Taking COSATU Today Forward, 22 November 2021

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Taking COSATU Today Forward

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Monday, 22 November 2021


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

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Contents                      

  • Workers Parliament: Back to Basics!
  • POPCRU on the attack on Malamulele Police Station 
  • South Africa
  • POPCRU on the Quarterly Crime Statistics
  • SATAWU Welcomes the Precautionary Suspension of the PRASA Group CEO-Mr Zolani Matthews
  • International-Workers’ Solidarity!

Ø  Workers at ArcelorMittal plant in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina stand united

Workers’ Parliament-Back2Basics 

POPCRU on the attack on Malamulele Police Station 

Richard Mamabolo, POPCRU National Spokesperson, 22 November 2021

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) finds it enraging the continued, unabated attacks on police stations that have been on an increase in recent times.

At around 10h30pm last night, there was yet another brazen attack at the Malamulele SAPS in the Limpopo province, wherein over 10 armed robbers ambushed and held officers hostage, robbed the station of four R5 rifles, five short guns, and four service pistols.

It is understood these officers were then forcefully locked at the back of a police vehicle, and after that, further attacks were conducted at nearby filling stations. 

This brazen attack takes place at a time when there have been many vulnerabilities with regards to the integrity of police stations, dominantly those situated outside affluent areas, with challenges around the uneven allocation of resources and staff shortages at a peak.

At the time of the attack, five officers were on duty, presiding over an area that covers a population of approximately half a million people.

This follows multiple other incidents of the same nature in Mpumalanga, the Eastern Cape, and the North West Provinces in the recent past, demonstrating that despite the historical role of police stations being safe havens; they are now becoming unsafe territories for both officers and community members. This has unfairly led to police being totally blamed for failing to serve communities without characterising their deteriorating working conditions. 

POPCRU’s call for the speedy implementation of the restructuring of the SAPS is in part aimed at addressing the duplication of functions, the weak command and control, and poor service delivery at station levels.

This process is informed by the need to improve conditions for the service provided, with its goals being to ensure improved productivity and morale, increased organisational effectiveness and efficiency.

It is a matter of urgency that the SAPS addresses the challenge around the uneven allocation of resources, so as to ensure rural and township police stations are well resourced and capacitated to improve on service delivery for their surrounding communities.

This, we believe, will also go a long way in changing the current perceptions around the role of policing.

There is an urgent need to build the number of required police stations and capacitate them with requisite human and other resources in line with the determined ratios.

We call on our law enforcement officers and communities alike to remain vigilant during this festive season, as criminals are increasingly out there conducting their nefarious conducts.

We further urge community members to share any information that could assist in the apprehension of these perpetrators. 

Issued by POPCRU

South Africa

POPCRU on the Quarterly Crime Statistics

Richard Mamabolo, POPCRU National Spokesperson, 19 November 2021

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) notes the recently released quarterly crime statistics for the period between the 1st of July to the 30th of September 2021

It is under this period of review wherein our country was characterised by conditions of unrest, mainly in the Kwa Zulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces wherein the loss of lives and the looting and destruction of property was rife. 

It is also noteworthy to consider that the very period coincided with the different lockdown levels that were steadily reduced from level four, three and then two, and with the gradual relaxation of these levels, it meant lesser restrictions and increased movement, leading to increases in some aspects of crime levels.

With these lockdown relaxations, we have noted the increased murder rate of 20.7% with 6163 people killed in the country and a majority of these having taken place in both Kwa Zulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces.

We are, however, impressed by the decreases in murder rates at the stations based in Cape Town, which had for some time dominated headlines. This demonstrates that the continuous increase of the staff complement and tools of trade can in fact make a huge difference, and expect that this intervention should be applied across the board in ensuring our men and women in blue acquire added capacity in conducting their services.

We further note that during the reported period, 23 recorded police deaths at the hands of criminals were captured, and are increasingly worried that during these quarterly statistical releases, there has not been any formulation of measures to curb this trend. It is expected that based on the previously released stats, there was supposed to look into urgent interventions addressing this trend.

Crime statistics should at all times be used as a tool to provide law enforcement officers with the sufficient data for use in determining budgetary formulations, planning, and the allocation of resources and police operations. The fact that we have been seeing minimal reductions of criminal activities over the past 5 years means that as much as the stated purposes of sharing statistics are clear, their outcomes have not been effectively implemented over the years, possibly due to numerous factors that include the budgetary constraints the SAPS finds itself.

Issues of understaffing, the uneven allocation of resource, the shortages of ammunition and training have all been part of the underlying challenges faced.

