Taking COSATU Today Forward, 16 September 2021

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Taking COSATU Today Forward

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Our side of the story

Thursday, 16 September 2021


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

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Contents                      

o   Workers Parliament: Back to Basics!

  • COSATU Message of Support to the SASCO 30th Anniversary Rally 
  • SAMWU concludes municipal salary and wage negotiations

o   South Africa

  • COSATU Four-Day Central Committee meeting next week (20-24 September 2021)

o   International-Workers’ Solidarity!

  • Energy unions of Indonesia oppose further privatisations

Workers’ Parliament-#Back2Basics

COSATU Message of Support to the SASCO 30th Anniversary Rally 

 

Bheki Ntshalintshali, COSATU General Secretary, 11 September 2021

Programme Director, SASCO Deputy President 

President Bamanye Matiwane, leadership of SASCO Collective 

Members of SASCO National Executive Committee, and leaders of all SASCO structures 

Leadership of the Alliance, comrade Senzo Mchunu representing the ANC, COSATU members of the CEC, comrade Nkosana Dolopi 

Leadership of the Party and YCL 

Leadership of the PYA 

Fraternally organisations 

Friends and comrades, all protocols observed. 

 

COSATU is honoured to be invited to be part of celebrating the 30 years of unbroken struggle and the contribution that SASCO has made. 

30 years in a struggle is a very long time, the journey you have traversed has not been an easy one.

A journey full of challenges and difficulties.

But a journey that we are proud of.

You have produced the best, who have served our movement with pride. Among them are judges, politicians, doctors, advocates, trade unionists, principals, professors etc. 

During this journey, some of SASCO leaders and members paid the ultimate price to ensure that we, enjoy the fruits of liberation.

The sacrifices are not in vain. 

This journey is not over yet, we are expecting more from SASCO moving forward. 

You have the responsibility to ensure that the victories of our struggle are protected and always defended.

This lies almost single-handedly on your shoulders. 

COSATU message to you is multi-fold: 

SASCO has the responsibility to continue producing quality leadership by investing in the young pupil particularly investing in the students and ensuring that government does exactly that.

SASCO should be vocal in reminding those in leadership of both our movement and government that “any movement must invest in the youth, because the youth is the future, and failure to do so, means no future for that movement”. 

In our view, SASCO, must prepare young people both politically and ideologically to enter the labour market.

This is critical for all young workers as capitalism tend to exploit them more. 

For these 30 years of unbroken struggle to be sustained, SASCO must ensure discipline in its full meaning and understanding.

The respect of each other, respect of its constitution and organization. The understanding of organizational centralism, respect of women, high moral integrity, uphold justice. 

Yes, we expect SASCO to ensure that no female student should be a victim of sexual harassment and violence.

That institutions of higher learning are safe for all. 

We urge SASCO members to be exemplary in the society, free of tribal and patriarchal tendency.

Yes, SASCO members should remember the words of DR Chuba Okadigbo when he warned that” if you are emotionally attached to your tribe or politically leaning to the point that truth and justice become secondary consideration, your education is useless. If you cannot reason beyond party sentiments, you are a liability to your mankind”. 

SASCO must ensure that students understand and comprehend the meaning of being educated. There must be understanding as the African idiom says that “education without wisdom is like water in the sand”. 

Let’s impart knowledge and the ability to influence, persuasion without shouting and insulting others. Critical and logical engagement is key in building and moldings future leaders. 

We pin our hopes on SASCO as an organization of student and youth, you represent the future – your future and the future of future generations.

We appeal to you to stand firm against corruption.

Please stand firm and absolute against, gangsterism, drug abuse, corruption, destruction of our economy – allowing all these would mean destroying the future, your future. 

Always remember Professor Soyinka when he spoke about corruption and the future.

He said, “only in Africa will thieves regroup to loot again and the youth whose future is being stolen will be celebrating it”.

SASCO must refuse to be part of that mentality. 

