Taking COSATU Today Forward Special Bulletin, 5 November 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

Friday, 5 November 2021


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Contents                      

  • Workers Parliament: Back to Basics!

Ø  MEC Lenah Miga on Sedibeng Water workers strike

  • SAMWU Mafika Mshengu Region mourns the passing of its eMkhambathini Local Municipality Secretary 
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  • South Africa
  • POPCRU 32nd Anniversary message by President Zizamele Cebekhulu
  • SAMWU statement on Local Government Elections
  • International-Workers’ Solidarity!
  • Statement by the General Secretary of SADTU, Mugwena Maluleke, ahead of the Glasgow Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26)

Workers’ Parliament-#Back2Basics 

MEC Lenah Miga on Sedibeng Water workers strike

5 Nov 2021

North West Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs MEC, Lenah Miga is appealing for calm in the ongoing labour dispute between Sedibeng Water employees affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) and the water utility.

The dispute is now said to have taken a turn for the worst with striking employees accused of gutting pipes that are supposed to provide water to the residents.  MEC Miga says government has been trying to ensure that the strike is contained to cut interruptions in the supply of water to the residents.

The employees of Sedibeng Water have been on an on and off industrial action from last month due to non payment of salaries. It has now emerged that the striking employees have taken matters into their own hands, and have started to vandalise water provision equipments, which has led to water provision stoppage in most parts of Mahikeng and surrounding areas. 

“We were alerted to frantic social media messages doing the rounds of residents talking of how Sedibeng Water employees are involved in acts of vandalism, my view is that if you have a labour dispute with your employer, use all avenues that are within the confines of the law rather than resorting to damaging the infrastructure”, MEC Miga said.

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Issued by: North West Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

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SAMWU Mafika Mshengu Region mourns the passing of its eMkhambathini Local Municipality Secretary 

 

Linda Gcabashe, SAMWU Mafika Mshengu Regional Secretary, 5 November 2021

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has learnt with great sadness and heavy hearts that the untimely passing of one of our Shop stewards, Comrade Sandile Ndimande . Cde Ndimande unfortunately succumbed to injuries he sustained after being stabbed on the head yesterday. At the time of his unfortunate passing away, Cde Ndimande served as the union’s eMkhambathini Local Municipality. 

 

SAMWU in the region sends its heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the Ndimande family during this difficult time. The family is mourning two siblings at the same time, Cde Ndimande’s brother who stabbed him with a spear later charged at police who were there to arrest him and was unfortunately shot and killed. We wish the Ndimande strength and solace during this difficult time that they are going through. 

 

We thank the family for lending us Cde Ndimande and allowing him to fulfil his passion of serving the interests of the working class, in particular those of municipal workers. We trust that the family will find strength in knowing that the entire workforce at the eMkhambathini Local Municipality and SAMWU are mourning with them.  

 

We further send condolences to his friends, colleagues and members of the union whom he served diligently since his election into office. 

 

May the revolutionary spirit and soul of Cde Ndimande rest in peace!

 

Issued by SAMWU Mafika Mshengu Regional Secretary

South Africa 

POPCRU 32nd Anniversary message by President Zizamele Cebekhulu

05 November 2021

This day, the 5th of November 2021 marks an important occasion in the history of our trade union, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU), as we celebrate our 32nd anniversary since our formation.

It was on the 5th of November 1989 that POPCRU was established for, among others, the purposes of serving as a voice for security services members who had for long been compelled to enforce unjust laws of the then apartheid regime.

Throughout this timeframe, POPCRU has been mobilising, organising and leading workers’ struggles within the criminal justice cluster for better conditions of employment and civil rights.

 

This important milestone has been achieved mainly due to the understanding that the difficulties of organising and leading people from vastly different backgrounds and world-views whom, in their diversity, recognised the need to work and act in unison for the greater good, hence our motto “Justice for All.”

 

The union has been a breath of fresh air by strengthening the progressive trade union movement at the time and representing a constituency that was discriminated against simply because of its skin pigmentation.

 

When POPCRU was established, a declaration was made that;

 

“We, the members and employees of the South African Police Services, Correctional Services and Traffic Services, recognise the civil and basic human rights of all people in South Africa including those employed in the services of South African Police Services, Correctional Services and the Traffic Department. We recognise further that such basic human rights are fundamental rights worthy of enhancement and protection, and we are as such committed to the creation and development of a security establishment, which is the just expression of the will of the people. A system which will reflect co-operation between our members and the community in an effort to truly serve and protect all members of our society.”

The above declaration has become part of the foundation of POPCRU’s existence and found its way into its supreme law- the constitution, and has been kept as part of POPCRU’s constitutional provision and has been one of the key guides to the union’s operations.

