Taking COSATU Today Forward Special Bulletin, 20 October 2021

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Taking COSATU Today Forward Special Bulletin

‘Whoever sides with the revolutionary people in deed as well as in word is a revolutionary in the full sense’-Maoo


Our side of the story

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

‘Deepen the Back to Basics Campaign, Consolidate the Struggle for the NDR and Advance the Struggle for Socialism’

All workers urged to take Covid19 vaccine jabs!

Organize at every workplace and demand Personal Protective Equipment Now!

Defend Jobs Now!




  • Workers Parliament: Back to Basics!
  • Media Accreditation for the upcoming NUM National Policy Conference 26th-27th October 2021 in East London, at International Convention Centre
  • South Africa
  • Media invitation to NEHAWU 12th National Congress
  • International-Workers’ Solidarity!

Workers’ Parliament-Back2Basics 

Media Accreditation for the upcoming NUM National Policy Conference 26th-27th October 2021 in East London, at International Convention Centre


Livhuwani Mammburu, NUM National Spokesperson, 19 October 2021

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will hold its National Policy Conference from 26-27 October 2021 where a range of policy issues within the sectors where the NUM is organising would be discussed and future plans are outlined.


The policy conference, which would be taking place at East London International Convention Centre (ICC) is organised under the theme “Back to Basics Means to Engage in Recruitment and Service to Members”.


Amongst the speakers invited to address the conference are leaders from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), the African National Congress (ANC), the South African Communist Party (SACP) 1st Deputy General , the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) and the IndustrALL Global Union.


]The Minister of Mineral Resources & Energy (DMRE) Gwede Mantashe  and the Minister of  Employment & Labour Thulas Nxesi are scheduled to address the policy conference.

Due to the high-security nature of the conference and in respect to the country’s Covid-19 Level -1 regulations, members of the media are urged to apply for accreditation timorously.

The NUM will not be able to entertain the last-minute request for accreditation.


For accreditation purposes, members of the media can forward their details i.e names, contact details and the name of the media house they are from to mamm...@gmail.com<mailto:mamm...@gmail.com> or lchi...@num.org.za<mailto:lchi...@num.org.za>.

The full programme will be distributed soon to accredited journalists.


For more detailed information, please contact:


Livhuwani Mammburu, NUM National Spokesperson, 083 809 3257

Luphert Chilwane, NUM Media Officer, 083 809 3255


The National Union of Mineworkers 

7 Rissik Street. 

Cnr Frederick  


Tel: 011 377 2111 

Cell: 083 809 3257 

Web: www.num.org.za<http://www.num.org.za

Twitter: @Num_Media 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/NUM/100860023402167

South Africa 

Media invitation to NEHAWU 12th National Congress

Lwazi Nkolonzi, NEHAWU Acting National Spokesperson, October 20, 2021

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] will be holding its 12th National Congress under the Theme “Strengthen workplace organisation to defend collective bargaining, deepen class consciousness and advance internationalism"  as from the 03rd – 06th November 2021 at Birchwood Hotel, Boksburg, Gauteng.

The national congress is the highest decision-making body of the union and has powers to adopt new policies, resolutions and also elect new National Office Bearers [NOBs]. The congress will be attended by delegates drawn from all structures of the national union and will assess progress made in the implementation of its resolutions since the last congress that was held in 2017. 

The congress will also adopt a reviewed Medium Term Strategy - the Strategic Policy Framework [SPF] and the (10) Ten Year-Plan of the national union post the 12th congress which maps a way forward for the national union.

The 12th Congress will represent a historic moment for NEHAWU, as the union will be launching a Book recording its history since its inception in 1987 and also it will be celebrating the Centenary of the Vanguard, the South African Communist Party (SACP) during the congress.

Our congress will be blessed by addresses from the Tripartite Alliance [ANC, SACP and COSATU] and international fraternal organisations [World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) and Trade Union International Public Service &Allied (TUI – PS&A).

The 12th National Congress is scheduled as follows:

Date: 03 – 06 November 2021

Venue: Birchwood Hotel, 14 View Point Rd, Bartlett AH,


Members of the media are invited to attend, cover and report on the important proceedings of the congress. To confirm attendance, journalists are requested to send their responses to the Acting National Spokesperson - Lwazi Nkolonzi by email lwa...@nehawu.org.za.

The following information should be included in the confirmation reply for accreditation and logistical purposes:

·        Name and Surname

·        Name of Media Institution

·        Contact details [email and cell phone number]

Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat

For further information, please contact: Lwazi Nkolonzi (Acting National Spokesperson) at 081 558 2335 or email: lwa...@nehawu.org.za

Visit NEHAWU website: www.nehawu.org.za



WFTU Solidarity with the dock workers in Trieste Italy

19 Oct 2021


The World Federation of Trade Unions condemns the police violence, the state and employer terrorism against the dockers in the port of Trieste in Italy.