Comrade President and the leadership, your urgent tasks as you celebrate are the following: 

  1. The local government elections are around the corner, it SASCO in particularly and the youth organisations in general that should mobilise young people to defend our democracy and the right to vote. SASCO has the duty to encourage every young person to register and mobilise against voter apathy. Encourage young and old to vote wisely, vote for the future and vote ANC. 
  2. As matter of urgency to mobilise male students to be the defenders of students against gender-based violence by ensuring that in all institutions of higher learning no single female student would ever be abused. 
  3. That Covid 19 pandemic is real, but it can be defeated. Let SASCO mobile all young people to vaccinate. As you celebrate remember the protocols of social distance, washing of our hands, wearing masks and sanitizing 

We wish SASCO another 30 years of militant engagement and carrying the agenda of transformation in all spheres of life but more importantly on education. 

Let’s make education fashionable.

Happy birthday SASCO!

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SAMWU concludes municipal salary and wage negotiations

Dumisane Magagula, SAMWU Deputy General Secretary, 16 September 2021

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has on the 15th September, concluded the long overdue salary and wage negotiations for the country’s municipal workers across the country’s 257 municipalities who are represented by the employer body, the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) in the South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC). 

Salary and wage negotiations for workers in the sector begun earlier in March this year in anticipation of the 2018 salary and wage collective agreement lapsing in June 2020.

This process included many rounds of negotiations, resulting in the issuance of the facilitator’s proposal which was rejected by all parties and ultimately the process went into Conciliation following lodging of separate disputes by all parties.

Following the conclusion of the Conciliation process on the 14th September, the union immediately convened a Special National Executive meeting Committee (NEC). The Special NEC considered the report from the Conciliation and further resolved to mandate the negotiating team to finalise the process culminating in parties reaching an agreement. 

As much as the negotiations were held under a very difficult environment with the current pandemic and the economic challenges, through the necessary pressure on the employer from our members we have:

  • Secured an increment related to inflation as opposed to the originally Zero rate offered by the employer
  • Protected the benefits of all employees in the sector while there was a threat to freeze all benefits 
  • Protected the salary notch increases that the employer intended to take away in exchange for a general increase 
  • Secured the allowance towards employees who cannot afford a bond and do not qualify for RDP housing. 

As per the collective agreement, municipal workers will receive salary and wage increases as follows; 

  1. A 3 year salary and wage collective agreement effective July 2021
  2. A 3.5% salary increase in the first year of the agreement and a salary increase linked to projected CPI in the outer years of the agreement (2022 and 2023).
  3. A once-off amount R4000 for employees earning less than R12500 and R3000 once-off for those earning R12501 and above. 
  4. Sectoral minimum wage to increase by 3,5% salary increase in the first year of the agreement, the increase will be linked to salary increases in the 2nd and 3rd year of the agreement 
  5. Home owners allowance of R965,00 
  6. Parties agreed to negotiate the employer contribution towards medical aid in the process of reviewing the Main Collective Agreement. 
  7. Parties to agreed on a process of investigating the employability of EPWP and CWP employees who are based in municipalities, this investigation will be finalised within 12 months.

On the 15th September, parties in the SALGBC signed off the salary and wage collective agreement with the exception of the employer body, SALGA whose delegating authority, the CEO expected to sign by Friday, 17th September 2021. 

As most municipalities have already concluded their payrolls runs for the months, we expect all municipal workers to receive their salary increases with their October 2021 salaries, backdated to the 1st of July. 

We thank our members and municipal workers in general for their patience in these long and protracted negotiations. This has been a long process that has been characterised by a direct attack and onslaught on collective bargaining. 

Ours is to now regroup and prepare ourselves for the renegotiation of the Main Collective Agreement which is expected to happen in the next few months as the current agreement lapses end of June 2022. 

Issued by SAMWU Secretariat

South Africa

COSATU Four-Day Central Committee meeting next week (20-24 September 2021)

Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu National Spokesperson, 15 September 2021

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) will convene its 7th Central Committee Meeting to be held virtually on a Zoom Platform between the 20th -24th of September 2021. 

The meeting will be convened to assess the progress that has been made in implementing the outcomes of the federation’s 13th National Congress, and to review and adjust our tactics and strategies to deal with the contemporary challenges in the buildup to the federation's 14th National Congress. 

This is not just about fulfilling the Constitutional mandate, but it is about taking steps to build a strong, militant, and fighting federation that is well equipped to defend workers, and successfully wage campaigns that will improve their standard of living and working conditions.

All members of the media are invited to cover the meeting. The meeting will be open to the media on the first ( Monday) and the last day (Thursday).

All those interested in covering the event are encouraged to send a confirmation with an email address where a Zoom link will be sent for the meeting.