This has also been the union’s firm commitment to cooperate and work with members of the community and other progressive minded sections of the community with the intention to build a security system that will protect and serve the interests of all South Africans.

This approach is meant to promote a positive organisational image and improve the relationship between the membership and the wider community in a democratic South Africa in order to enjoy the confidence and co-operation of the society they serve. In so doing, POPCRU dedicated itself and its membership to the establishment of a security service free of all discrimination, racial bias, sexism, repression or any other form of discrimination and to the establishment of an impartial and effective service.

 

In achieving the above, it is vital that the union membership should enjoy job security and their rights must be protected at all times, and as a civil rights union, POPCRU has always been inclined to be engaged in the civil rights of its membership.

 

It is in this regard that we have for the past 32 years been on the path to fight for justice.

 

Not only did we stay alive for these years, but we have continuously played a major role in moulding a shared sense of unity and purpose that endorsed us to develop within the sectors we organise in and beyond.

 

At this time, we comprehend and appreciate that our past is precisely what it was, and that we were not manufactured in a laboratory, but through the many struggles engaged on by the many men and women who had come before us. It is therefore important to understand our history in order to allow us to understand our present, and put us in a better position to design, shape and construct our future.

Over the years, we have played a huge role in the establishment of bargaining councils, and got involved in the incorporation of the National Negotiating Forum (NNF) into a newly established Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council (SSSBC), and ultimately realised the separation of bargaining chambers when in 1999 there was a Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) resolution 10/99 which established the General Public Service Sector Bargaining Council (GPSSBC).

 

We have also established working relations with policing unions across the SADC region and beyond, and are sharing experiences and in good relations with many others across the globe.

 

These platforms have been instrumental and demonstrated to maintain labour peace in within sectors over which they exercise jurisdiction by means of collective agreements in respect of conditions of employment.

 

However, our 32nd anniversary also takes place at a time wherein our union as a representative of workers is facing upheavals, mainly through the now concerted efforts to undermine bargaining, but also from the current ongoing global pandemic which has brought about unparalleled devastation to the world, and more so to workers through the loss of jobs. This has been worsened by the fact that there are high levels of inequality and extreme poverty, all as a result of the imperialist policies of neoliberal globalisation.

 

Our last CEC held in September 2021 took into consideration the consistent attempts to deregulate the working relations environment on the system of collective bargaining, wage determination and the erosion of conditions of service.

 

These are well-coordinated campaigns with a clear agenda to weaken and get rid of public sector unions, and when it comes to defending workers, we will do our utmost best to fend off these attempts.

 

They are brazen in their aims and bold in their tactics. If we don’t stand up and stop them now, it will soon be too late. If they succeed in completely eliminating labour unions, working families will be defenceless – each left to fend for themselves against the immense concentration of wealth and power that they now have. This fight is about freedom – the freedom to associate and act collectively to make our voice heard and to fight for a just share of the nation’s wealth.

 

POPCRU will never allow what has been won democratically by workers to be taken by authoritarian, undemocratic means; we stick to our position that wage agreements reached by parties in the bargaining councils remain sacrosanct

At all times, we shall remain resolute in the defence of our members’ benefits and their livelihoods. For some time government has been courting war with workers and we are content that, if needs be, wish shall be granted.

Such actions by the government are a direct attack on collective bargaining which will never be accepted. Collective agreement must be implemented to its logical conclusion without any contamination of any form.

POPCRU remains committed to the goal of creating a South Africa in which all of us can experience an ever-improving quality of life, where equal human rights are a norm and where access to opportunities that the democratic breakthrough has brought us is a given.

As we commemorate our 32nd anniversary, we remember the many of our members who have lost their lives to the Covid-19 pandemic, and those who have fallen victim to the hands of criminal activities which has seen the killing of our police officers.

Initiatives are underway to get to the bottom of these challenges, and we further call on our government to achieve a single policing service as per the republic’s constitutional imperative.

 

As we celebrate this 32nd anniversary, let us stand together and defend our hard won gains. Let us keep the fire burning!

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SAMWU statement on Local Government Elections

Dumisane Magagula, SMAWU General Secretary, 5 November 2021

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) congratulates the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for having conducted successful, free and fair Local Government Elections held on the 1st November 2021. These were undoubtedly the most difficult elections that the IEC has  conducted so far given the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

Despite the glitches that were experienced by voters, the IEC managed to conduct a peaceful and successful elections which will lead to the 6th municipal administration. We thank South Africans for having exercised their constitutional right and played their civic duty and braced different weather conditions to cast their votes. As a county, we should however be concerned by the low voter turnout that was witnessed in these elections.

