Taking COSATU Today Forward, 10 November 2021

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Taking COSATU Today Forward

‘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, 10 November 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!

Join COSATU NOW!

 

Contents                      

  • Workers Parliament: Back to Basics!
  • SAMWU in Tshwane calls on political parties to put residents and workers first
  • Western Cape Unemployment Insurance Fund to embark on Community Outreaches in Hermanus
  • South Africa
  • COSATU urges all workers and South Africans to support the National Vooma Vaccine weekend Friday 12th - Sunday 14th November
  • NEHAWU 12th National Congress Statement
  • International-Workers’ Solidarity!

Workers’ Parliament-Back2Basics 

SAMWU in Tshwane calls on political parties to put residents and workers first

Mpho Tladinyane, SAMWU Tshwane, 11 November 2021

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has noted the outcome of the 01 November 2021 elections which were subsequently certified on 04 November 2021 by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).  Like in 2016, no political party got more than 50% and therefore the City of Tshwane will be run by a coalition government. 

Our experience as SAMWU during the last term was that our coalition was characterized by the following;

·       Instability in the administration

·       Collapsed Council meetings that led to the City placed under administration

·       Changing of Mayors

·       Political parties communicating mixed messages

As we move towards a new coalition government, SAMWU would want to appeal to all 15 Political parties that they must look beyond party positions and consider the residents of Tshwane first. We cannot afford to have instability as experienced in the last two years, this stability has resulted in the lapse in service delivery and frustration of workers. 

We welcome the new Council, and also want to make known that the City’s employees are readily available to ensure that revenue collection is enhanced and that communities are serviced optimally.  In welcoming the new Council, we urge them to prioritize the appointment of a City Manager and the Chief of Emergency Services. 

More importantly for us, we want the new Council to take a decision on implementing the recently signed salary and wage increases as agreed in the SALGBC. Doing so will create labour stability in the City. Municipal workers are frustrated and losing patience with the employer as a result of the failure to pay their salary and wage increases and the Benchmarking agreement. 

Residents of the City of Tshwane resolved through their vote to mandate all political parties to provide leadership in resolving challenges facing various communities and so it should be. Political parties should therefore put the interests of the residents and workers first. 

Issued by SAMWU Tshwane 

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Western Cape Unemployment Insurance Fund to embark on Community Outreaches in Hermanus

09 November 2021

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), an entity of the Department of Employment and Labour will be embarking on a two-day community outreach program that will, amongst other things, provide services to the communities of Gansbaai and Zwelihle in Hermanus. 

The UIF is a key business unit within the Department and its services directly impacts the livelihoods of the South Africans and particularly far-flung communities like Gansbaai and Zwelihle and is responsible for the processing and payment of unemployment benefits which provides  short term financial relief to the unemployed.

 

The outreach will be used to provide same-day service to all unemployed clients applying for UIF benefits. The following services will be rendered:

  • Assisting with Covid-19 Ters enquiries
  • Taking of UIF applications
  • Claims assessment and processing of payments
  • Resolving UIF enquiries
  • COIDA: Compensation of Injuries and Diseases Act – enquires/ application / Employer Registration
  • PES: Public Employment Services - Registration of work seekers on ESSA
  • IES: Inspection and Enforcement Services – Attend to BCEA/LRA enquiries
  • CCMA: Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration

The Department of Health, Home Affairs and Standard Bank mobile units will also be on-site to provide services to the communities.

Members of the public who wish to be assisted on the above-mentioned services are encouraged to bring along the following documents:

  1. ID Documents / Valid passport
  2. Proof of residence
  3. Completed UI-19 & salary schedule
  4. Bank stamped UI-2.8 form

The outreach will be managed in compliance with COVID-19 regulations.