This can be forwarded to si...@cosatu.org.za.

(Find the attached programme)

Theme: Deepen the Back to Basics Campaign, Consolidate the Struggle for the NDR and Advance the Struggle for Socialism

-----------------------------------------Day 1----------------------------------------------------------

 

DAY ONE – 20th SEPTEMBER 2021

Chairperson – 1st Deputy President, Mike Shingange

Registration ALL 08h30 – 9h30

• Opening and Welcome 1st Deputy President 09h30 – 9h40

• National Anthem (e-rendition) ALL 09h40 – 9h50

• Moment of Silence (to honour those who have

departed) ALL 09h50 – 9h55

• Presentation and Adoption of Credentials Deputy General Secretary, Solly Phetoe 09h55 – 10h15

• Adoption of the Agenda General Secretary,

Bheki Ntshalintshali 10h15 – 10h30

• Presentation and Adoption of the Central Committee

House Rules

Deputy General Secretary,

Solly Phetoe 10h30 – 10h45

• Acknowledgement of Guests General Secretary

Bheki Ntshalintshali 10h45 – 11h00

• Confirmation of the Minutes of the 6th Central

Committee (2017)

General Secretary

Bheki Ntshalintshali 11h00 – 11h30

• Opening Address by COSATU President President, Zingiswa Losi 11h30 – 12h15

• Message of Support by the ANC ANC President, Cyril Ramaphosa 12h15 – 12h45

LUNCH LUNCH 12h45 – 13h45

• Presentation of Secretariat Report (Political,

organisational, Socio- economic and International)

General Secretary,

Bheki Ntshalintshali 13h45 – 17h00

 

----------------------------------------------Day 2-----------------------------------------------------

DAY TWO – 21st SEPTEMBER 2021

Chairperson – President, Zingiswa Losi

• Message of Support by the SACP General Secretary

Dr Blade Nzimande 09h00 -9h30

• Presentation of the Discussion Documents and outline

the process of Commissions

General Secretary,

Bheki Ntshalintshali 09h30 – 10h30

• Break into Commissions ALL 10h30 – 17h00

• Resolutions Consolidation & Drafting Begins Resolutions & Drafting Committee with

Scribers and Rapporteurs 17h00 – 20h00

 

-----------------------------------------------Day 3-------------------------------------------------------

DAY THREE – 22nd SEPTEMBER 2021

Chairperson – 2nd Deputy President, Louise Thipe

• Report back from Commissions and Resolutions

Discussions Chairperson 09h00 – 11h30

• International messages of Solidarity Fraternal organisations 11h00 – 12h00

LUNCH LUNCH 12h00 – 13h00

• Report-backs from Commissions and Resolutions

Discussions (Continue) Chairperson 13h00 – 17h00

• International messages of Solidarity Fraternal organisations 30 mins

• Resolutions & Drafting Committee Continue Resolutions & Drafting Committee Convenor Solly

Phetoe 17h00 – 20h00

 

--------------------------------------------Day 4--------------------------------------------------------

Day FOUR – 23rd SEPTEMBER 2021

Chairperson – 1st Deputy President, Mike Shingange

• Presentation of Draft Declaration for consideration Chairperson 09h00 – 10h00

• Discussions and Adoption

of Declaration Chairperson 10h00 – 11h00

Closing Remarks by

COSATU President President, Zingiswa Losi 13h00 – 13h30

Issued by COSATU

International-Solidarity

Energy unions of Indonesia oppose further privatisations

  • SEP 14, 2021

Years after successful fights against energy privatisation, unions are again mobilising to block under-handed political manoeuvres to privatise parts of the national energy system. Read the letter sent from PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli to Indonesian president Joko Widodo.

The union’s successes, including before the Constitutional Court, drew the anger of many powerful interests in Indonesia, which spent untold funds and time to undermine the powerful energy union SP-PLN.

After a long period focusing on these attacks, the unions are back on the offensive, fighting to preserve public ownership and control of the national energy system. PSI actively supports the energy unions in this fight, and to secure a just and equitable transition to a low-carbon public electricity system.

LETTER

Dear President Widodo,

Solidarity greetings from Public Services International (PSI).

PSI is a global union federation of more than 700 trade unions representing 30 million workers in 154 countries. We bring their voices to the UN, ILO, WHO and other regional and global organisations. We defend trade union and workers’ rights and demand universal access to quality public services.