 

We further take this opportunity to congratulate all Councillors who were elected to lead the 6th municipal administration. We particularly congratulate the union’s officials and members who contested and have emerged as Councillors in these elections while also urging them to not forget the plight of workers on the ground. We trust that they will represent the interests of workers and community members who mandated them to lead as their Councillors.  

 

In line with our October Central Executive Committee meeting and resolutions of our federation COSATU, the union took a decision to encourage workers and South Africans to vote for the ANC, a decision which we do not regret taking. 

 

We therefore congratulate the ANC on being given the mandate to govern 116 of the country’s   local municipalities. Despite the mandate to govern a majority of the country’s municipalities, we note with concern the electoral misfortunes that the party suffered in these elections. These misfortunes are a clear indication for the need to go back to the drawing board and self introspect with the aim of diagnosing the factors that led to the decline in voter confidence. The diagnosis of the fators leading to electoral decline needs to be addressed way before the county holds the 2024 General Elections. 

 

These elections have resulted in 66 hung councils, a number that has not been seen in the history of the country’s municipal administrations. As political parties now begin with engagements of forming coalition governments in the hung municipalities, we urge them to put aside their differences and focus on ensuring that they form governments that are stable and responsive to the needs of South Africans and municipal workers.

 

The first priority for the councils that are to be constituted should be the immediate implantation of the recently signed salary and wage collective agreement in the South African Local Bargaining Council (SALGBC). Currently there are several municipalities that have not communicated with workers on when they will be receiving their salary increases, we want these Councils to immediately take a Council resolution on the implementation of workers’ salary increase. 

 

These new Councils should further ensure the stability of the country’s municipalities, according to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs' state of local governance barometer, 64 municipalities are dysfunctional while 111 are on the brink of dysfunctionality. We therefore want these new Councils to ensure that these municipalities are supported and turned around. More importantly GOGTA should play a leading role in ensuring that mechanisms are put in place to arrest the factors that have led to the collapse and near collapse of these municipalities.  

 

As SAMWU, we are interested in seeing stable municipalities that improve the lives of South Africans, importantly we are interested in seeing sound labour relations in municipalities. We are therefore sending a word of warning to the 6th municipal administration that irrespective of who governs the municipality, SAMWU will keep them on their toes in ensuring that collective bargaining is not reversed and that municipal workers are treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve. 

 

Municipalities are the closest sphere of government to residents and are in the coalface of service delivery. These Councillors should therefore hit the ground running to ensure that residents continue receiving the much needed basic services. The time for politicking has come to an end, voters have spoken. Residents and municipal workers alike want to see accountability and transparency in municipalities, they also want to see properly functioning municipalities which are responsive to their needs. We wish the 6th municipal administration well and trust that they will not fail residents and workers.  

 

Issued by SAMWU Secretariat 

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Statement by the General Secretary of SADTU, Mugwena Maluleke, ahead of the Glasgow Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26)

EDUCATION IN CLIMATE POLICIES: ARE COUNTRIES MAKING THE GRADE?

The climate crisis is the greatest threat facing our planet and South Africa can never divorce herself from this threat. We have little time left to turn around the tide and education is critical in doing so.

In South Africa, Climate Change Education is poor and this is especially the case among countries most responsible for current levels of greenhouse gases

Urgent action among education and climate stakeholders is needed to:

• Integrate the education sector in climate policy and decision making,

• Position the education workforce as climate stakeholders, and

• Strengthen the capacity of education systems to engage in climate action.

Climate change education should be included in education policies and in the curricula from the teacher training level to continuous professional development and teaching and learning materials

A few countries’ progress on Climate Change Education demonstrates that it is possible to prioritize Climate Change Education alongside climate strategies in energy, transportation, and other technical sectors.

• The education sector can learn from the success of gender advocates, which have helped countries see that gender equality is a cross-cutting issue in their climate strategies.

We therefore have the following recommendations:

• We need the funding, resources and strengthening of education systems as a climate relevant sector

• We need to Prioritize as a climate strategy quality Climate Change Education that is based on science, oriented to climate action, and takes an intersectional approach to climate justice.

• We need to involve educators as key stakeholders in climate policy and decision-making.

• Identify the barriers and capacity needs of the education workforce and the education system to address the climate crisis.

• Contextualize NDCs and other climate policies into the learning needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized students.

• Develop mechanisms, like the EI Climate Change Education Ambition Report Card, to hold local, national, regional, and global decision makers accountable for CCE policy and implementation.

To view SADTU’s recorded message to the Glasgow Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26)

Delivered by the General Secretary, Mugwena Maluleke,

Kindly click on the links below:

SADTU - You Tube Link:

https://youtu.be/MV73ibhzYVM

SADTU - Facebook Page Link

https://fb.watch/93NcenqPlG/

ISSUED BY: SADTU Secretariat

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