Taking COSATU Today Forward, 24 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, 24 November 2021


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

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Organize at every workplace and demand Personal Protective Equipment Now!

Defend Jobs Now!

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Contents                      

  • Workers Parliament: Back to Basics!
  • COSATU presents submission on Division of Revenue Amendment Bill to Parliament today 24 November 2021 
  • South Africa
  • COSATU Post-CEC Media Briefing on Thursday at 11:00am
  • International-Workers’ Solidarity!
  • Iraq: Climate change, a top priority for educators

Workers’ Parliament-Back2Basics 

COSATU presents submission on Division of Revenue Amendment Bill to Parliament today 24 November 2021 

Matthew Parks, COSATU Parliamentary Coordinator, 23 November 2021  

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) will present its submission on the Division of Revenue Amendment (DORA) Bill to the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Appropriations at 09h00 -Wednesday, 24 November 2021.   

The Division of Revenue Amendment Bill caters for budgetary allocations to provincial and local government, more specifically the adjustments provided for in the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) tabled at Parliament by the Minister for Finance on 11 November 2021. 

Issued by COSATU

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NEHAWU Limpopo marches to the Office of the Premier and the Department of Health as part of its Provincial Day of Action

Moses Maubane, NEHAWU Limpopo Provincial Secretary, November 22, 2021

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] in Limpopo will on [Wednesday 24, 2021] as part of its Provincial Day of Action march to the Office of the Premier and the Department of Health to deliver memorandum of demands in relation to the crisis currently engulfing departments across the provincial government especially the Department of Health.

The Provincial Day of Action will be in a form of a march directed to the Premier of the Province and the Department of Health. The aim of the march is to sharply raise the following demands amongst others:

• Permanent Absorption of Community Healthcare Workers and all contract workers in the province.

• Removal of the Health HOD and the DDG for Healthcare Services for failure to manage the administration.

• Re-instatement of all our shopstewards dismissed across the province.

• Decentralisation of all powers to health institution for effective service delivery.

• Opening of Nursing College in the province.

• NO to the Outsourcing of the Provincial Medical Depot

• Demand for safety & security of our members in all health facilities

• Forensic Investigation on cases of tender fraud and corruption.

• Fill all funded vacant posts immediately.

• Stop union bashing by government departments now.

• Pay PMDS to all deserving workers.

• Insource all outsourced services in the Provincial Administration

• Demand fully funded organisational structures.

• Withdrawal of all Treasury directives imposing austerity measures.

Details of the march

Date: Wednesday November 24, 2021

Assembly time: 9am

Assembly point: Polokwane Hospital Park, Polokwane

Members of the media are invited to attend and to cover the march.

Issued by NEHAWU Limpopo Secretariat Office

For more information, please contact: Moses Maubane [Provincial Secretary] 063 685 1884 or email: Mo...@nehawu.org.za or Jacob Adams [Provincial Deputy Secretary] at 082 558 5966 or email to Ja...@nehawu.org.za

South Africa

COSATU Post-CEC Media Briefing on Thursday at 11:00am

Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu National Spokesperson, 23 November 2021 

The Congress of South African Trade Unions is having its three-day ordinary Central Executive Committee [CEC] meeting that started yesterday -Monday, 22 November 2021, to discuss organizational, political, international, and socioeconomic issues facing workers and the working class in general. 

This will be followed up by a media briefing to communicate the outcomes of the meeting. The details of the media briefing are as follows:
 
•    Date         :         25 November 2021-Thursday
 
•    Time          :         11:00 am
 
•    Venue        :         COSATU House, 110 Jorissen Street, Braamfontein.

 
All the members of the media are invited to the briefing
Issued by COSATU

International-Solidarity 

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Iraq: Climate change, a top priority for educators

22 November 2021

Acknowledging that climate change is one of the most important global issues, the Kurdistan Teachers’ Union (KTU) has reaffirmed its commitment to push the regional government to insert climate change education into the curriculum and to take other necessary measures on climate change.

“Climate change and its effects are clearly visible through annual droughts, heavy rainfall, floods, forest fires, and rapid snow melting in the North and South Poles,” said KTU President Abdalwahed M. Haje. “All these changes prompted many countries, the United Nations, and many organisations concerned about it [climate change] to start conducting research and studies and to follow up on climate developments.”

A global concern for the future

He warned that “the risks are increasing day by day, especially to the environment, human beings, livestock and wildlife, and to the entire globe. While the effects will not be felt very quickly, without a doubt, climate changes, no matter how small, will see their effects grow exponentially and lead to deepening problems.”

Haje also welcomed the interest shown by many countries in the issue of climate change and that they have begun to take measures to reduce the impact of these changes.

These measures, Haje said, are implemented through several key steps, including:

  • Controlling and reducing gases emitted by giant factories.
  • Farming of the plains to restore balance in the environment.
  • Dealing with and using urban waste in a scientific manner to reduce damage to the environment, i.e., air and water.

Local steps to be taken

Haje also deeply regretted that, while many countries are trying to reduce the effects of climate change, neither the Iraqi nor the Kurdistan government is taking this issue seriously. For instance, in Kurdistan, the government continues to seize agricultural lands and turn them into housing projects and urban expansion.

In the absence of continuous electric power nationally, hundreds of electricity generators are used to feed Erbil’s city centre with electric energy, Haje added. These generators, running on fuel oil, in addition to the noise, emit thousands of tonnes of gas into the city sky. And the government has not taken any concrete measures to reduce the dangerous effects of these generators.

The KTU leader also highlighted practical steps which should be taken by public authorities to solve environmental issues, such as:

  • Preventing the destruction of forests. According to the latest statistics, there are only 20 million palm trees in Iraq, down from 32 million in the past. That number is constantly decreasing, as people are burning palm groves to convert their lands into residential lands.
  • Setting an upper limit for the import of cars. Haje said estimates point to over two million cars in the Kurdistan region, and that number is increasing.
  • Existing and operating factories and refineries must respect adequate sustainability standards or environment preservation standards. According to Haje, these factories emit thousands of tonnes of toxic gases daily into Erbil’s sky. He said the smell of gas is a nightly occurrence in the centre of Erbil, presenting a danger to human lives.

Absence of climate change on curriculum

Haje condemned the fact that neither the government nor other concerned and relevant parties have included the topic of environmental pollution and its causes, environmental protection, or climate change on the curriculum. “This prevents students from gaining the necessary knowledge to stop climate change and acquiring a scientific basis for a better life,” he said.

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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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