Taking COSATU Today Forward, 18 November 2021

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COSATU TODAY

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Solidarity with workers under SACCAWU rejecting exploitation by MassMart/Walmart

#16DaysofActivism

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#ClassConsciousness

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

Thursday, 18 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!

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Contents                      

  • Workers Parliament: Back to Basics!
  • Massmart /Walmart National Strike
  • South Africa
  • NEHAWU supports the SACCAWU strike at Massmart  
  • International-Workers’ Solidarity!
  • COSATU in solidarity with the government and people of Cuba in defense of their right to self-determination

Workers’ Parliament-Back2Basics 

Massmart /Walmart National Strike

SACCAWU Facebook, 17 November 2021

 

Kindly take note that union has declared a dispute challenging Massmart/Walmart regarding unilateral work reorganisation, union bashing, threats and intimidation of workers, down-variation of working conditions, retrenchment and overall Walmartisation onslaught. As a result of the aforesaid, our members will be embarking on an indefinite protected strike action from the 19th November 2021. The strike will take the form picketing in all establishments owned by Massmart/Walmart, which will culminate to the regional march in Bloemfontein on the 26th November 2021, to Makro in Bloemfontein.

Whilst we trust that members of SACCAWU and all workers within the company will support and join the strike action effective from its commencement on the 19th instant, we have noted some unprovoked malicious communications from the company trying to bully and/or intimidating workers not participate on strike. The company has clearly taken a conscious decision to deliberately and with malicious intents spread lies against the union to workers in order to instil fear, panic and anger towards the Union.

The above is clear sign of desperation from a company that has a proven track record of union bashing and undermining workers’ rights. Without any shame they are insulting the intelligence of workers, justifying nonsensical offers such as:

i. R320 or 4.1% increase at Massbuild, whilst CPI in September 2021 is sitting 4.9%. This simply means workers will not realise any real increase but rather a 0.8% decrease to their real wage, if they accept this nonsensical offer.

ii. 4% increase at Cambridge foods, which can simply translate to less than R300 increase to the lowest paid. Again, this translates into a -0.9% real increase

iii. 2.7% increase at Mass discounters despite CPI sitting at 4.9%, which means a -2.2% real increase.

iv. Unilateral change to terms and working conditions by reducing guaranteed hours to 120 hours per month, consequently dismissing those refusing to accept this insult, under the pretext if retrenching them, whilst not following the dictates of Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act.

v. Refusal to pay commission owed to CRO’s including the removal of new cellphone policy, car allowance and benefits.

First and foremost we reject with utter disdain and contempt it deserves the manner in which the company undermines workers of this country and its devisive posture aimed at breaking the backbone of the union. The above is also a clear demonstration that this company is prepared to destroy the livelihood of workers and very insensitive to their plight. When it suits them they address workers as associates, creating impression that you are part of the business whilst the reality is that they treat you like an object with no value. This is the company that is hell-bent on taking away the right of workers to strike and freedom of association so that they can continue with their shenanigans unabated.

It is in this context we wish advise our members and workers in general to ignore the lies peddled by the company as they are desperately trying to divide workers and stand firm in defence of their genuine demands. Their interest is about making more profit on black Friday whilst workers will still go home hungry, therefore the only power workers have is withdrawal of labour and joining the SACCAWU protected strike from the 19th instant until such time all our demands are met.

Thanking you in advance for your anticipated support and solidarity

Comradely

South Africa 

NEHAWU supports the SACCAWU strike at Massmart  

Lwazi Nkolonzi, NEHAWU National Spokesperson, November 17, 2021

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] offers its unwavering solidarity support to our sister union, the South African Commercial Catering and Allied Workers Union [SACCAWU] on their indefinite national strike against Massmart Group commencing on Friday 19 November 2021. 

The national strike by SACCAWU comes after the union had secured certificates of non-resolution of disputes at the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration [CCMA] thereby paving way for a protected national strike across the various stores of the Massmart Group. As NEHAWU, we fully support their decision to withdraw their labour in demand of better wages, improved and better working conditions.

The Massmart Group has for a long time subjected these workers to unbearable working conditions and slave wages all in the name of profit maximisation. This is evident with their blunt refusal to accede to the demands of workers which amongst others includes a R500 salary increment across board. Massmart is offering workers a mere R320 amidst these tough economic times thus condemning workers to abject poverty yet these workers are instrumental in creating the profit that sustains the extravagant remuneration of senior managers and management of the company.

The Massmart Group is currently embarking on a retrenchment process and this process has resulted in more than 380 workers retrenched amidst the ever rising unemployment rate in our country. As NEHAWU, we call SACCAWU and workers in the sector to oppose and fight any retrenchments.

Lastly, as NEHAWU, we call on all workers in the sector to unite against the Massmart Group and defend their legitimate demands. NEHAWU fully supports the struggle waged by SACCAWU against the Massmart Group.

END

Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat

International-Solidarity 

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COSATU in solidarity with the government and people of Cuba in defense of their right to self-determination

 

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) unequivocally condemns the new type of aggression and counter-revolutionary campaign from the United States to provoke a social uprising in Cuba, and other nations against Cuba. These acts are deliberate, reprehensible and need to be denounced by all progressive forces and peace-loving people in South Africa and the global community.

 

It is not new that the US government uses propaganda of this nature for its subversive political activity against Cuba and discrediting campaigns with the unscrupulous support of the mainstream media. The ultimate goal of these propaganda efforts by the US administration is to roll back the Cuban revolutionary gains and to install its puppet regime.

 

The Federation remains concerned with the United Nation’s failure to intervene in this ongoing crime against the Cuban people. It has instead allowed itself to be used to legitimise counter-revolutionary purposes and provocations under the guise of protecting human rights.

 

The almost six decades of the US imperial embargo and anti-revolutionary economic sabotage against the Cuban revolution has caused massive human and financial damage on the Cuban people, yet they have remained steadfast and resilient against the US, in defence of their socialist revolution and sovereignty.

 

As an independent state, Cuba has a right under international law to use all the necessary means at its disposal to defend its sovereignty. International solidarity and defence of the Cuban revolution is an integral component of the fight against US imperialism, capitalism and, more importantly, in defence of socialism. The selfless Cuban solidarity supporting the national liberation struggles and socialist revolutions in Africa and Southern Africa was the vital lifeblood of our liberation and an exemplary principled internationalism.

 

The Cuban revolution and its achievements, particularly in terms of the defence of national sovereignty, internationalism, education, health, social services, and participatory democracy, serve as a model and an inspiration to oppressed peoples worldwide.

 

COSATU leaders and affiliates joined the picket led by the SACP at the Union Building, on the 16th of November 2021, from 15:00 calling on the US to unconditionally, and with immediate effect end its occupation of the Cuban territory of Guantanamo Bay, its illegal, criminal and extra-territoral blockade of Cuba, and all it’s conspiracies in the affairs of the Cuban government and people.

 

COSATU continues to call for all revolutionaries in Cuba to confront these provocations with an ultimate level of resistance. It is our duty and responsibility as the international community, together with all progressive forces to support the struggle of the Cuban people to defend their right to self-determination and the remarkable achievements of their revolution and socialism.

 

#Hands off Cuba #Defend the Revolution!

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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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