Herewith the service dates:

GANSBAAI OUTREACH

Venue:  Blompark Hall

Date: Friday, 12 November 2021

Time: 08h30-14h00

ZWELIHLE OUTREACH

Venue: Zwelihle Community Hall

Date: Saturday, 13 November 2021

Time: 08h30-14h00

Media enquiries contact:

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WC Provincial Communication Officer

0609897509

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"Covid-19 is still with us. Wash or sanitise your hands regularly and wear your mask at all times."

-ENDS-

Issued by: Department of Employment and Labour

South Africa 

COSATU urges all workers and South Africans to support the National Vooma Vaccine weekend Friday 12th - Sunday 14th November

Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu National Spokesperson, 10 November 2021 

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) urges all workers and their families to support the national Vooma vaccine weekend Friday 12th – Sunday 14th November 2021. This is a national campaign that will take place at vaccination sites in all municipalities across the country.   

Currently, there are over 89 000 South Africans who have succumbed to the deadly COVID-19, whilst many more have lost jobs, wages and businesses.   

COVID-19 remains a deadly threat that needs to be taken seriously by all South Africans. The Federation supports the various interventions government has implemented to manage this deadly pandemic. These include non-pharmaceutical interventions like the wearing of masks, sanitising and social distancing.   

These interventions though can only take us so far, which is why it is important for South Africans to vaccinate. These vaccines have been proven to be highly effective in protecting people from being infected, transmitting the virus, becoming seriously ill, and most critically from dying.    

We applaud government for working hard to secure the supply of vaccines, ensuring that they are provided free of charge to the public and putting in place the logistics for every South African to access these vaccines.  

Millions of workers and South Africans have already been vaccinated.   To date more than 23 million vaccines have been dispensed to more than 39.42% of the adult population.  COSATU salutes the tireless efforts of our nurses, paramedics, doctors and health workers who have managed to vaccinate nearly 16 million people to date.  

What is worrying tough is an increase in vaccine hesitancy amongst some South Africans. The daily average vaccine rate has declined from over 250 000 to less than 150 000. This places in real danger the national target of ensuring that over 70% of the population is immunised by the end of 2021.    

As a country, we need to ensure that the daily vaccination rate is doubled.  We urge workers to seek more information about the vaccines if they have any doubt. COSATU and its Affiliates are putting structures in place to help fight misinformation and help mobilise every worker to be vaccinated.    

COSATU’s September Central Committee issued a call for all its affiliated unions to ensure that at least 80% of our members are vaccinated by the end of 2021. It is critical that we ramp up vaccination numbers as we prepare for the anticipated 4th wave at the end of November.   

The Federation, therefore, welcomes the second Vooma vaccine weekend. We are encouraging everyone who has not vaccinated yet to do so this weekend.   We owe it to our health workers who at great cost to themselves have borne the brunt of this pandemic and carried the nation on their shoulders.  

Vaccine sites will be open across the country and on-site registration will be done. The vaccines are safe and effective, and ensuring every person is vaccinated is critical to saving lives, to saving jobs and ensuring the economy can re-emerge safely.

The tools to defeat Covid-19 are in our hands!  

Issued by COSATU     

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NEHAWU 12th National Congress Statement

Zola Saphetha, NEHAWU General Secretary, November 10, 2021

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] held a resounding, successful and united 12th National Congress on the 03rd – 06th November 2021 at Birchwood Hotel in the city of Ekurhuleni under the theme: “Strengthen Workplace Organisation To Defend Collective Bargaining, Deepen Class Consciousness And Advance Internationalism”.

Over 594 delegates representing 279 465 members attended the 12th national congress to assess progress made in the implementation of its resolutions since the last congress that was held in 2017.

The congress received valuable addresses from our Alliance formations, including a welcoming address by the Gauteng Premier, Comrade David Makhura. It received messages of support from our allied unions here at home and also abroad. The congress further received inspirational addresses from the World Federation of Trade Unions [WFTU] General Secretary, Comrade George Mavrikos and Trade Union International Public Service and Allied [TUI-PS&A] President, Comrade Artur Sequeira.

