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COSATU Media Briefing tomorrow on the details of the 07th October National Strike
Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu National Spokesperson, 04 October 2021
The Congress of South African Trade Unions will convene a Media Briefing tomorrow at 11:00am to communicate the details of a planned National Strike on Thursday, 07 October 2021.
The legally protected strike will be focused on both the public and the private sector.
Workers are currently under siege both in the private and public sector, and the time for a pushback is now!
The details of the media briefing are as follows:
Venue: COSATU House
Date: 05 October 2021-tomorrow
Issued by COSATU
NUM supports the wage demands of workers in the Metal and Engineering Industry Bargaining Council
Mawonga Madolo, NUM Metal Sector Coordinator, 03 OCTOBER 2021
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) supports the genuine wage demands of workers in the Metal and Engineering Industry Bargaining Council (MEIBC). Currently, the employers are offering workers 4.1% while workers led NUMSA are demanding 8%. As NUM we strongly believe that a 4.4% increase is not sufficient as it stands if the plight of workers is taken into account.
Workers in this sector have made significant contributions to keep the industry afloat during the Covid-19 pandemic, they have endured wage cuts, short working hours amongst other things. Furthermore, these workers were subjected to a zero wage increase for the year 2020/21. With all these sacrifices by workers on the other hand the employer gained profits during the same period.
NUM also rejects the ongoing attack on collective bargain by right-wing employer organizations like NEASA. These organizations have nothing to offer but are content on liquidating the collective strength of workers to give unchecked power to the bosses.
NUM is not yet party to the Council (MEIBC) but it has thousands of members in the sector after the extension of its scope and Amalgamation of LIMUSA and therefore has a vested interest in the outcomes of negotiations. We have started the process to engage the Council on the requirements to be a party, with very clear objectives to defend and strengthen collective bargain to improve conditions of our members.
NUM is calling for sanity to prevail on part of the employers in the Engineering sector by improving the current offer that takes the above to account to avert the looming industrial action in the industry.
A Victory for Learners, Teachers won’t be Retrenched- SADTU in Kwazulu Natal Statement
Nomarashiya Caluza, SADTU Kwa-Zulu Natal Provincial Secretary, 01 October 2021
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union in Kwa-Zulu Natal staged thirteen pickets throughout the province on the 17th of August 2021. Through these pickets, SADTU was declaring war on the budget cuts.
A memorandum of demands was presented to the Provincial Government Premier. In that memorandum, SADTU demanded that the provincial government must relook at the budget cuts especially for the department of education. In the same memorandum, SADTU deserted the implications of implementing budget cuts part of which was the retrenchment of about 6000 teachers, which was already announced by the DOE-KZN.
Following the picket SADTU withdrew from the PPN consultations, which the MEC had started. Reasons for the withdrawal were that SADTU wanted to conclude engagements with the Premier and that there was no way that SADTU was to accept any attempt to retrench teachers.
The retrenchments in education mean lowering education standards and there will be no future employment even to replace retired and deceased teachers.
Committed to job retention, job security and job creation SADTU has always been determined that the Premier and his cabinet were better positioned to positively attend to issues in the memorandum. Subsequent to that SADTU had a meeting with the premier and DOE KZN again.
Our demand was that the 90 057 teacher posts needed to be retained. We were then (after these meetings) informed that the final decision from the cabinet of KZN is that there shall be no retrenchments and, in line with SADTU’s call, all 90 057 posts are retained.
SADTU is welcoming this decision and are very excited that, at heart, our ANC-led government is capable of listening to the people. There is no doubt that this progressive decision is celebrated by teachers and education workers who are already in the system, celebrated by qualified unemployed teachers and all education loving people of our province.
This decision confirms that our ANC government still regards education as an apex priority, which remains a solution to the persisting triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequalities.
To prove this, two days ago SADTU KZN successfully engaged the DOE KZN for the salary increase for Grade R teachers. As we speak, the DOE is currently putting processes in place to effect payments.
This too is a huge victory for this union. SADTU is committed and through evidence we show that we work and fight for our members.
With this victory at hand, SADTU will be all out from today up to 1 November 2021 mobilizing the society to vote for the African National Congress victory in the upcoming local government elections.
Issued by SADTU Secretariat
COSATU statement on the 76th Anniversary of the World Federation of Trade Unions
Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu National Spokesperson, 4 October 2021
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) sends warm greetings and revolutionary salutations to the World Federations of Trade Unions on its 76th Anniversary.
This class-oriented home of the international working class was formed on the 3rd October 1945 in France, and ever since it has been a permanent feature in the struggle for the liberation of workers and the working class from political oppression, ravages of capitalism and imperialism.
For more than seven decades, WFTU has played a very important role in leading the struggle against political and socio-economic exploitation across the globe. For over seven decades it has offered support and a home to the persecuted workers around the world, including some of our stalwarts like Moses Mabhida, Stalin Mtshali and others during the height of the struggle for the liberation of South Africa against Apartheid.
As South African workers, we regard the WFTU as amongst the most reliable allies in the striuggle against economic and social injustice.
This occasion arrives at a time when the working class is paying a price and suffering because of the COVID-19 inspired global economic crisis. Jobs have been lost, pensions are shrinking, collective bargaining is under attack and labour laws are being weakened all around the world.
We are looking to WFTU to provide strategic and tactical guidance to help the workers and the working-class ion general as they navigate their way out of this crisis.