It is for us vital that when addressing the rising crime statistics, we take a broad approach that considers the broad conditions faced by our populace, including the socio-economic implications we find ourselves.

Issued by POPCRU

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SATAWU Welcomes the Precautionary Suspension of the PRASA Group CEO-Mr Zolani Matthews

Jack Mazibuko, SATAWU General Secretary, 19 November 2021

The South Africa Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) welcomes the decision by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) Board of Management (BoM) to place the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO)-Mr Zolani Matthews- on precautionary suspension.

Although the details and/or allegations that informed the precautionary suspension were not detailed in the statement issued by the PRASA BoM on 19 November 2021, we appreciate the efforts to ensure that reasonable steps were taken to protect the interests and the image of the passenger rail agency. Irrespective of the outcomes of the matter, the union is optimistic that PRASA BoM is gradually restoring principles of good corporate governance provided that board members acted independently and in line with the rules, applicable legislation and laws governing the state-owned enterprise (SOE). In short, the decision to suspend the GCEO must not expose the state entity to unnecessary risks such as litigation. Moreover, the process at hand must be expedited to save PRASA unwanted costs.

SATAWU has requested an urgent meeting with the BoM to fully understand the details of the precautionary suspension. This will enable the union to report to members accordingly, on one hand, and to allay fears of the unknown if there are any, on the other. Lastly, SATAWU commits that it will in the interim work with the AGCEO (Acting Group Chief Executive Officer), on condition that all outstanding and unresolved matters affecting both PRASA and Autopax employees are amicably addressed without delay. The union will equally support the AGCEO in turning the rail agency around after worker concerns, demands and struggles are resolved. Following our meeting with the BoM, the union will provide both members and its constituencies with a detailed report concerning the developments in question.

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Issued by: South African Transport & Allied Workers Union

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Workers at ArcelorMittal plant in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina stand united

19 November, 2021

A new collective agreement for workers at the AcelorMittal plant in Zenica has finally been reached after many months of long, fraught and postponed negotiations. The agreement was reached a mere 24-hours before a strike had been called by the unions. The conflict culminated when two days before the announced strike, the management tried to turn public opinion against the workers, stating that a knock-on effect of a strike would be that heating for the city of Zenica could not be guaranteed. 

IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, SMFBIH, and its Metalworkers’ Union in the ArcelorMittal plant in Zenica, have signed a new collective bargaining agreement after seven months of tough negotiations.

IndustriALL Global Union and industriAll European Trade Union had pledged their solidarity with the workers, sending a joint letter to the company’s management in Zenica, in which they called for sincere negotiations and supported the unions’ demands and right to strike.

With this collective agreement, valid until May 2023, workers will now earn an average 17 per cent more, with increases in night shift pay, holiday bonus, paid transport for those living 3km from the plant, and a paid 13th month salary.

Zuhdija Kapetanovic, president of the Metalworkers’ Union at the ArcelorMittal plant in Zenica, says:

“Behind us now is what has been a very difficult period of negotiation and organising of the strike. We have a law which makes it very difficult for trade unions to strike. The slightest procedural error may lead to an injunction, dismissals of workers, and also an employer's claim for compensation of millions of dollars in damages. The employer knows this very well, and he tried to make it difficult for us in every way. But he failed. At the same time, we have actively worked to preserve workers' unity. Together we have conquered fear and all the pressures on us. We have succeeded in our demands and the new collective agreement guarantees social peace at ArcelorMittal in Zenica until May 2023.  The workers are just glad to be able to continue working!”

Atle Høie, IndustriALL general secretary, says: 

“These workers never stopped working, not even during the lockdown. They risked their lives to fulfil their work obligations - even when eight workers who had contracted the Coronavirus tragically died.  Despite the “crisis”, 2020 was better than 2019 for ArcelorMittal in Zenica and the workers deserve to receive a fair share of the profits that they have produced.”

Luc Triangle, general secretary of industriAll Europe, says:

“The workers at ArcelorMittal in Zenica carry out their jobs in the most dangerous working conditions and are responsible for production that is worth several hundred million BAM. Many have to do one or even two additional jobs in their spare time, just to be able to secure a livelihood for their families.”

The workers in the union were determined to stand firm in their demand for a decent wage and did not give up in the face of threats. IndustriAll Global Union and industriAll Europe congratulate their affiliate, SMFBIH, on their successful collective negotiations, which once again show that united and organised workers can achieve much more.

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Norman Mampane (Shopsteward Editor)

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