Our congress took place during the centenary year of our vanguard party, the South African Communist Party [SACP] and as such during the congress, we held a befitting celebration to congratulate our vanguard party, the SACP for this historic milestone of 100 Years of Fighting for Socialism.

The 12th congress represented a historic moment for the union, in that, we officially launched NEHAWU history book titled: “In the Belly of the Beast” which records in detail the history of our union in the last 30 years as a class-oriented trade union with an internationalist character, a transformative union, and a fighting and militant trade union.

The congress also adopted the reviewed Strategic Policy Framework [SPF]. The SPF is our main strategic perspective that explains our medium-term strategy and goals as they relate to our broad transformative objectives. At the same time, it serves as our principal guideline for our strategies to resolve the immediate workplace challenges that face our members and also the broader working class.

We proudly declare that we had fruitful and robust discussions leading to progressive resolutions being taken. Indeed, we emerged from this congress more resolute and purposeful in our pursuit of our strategic objectives anchored by the clarion call of strengthen workplace organisation to defend collective bargaining, deepen class consciousness and advance internationalism.

Our congress took place whilst the entire world is still confronted with the COVID-19 pandemic. This global public-health crisis has exposed the inability of capitalism to respond to the pandemic, instead the ruling capitalist class has been preoccupied with profit maximisation during a catastrophic moment in the history of mankind.

The working class has had to endure the devastation brought about by this crisis of COVID-19 and also the failures of the inhumane system of capitalism. And this is evident with over 800 million people in the world facing hunger, 220 million unemployed and countless frontline workers, especially public servants, having perished in active duty. The pandemic has indeed exposed the failures of capitalism as a system that prioritises the ruling class [capitalist] at the expense of the working class and the poor. 

The congress agreed that the world is currently confronted by complex and difficult challenges that affirm the inability of capitalism both structural and systemic, to respond to the same crisis it perpetually creates. Capitalism as a system has ran its course and this further solidifies the case for the advancement of a socialist cause.

The congress noted the developments globally as well as on our continent and expressed the imperatives of the international working class solidarity and to strengthen relations with our sister unions as part of advancing internationalism.

On the national political situation, the final analysis of our 12th National Congress was that our National Democratic Revolution has reached a point of stagnation and there’s a concerted and deliberate agenda to derail the NDR from achieving its strategic objectives and at the centre of this stagnation is the ideological direction of our NDR. 

This stagnation of the NDR has led to the current socioeconomic crisis of unemployment, poverty and inequality in our country with no possible solutions. If the solution does not drastically change, our people will run out of patience with the ANC. This is evident with the recent local government electoral turnout and the corresponding fall in the ANC’s electoral support underscore the current untenable and unsustainable Neoliberal trajectory. 

In this regard, the working class must consolidate its leadership position over the NDR by deepening its position through ideological struggle and build its hegemony to take a primary charge of the NDR. The working class must reject and oppose the dominant Neoliberal perspective and narrow nationalistic interests that seek to derail the NDR.

Our congress has further called on to our federation, COSATU, and our vanguard party, SACP, to move with speed in practicalising the joint commitment to building the Left Popular Front to lead struggles of the working class and rural masses for land, housing, water, sanitation, basic income grant and the general service delivery struggles and also strengthen the leading role of working class women in the struggle against patriarchy and gender-based violence and against crime in general.

The congress resolved on the urgent need for the union to campaign for a developmental state that is fundamental based on a progressive model of development capable of driving our transformational agenda which amongst others includes; changing the semi-colonial economic structure, change the neo-liberal economic trajectory, and develop a systematic central planning to coordinated government action around economic priorities that would enhance economic growth and socioeconomic development around a medium-term plan.

Such coordinated action would be mainly geared at realising the identified strategic objectives and outcomes in which addressing unemployment, poverty, gender and inequalities.

Our national congress strongly rejected any attempts of agencification, unbundling, privatisation, of ESKOM and other state entities and has called for rolling mass-actions and the establishment of anti-privatisation broad front.

