose contracts had been “frozen” and the 6% salary increase.  The Democratic Postal and Communication Union’s (Depacu’s) Levy Zwane said the majority of his members were happy with Sapo’s offer.  However, the Influential Information and Communication Union of SA (IICUOSA), a non-recognised union representing some 2,000 Sapo employees, expressed its unhappiness over Sapo’s engagements with unions.  The union recently staged a “forcible entry” into Sapo’s headquarters, allegedly damaging property and assaulting workers.

by Bonolo Selebano

Staff at airline caterer LSG Sky Chefs strike over ‘ill-treatment of workers’

TMG Digital reports that about 550 workers from LSG Sky Chefs, which provides catering services to international airlines, are striking against alleged “bullying and shouting” at staff.

Workers belonging to Satawu and NTM are demanding that the company institute disciplinary action against a senior manager for her alleged “ill-treatment of workers”.  The protected strike started on Monday and an interdict application by the company failed.  The unions’ basket of grievances include allegations of favouritism towards certain employees‚ bullying and shouting by management‚ and unfair discrimination as workers are not allowed to wear religious‚ cultural jewellery or hand bands.  Some workers claim to be paid R3,000 a month after several years’ service‚ less than new interns.

Ref: TimesLive

COSATU LIMPOPO TO EMBARK ON ANTI-RACISM MARCH IN TZANEEN

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in Limpopo will be embarking on an Ant-Racism march in Tzaneen. Many of our people in the country and in our province in particular continue to be victims of racist attacks and discrimination at their workplaces and in communities. We still have workplaces where bathrooms are allocated along racial lines. There are racist attacks/assaults cases that were opened in areas like Tzaneen with the SAPS ; yet they have never been to court for almost a year now.

As COSATU ,we reiterate our call for the Provincial Detectives to take over all cases of racial assault in the province. We will be engaging the Human Rights Commission to investigate all cases of racial discrimination as well. Meanwhile, the two suspects who assaulted Mr Johannes Monyela in Tzaneen Sasol petrol station will be appearing at the Tzaneen Magistrate Court on the 27th June 2016. We are therefore inviting our alliance, MDM structures and ordinary black and white people to join our Anti-Racism march planned as follows:
Date                      : 27th June 2016
Assembly point     : Tzaneen Library, next to Greater Tzaneen
Municipal offices
Destination            : Tzaneen Magistrate Court
Time of Departure : 08h00

For more information contact Gerald Mkhomazi Twala,
COSATU Provincial Secretary at 071 587 2872

Post Office union IICUOSA to strike on Monday

Business Report writes that the Influential Information and Communication Union of SA (IICUOSA) said on Thursday that it will strike on Monday at the SA Post Office (Sapo).

It will also march on the Labour Department in Pretoria to highlight what it believes are unfair labour practices at Sapo.  The union said that the parastatal had failed to agree to worker’s demands dating back to 2014 and, despite continued pressure, had still not converted casual staff to permanent employees.  IICUOSA represents about 2,000 of Sapo’s 22,000 employees, but is not a recognised union.  Sapo CEO Mark Barnes on Thursday downplayed the mass action, saying he did not expect a negative impact on operations.  The Communication Workers Union (CWU) commented:  “Negotiations between CWU and (the Post Office) are ongoing and we are making good strides.  Workers affiliated to IICUOSA are being misled by false information of outsourcing.”

by Heidi Giokos

Insourcing victory for UCT workers, students – NEHAWU

Cape Times reports that on 1 July 2016, close to 1,000 workers will become full-time employees of the University of Cape Town (UCT).

In what has been hailed as “a massive victory” for workers, and their allies the students at the university, UCT vice-chancellor Max Price announced that a historic agreement between management and the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) Joint Stewards Council would come into effect next month.  Last year, Nehawu forged an alliance between workers and students that eventually forced the university’s hand into changing its outsourcing policy.  Workers like cleaners and gardeners who had previously been earning just over R3,000 a month will now be taking home more than R7,500 a month, plus benefits.  Price said though that the insourcing project had added to the university’s challenge of financial sustainability.

by Carlo Petersen

Post Office union in programme of action against outsourcing

BDLive reports that Information and Communication Union of SA said on Wednesday it would embark on a programme of action from next week, in protest against outsourcing at the South African Post Office (Sapo). The union said it understood that retrenchments were in the offing, although on Monday, Sapo denied this, saying only voluntary severance and early retirement would be considered. Sapo has previously signed a variety of agreements to end outsourcing.

The union said Sapo was still failing to implement agreements concluded in 2014 to convert staff from casual into permanent employment. The union is due to march on the Department of Labour in Pretoria on Monday to demand, among other things, an immediate end to outsourcing, and that the government immediately nationalise the post office and provide it with funds.  However, communications Workers Union (CWU) general-secretary Aubrey Tshabalala dismissed IICUOSA’s claims, saying there was no outsourcing at the post office and that the CWU was close to reaching agreement on a number of substantive issues. “The public must be at ease,  there is no unrest by post office workers who  must also not be misled about the outsourcing,” Tshabalala said.

by Karl Gernetzky