We need the WFTU to tap into its wealth of experience to bring about solutions to today’s challenges and to lead from the front in the fight to liberate workers from this life of brute survival and helplessness.
We are proud to be an affiliate of this class -oriented federation that has been a torchbearer in the fight against global exploitation and imperialism for over 76 years, and we wish it many more revolutionary years to come.
Long Live WFTU Long Live!
Issued by COSATU
NEHAWU Statement on WFTU 76th Anniversary
Zola Saphetha, NEHAWU General Secretary, October 03, 2021
The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] joins millions of workers across the world in celebrating the World Federation of Trade Unions [WFTU] International Day marking the 76th Anniversary of our international class-oriented federation.
The World Federation of Trade Unions [WFTU] was established in Paris on 3 October 1945, and ever since its formation, it has at all material times been rooted in struggles of the working people of the world following the line of a militant class-oriented trade union movement in defence of workers and the working-class from the barbaric system of capitalist exploitation and oppression.
This year’s WFTU International Day is celebrated under different circumstance mainly due to the ongoing global health pandemic – coronavirus pandemic – which has brought about unparalleled devastation to the world especially to workers and this is evident with the job loss bloodbath with millions of workers having lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19.
The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the global crisis of unemployment, high levels of inequality, and extreme poverty.
This is as result of capitalism and its imperialist policy of neoliberal-globalisation.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the failures and weakness of the capitalist system especially its response to the pandemic and thereby confirming that it does not have any solutions to the challenges and workers and the working-class are left with no other choice than to fight for a systemic change that will bring about better conditions.
It is precisely on that basis that our international class-oriented trade union federation, WFTU, in marking its 76th Anniversary has themed the International Day on “Dignified Life for workers and the Peoples around the world” for it understands that the barbaric system of capitalist exploitation has not provided workers and the working-class a dignified life and this requires the class to venture into a struggle for a dignified life.
As such, NEHAWU fully support the demands as set-out by WFTU in calling for a dignified life for workers and the peoples around the world.
These demands include amongst others:
· Public and free healthcare for all
· Improvement of the living standards of workers and pensioners
· Trade union and democratic freedoms
· Eradication of racism and discriminations
· Protection of the environment
· Workers’ solidarity
· All the Peoples have the right to decide on their own about their present and future
Lastly, we will work with WFTU to wage a relentless struggle in ensuring that these demands are achieved in order to guarantee a dignified life for workers and the peoples around the world.
As NEHAWU, we congratulate our international class-oriented trade union federation for this historic milestone of 76 Years.
Hope Lies in Our Struggles!!!
Long Live WFTU, Long Live
Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat
30 September, 2021
For over three decades, the government of the Kingdom of Eswatini has violated human and trade union rights. However, there are increasing calls against this impunity, and for democratic reforms to be implemented.
There have been national pro-democracy demonstrations in the country and a Global Day of Action organized by global unions in support of the trade unions of Eswatini took place on 6 August.
During the demonstrations, over 72 people were killed through excessive use of force by the police and the army against pro-democracy protesters and hundreds were injured while some are still missing. Some activists have gone into hiding and others fled into exile.
It is against this background that the IndustriALL 3rd Congress, 14-15 September, adopted a resolution for the democratization of Eswatini that includes the respect for the right to life, freedoms of association, assembly, and expression.
“We call for national dialogue for reforms that will allow for the democratic election of the Prime Minister and to review the country’s constitution to allow for the transfer of executive powers from the king to a democratically elected leadership”
reads one of the demands the resolutions.
Atle Høie, IndustriALL general secretary, has written a letter to the Eswatini Prime Minister, Cleopas Dlamini, urging him to act on ending
“gross human rights violations and the use of excessive and lethal force against protesters.” Another letter to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) requests for “a thorough investigation into the death of civilians and the fate of the missing and recommend that the Human Rights Council consider this matter urgently.”
According to a petition to the United Nations office in Mbabane delivered by unions and civil society organizations, the UN must intervene for “an all-inclusive dialogue, unbanning of political parties, transitional council, democratic constitution, and multiparty democracy.” The UN must also “force the king to dialogue with the people rather than killing them.” Further, petitioners want King Mswati III to be tried at the International Criminal Court for “the ruthless killing of unarmed civilians.”
IndustriALL affiliates in Eswatini, the Amalgamated Trade Union of Swaziland (ATUSWA) and Swaziland Electricity Supply, Maintenance and Allied Workers Union (SESMAWU) took part in the march to present the petition.
“As Eswatini workers we appreciate the support that we are receiving globally for our demands for democratic reforms. International workers solidarity in the fight to remove the undemocratic regime that is causing abject poverty in our country is important to the struggle. We appreciate the support from our sister affiliates in IndustriALL. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,”
says Wander Mkhonza, general secretary of ATUSWA.
The petitioners say over 65 per cent of the country’s population is living in poverty on less than US$1.25 per day. “Poverty has been worsened by the dispossession of the people’s livelihoods by the king who evicts people from their lands, properties and businesses. The country is experiencing untold poverty because of the misappropriation of national resources to finance the lavish lifestyles of the royalty.”
Eswatini is Africa’s last absolute monarchy and King Mswati lives an extravagant lifestyle of expensive cars and private jets for his family of 15 wives. He banned the photographing of his cars after a public outcry. The king’s net worth is over $200 million, and he controls Tibiyo Taka Ngwane an investment company worth over $140 million supposedly in trust for the people of Eswatini.
Norman Mampane (Shopsteward Editor)
Congress of South African Trade Unions
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