We and our affiliates in the energy sector in Indonesia namely Serikat Pekerja PT PLN Persero (SP PLN Persero), Persatuan Pegawai PT Indonesia Power (PP IP), and Serikat Pekerja PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali (SP PJB), strongly reject the efforts to privatise, through merger of several state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and their subsidiaries into a holding company.

Currently, the Ministry of SOE plans to form a holding company for geothermal and steam-coal power plants, which specially for geothermal will be separated from the government-owned PLN. After forming a separate holding company, the assets and shares will be sold through initial public offerings (IPO).

Mr. President, the Indonesian Constitutional Court decided that any attempt to privatise the electricity, in any form, is unconstitutional. The Constitutional Court asserts that electricity is a sector of production which is important for the country and affects the life of the people. Therefore, as mandated by article 33 paragraph (2) of the Indonesian Constitution 1945, electricity must be under the powers of the state (Constitutional Court decision No. 001-021-022/PUU-I/2003, on Judicial Review of Law No. 20 of 2004 on Electricity on page 334, and Decision No.111/PUU-XIII/2015, on Judicial Review of Law No. 30 of 2009 on electricity, page 103). Electricity is a necessity, of strategic importance to the country and impacts the lives of all Indonesians. The government must keep ownership and work to ensure universal access and a just and equitable transition to low-carbon generation.

Privatisation of energy services will not enable universal access nor allow the urgent transition to low-carbon generation, as required in the Paris Climate Accords (Indonesia pledged to reduce greenhouse emission as much as 29% by 2030 by increasing the use of renewable energies up to 23% of the total national consumption by 2025). Recent reports from the International Energy Agency demonstrate that private energy companies are not able to make the transition to low-carbon electricity production, as their profit streams depend on access to cheap fossil fuels.

Once in private hands, the priority will be to manage the energy systems to extract as much profit as possible in the shortest possible time. Private operators will increase tariffs or demand higher public subsidies. They will find excuses not to serve the poor or outlying areas. Their extracted profits will likely be exported from Indonesia. As well, the companies buying the shares will use all their power to influence the Indonesian political system, such that laws and regulations are written and implemented in their favour.

These are facts that PSI has collected in the countries where energy has been privatised. A few will profit immensely, will reap public subsidies and regrettably, distort both the political process and the energy system.

In fact, many governments that experienced the ills of privatisation are working to take back control of these public services. The private sector promises of new investments, greater efficiency and lower tariffs have almost universally failed to materialise.

Indonesia is duty-bound, as enshrined in its Constitution, to keep electricity under public ownership and control. The PT PLN is the state agency that has the authority to provide electricity to the people of Indonesia. PT PLN has proven, time and again, with its experience managing and operating electricity assets that it is able to provide reliable and affordable electricity to the people and businesses of Indonesia.

It is out of deep respect that we write this letter. We are willing to meet with whomever Your Excellency designates to share our experience of over 40 years of problematic privatisations. The energy unions of Indonesia stand ready to support a national energy strategy which meets the needs of all Indonesians and meets its commitments to the Paris Climate Accords.

Respectfully,

ROSA PAVANELLI
PSI General Secretary

Cc

1. Mr Erick Thohir, Minister State Own Enterprises Republic of Indonesia (Email: pendok...@bumn.go.id and kbum...@bumn.go.id)

2. Mr Zulkifli Ali, President Director, PT PLN Persero (Email: zulkifl...@pln.co.id)

3. Mr Amien Sunaryadi, President Commissioner & Independent Commissioner, PT PLN Persero (Email: amien.s...@pln.co.id)

4. Mr. M. Ahsin Sidqi, President Director, PT Indonesia Power (Email: ahsin...@indonesiapower.co.id)

5. Mr. Mohamad Oemar, President Commissioner, PT Indonesia Power (Email: mohama...@indonesiapower.co.id)

6. Mr. Gong Matua Hasibuan, President Director, PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali (Email: gong....@ptpjb.com)

7. Mr. Sriyono D. Siswoyo, President Commissioner, PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali (Email: sriy...@gmail.com)

8. All PSI affiliated unions:

__________________________

Norman Mampane (Shopsteward Editor)

Congress of South African Trade Unions

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