Under the pretext of the corona virus the government and the employers are attempting to implement the GREEN PASS for the entry of workers to their workplaces. In reality, what they want is to load the burden of health and safety in workplaces on the backs of the workers.

Health and safety in workplaces is the sole responsibility and cost of the employers, not of the workers.

The World Federation of Trade Unions, as an international class organization, with its 105 million members in 133 countries in the five continents, expresses its support with the workers’ struggle, demands an immediate end to the threats of dismissals and recalls against workers.

All workers’ legitimate demands to be respected.



ILO to release new report on the effects of COVID-19 on labour markets

20 October 2021

GENEVA (ILO News) – The International Labour Organization (ILO) will publish the 8th edition of its Monitor report series that tracks the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers and businesses worldwide.

The ILO Monitor: COVID-19 and the world of work. Eight edition, and accompanying press release, will be published on Wednesday 27 October.

This flagship report gives a global overview of how countries are grappling with the recovery, eighteen months into the crisis. Based on new data, it provides a detailed picture of the different recovery trends between developed and developing countries.

The report also analyzes the impact of vaccination rates on labour market by region, and the distortions the COVID-19 crisis is having on productivity and enterprises.

The report and all associated materials will be under STRICT EMBARGO until Wednesday 27 October at 10:00 GMT (12:00 CEST).

For UNOG-accredited correspondents, an embargoed virtual press briefing will take place on Wednesday 27 October from 08:00 to 09:00 GMT (10:00 to 11:00 CEST). Login details will be sent to journalists ahead of the briefing.

Recognized regional journalists will be able to follow the virtual briefing via YouTube. The link will be sent in advance.

Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, and Sangheon Lee, Director, ILO Employment Policy Department and leader of the team compiling the ILO Monitor, will present the findings at the press briefing.

Embargoed copies of the report and the press release can be made available to recognized media on request.

Audio of the briefing will be available to the UNOG press corps and registered journalists after the press conference.

For further information and to arrange media interviews please contact the ILO Department of Communication:
 news...@ilo.org .

For broadcast coverage and interviews, please contact: 
multi...@ilo.org .


U.S. film and TV bosses have no time to lose as strike looms


15 October 2021

As the countdown begins for nationwide strike action by over 60,000 crew members in the U.S. film and TV industry, UNI Global Union urges the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to bargain seriously and address the inhumane working hours and low pay that dominate the sector.

UNI affiliate, the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), has set a date to begin strike action on 18 October, unless the AMPTP can meet demands to improve working conditions that make life miserable for workers, and even endanger their lives.

“The pace of bargaining doesn’t reflect any sense of urgency,” Loeb said. “Without an end date, we could keep talking forever. Our members deserve to have their basic needs addressed now.”

As the industry opens up in the wake of the pandemic, and streaming services push demand for content at to an all-time high, back-to-back filming has put pressure on crew members like never before. Speaking at a UNI Americas meeting on 13 October, John Lewis, Vice President at IATSE, said:

“We have a clear message: respect the workers at the workplace in the sense of rest, time to eat, and the long hours that prevent that from happening. Our membership is tired, fatigued and has had enough.”

Inhumane working hours are a problem worldwide, with producers often finding it cheaper to pay penalties rather than hiring more staff or increasing production time.

UNI General Secretary, Christy Hoffman, said:

“We know that a strike is the action of last resort whenever it comes to collective bargaining. But if a strike is necessary to correct the egregious problems the workers face in this industry, then IATSE is ready.  Its members are united, the public is behind them, and the workers around the world are in full support of their determined campaign for dignity. Because every worker in this industry - no matter here they are in the world - has a stake in the outcome of this bargaining. Solidarity from UNI Global Union.”

UNI affiliate in the UK, Bectu is currently meeting with producers’ association Pact and are united in demands for fair hours.

Speaking to industry publication, Variety, Bectu’s Spencer MacDonald said that the lockdown had given many members perspective on their working hours: “They’ve had time to pause and think about the sort of industry they want to work in. And I’ve never seen anything like [it] in terms of the response from some of the crew now, [who are] pushing for the change.”

UNI Global Union will next month publish findings on working time in the film and TV industry from a survey of 28 unions in 20 countries representing over 150,000 crew members


Norman Mampane (Shopsteward Editor)

Congress of South African Trade Unions

110 Jorissen Cnr Simmonds Street, Braamfontein, 2017

P.O.Box 1019, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa

Tel: +27 11 339-4911 Direct line: 010 219-1348



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