The congress also noted the impact made by NEHAWU in the terrain of socioeconomic transformation especially with regard to healthcare and post-school education transformation. The congress mandated the union to continue working hard to transform the healthcare and post-education school sectors.

The 12th National Congress has resolved that strengthening workplace organisation shall remain a central focus for the national union in light of the total onslaught on collective bargaining and workers’ rights by the government and employer across the sectors that we organise. This is evident with the announcement by the new Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana, that as far as the Treasury is concerned, in the coming 2022/2023 financial year, there shall be no pensionable salary increases for public servants, except the possibility for a 1.5% pay-progression.

This is a total disrespect of the collective bargaining processes and is a serious provocation on workers. Therefore, our congress sends out a clear message to government that we remain resolute in our rejection of the petty allowances in substitution for a real wage increase. That we are a union of workers whose basic reason for existence in the first place is to improve the workers’ salaries, to reduce the rate of exploitation and to improve the conditions of service for the members and public service workers in general.

The primary existence of a trade union is premised on the understanding that collective bargaining and organising is the lifeblood of the union and as such paying a particular attention to this aspect is crucial in our broad vision of strengthening workplace organisation to defend collective bargaining.

Our 12th National Congress has resolved and mandated the national union to convene a national bargaining and organising conference next year 2022 in order to develop and review its bargaining and organising strategies in the midst of a rapidly changing terrain of trade union work.

As part of the organisational priority to strengthen the workplace organisation to be capable of representing the interests and aspirations of members at the level of the workplace, education and training shall be at the centre of the union by educating, training and building the capacity of our shopstewards in order to be able to represent and defend members at the workplace.

The congress noted the membership growth of the union since the 11th national congress and called on the union to establish a dedicated recruitment campaign in order to close ranks and defend its base.

In this regard, the union will resuscitate its war room as a permanent feature to coordinate recruitment and servicing campaign – satisfy members in our fold in search of those who are outside our fold.

The national union remains committed to a united and fighting Joint Mandating Committee [JMC] of COSATU and therefore, we shall continue to reach out to all the COSATU public service unions to ensure that the JMC retains its proper character as both a collaborative platform for the consolidation of our bargaining demands and for the coordination of our public service mass action campaigns.

Our union emerges from the 12th National Congress more united and determined to implement its programme of action guided by the battle cry of “strengthen workplace organisation to defend collective bargaining, deepen class consciousness and advance internationalism”

The newly elected National Office Bearers of NEHAWU are as follows:

  • President – Cde Michael Shingange
  • 1st Deputy President – Cde Nyameka Macanda
  • 2nd Deputy President – Cde Patrick Makhafane
  • National Treasurer – Cde Kgomotso Makhupola
  • General Secretary – Cde Zola Saphetha
  • Deputy General Secretary – Cde December Mavuso

END

Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat

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WFTU Solidarity with Cameroon working families

10 Nov 2021

AFRICACAMEROON

The WFTU representing more than 105 million workers in 133 countries is expressing its full solidarity and support with the working families in Cameroon who have been hit by a surge in cholera cases in the last two weeks in the country’s Southwest region, adding to a public health crisis accompanied by a rise in COVID-19 cases

Five people have been killed and 32 cases confirmed in the region.

Bamusso district has been the hardest hit with five other districts including Bakassi, Mbonge, Limbe, Tiko and Mundemba “on high alert for suspected cases.

The epidemic occurs in the Southwest in a context of insecurity and humanitarian crisis, with regular movements of population to places where access to safe drinking water and latrines is limited and cholera is a highly virulent disease characterized in its most severe form by a sudden onset of acute watery diarrhea that can lead to death by severe dehydration.

The WFTU is fighting along with its affiliates and friends in Cameroon for the immediate relief of working families and the satisfaction of their basic needs for a dignified life.

The Secretariat

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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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