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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

Friday, 29 October 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!

Ø  South African mine workers union commits to recruitment and better service to members

  • DENOSA calls on healthcare facility managers to ensure back-up generators are working in these times of extended load shedding by Eskom 
  • South Africa
  • COSATU welcomes the Department of Health’s decision to deploy mobile vaccine units for Election Day 

Ø  Chief Justice shortlisting panel presents report to President Cyril Ramaphosa

  • International-Workers’ Solidarity!
  • Appointment of the Director-General of the ILO

Ø  SACP stands with the Sudanese people for democracy and social emancipation, against the military coup, arbitrary detentions and expropriation of their rights

Workers’ Parliament-Back2Basics 

South African mine workers union commits to recruitment and better service to members

28 October, 2021

At a policy conference in East London, 26-27 October, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), resolved that it will go back to the basics on recruitment, organizing, and servicing of its members in the construction, energy, metals, and mining sectors.

The conference was attended by over 400 delegates and the issues discussed included strategic organizing and improving services to members, including representation in conciliation and mediation, union engagement on mining policies, the mining charter, energy policies, cement manufacturing, gender-based violence and harassment, and updates on processes to adopt International Labour Organization Convention 190. Health and safety and Covid-19 vaccination were the other issues discussed. There were calls to include more women and young workers in the union’s activities and decision making.

On workers welfare, there were discussions on living wages through negotiating for collective bargaining agreements that maintained decent wages and working conditions that the union has organized over the years. So far, the union has signed wage agreements with 13 mining companies. There were also discussions on retirement benefits and plans to trace retired workers who have not yet claimed their pensions. The union discussed models that can be adopted to provide decent housing to the workers. Additionally, the conference debated the importance of building the capacity of the union shop steward in a changing world of work and to provide skills to counter precarious work through union organizing.

The conference heard that mining continued to contribute to the country’s GDP and that it is amongst the sectors leading in the economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Most NUM members are from the mining sector including gold, platinum, coal, and other metals. The union is against the mothballing of mines, which has led to tens of thousands job losses resulting in the union losing members.

The union said it is opposed to the privatization of the public power utility, Eskom. Instead, it favours the involvement of the state-owned enterprise in the renewable energy sector currently dominated by independent power producers and the protection of jobs.

On the Just Transition, one of the most discussed topics at the conference, William Mabapa, NUM acting general secretary said:

“The debate on the abandoning of coal and moving to renewable energy without considering the interests of the coal mineworkers and power station workers is dangerous. Abruptly stopping coal mining will destroy the economy of the Mpumalanga province which is dependent on the fossil fuel. In that sense, navigating the energy transition is important for miners and communities. Further, we must secure the energy supply before moving to renewables and therefore need an energy mix policy that includes nuclear.”

Paule France Ndessomin, IndustriALL regional secretary for Sub Saharan Africa says:

“Trade unions, like most organization go through a life cycle. As it approaches its 40th anniversary, the NUM is maturing as a strong union and the discussions that took place at the policy conference reflect this. It is strategic that the NUM is discussing the future of work and redefining its role as a trade union in the current digital age.”

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DENOSA calls on healthcare facility managers to ensure back-up generators are working in these times of extended load shedding by Eskom

27 October 2021

PRETORIA – As power utility Eskom announced the intensification of Stage 4 load shedding from midday today until Friday at 17h00, and added by Stage 2 until Saturday, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) would once again plead with management of all healthcare facilities to ensure that back-up generators are well-serviced and fully operational as non-maintenance of these is a great inconvenience to nurses in hospitals and clinics during load shedding.

DENOSA calls on the Department of Health to ensure that fully generator-backed-up and appropriately sized uninterrupted power supply (UPS) electrical system is installed as an investment in all healthcare facilities for more essential loads such as ICU and threatre to avoid deadly consequences of power failure and failure of back-up generators to kick-in. The UPS stores reserve power in a battery to allow a facility to function normally on an emergency basis for an acceptable period depending on the number of batteries.

Those facilities which neglect the maintenance of their standby generators are reminded that six babies died at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in Mdantsane due to power outage and failure of the back-up generator to kick in, in 2004 and 2006 respectively.

The continued failure to maintain generators is extremely concerning a tendency because nurses are often to blame when patients receive poor quality service as a result of load shedding. Furthermore, DENOSA has to represent nurses in cases of negligence where the cause was both load shedding and failure of back-up generators to kick in in times of load shedding, forcing nurses to use their cellphones in most cases in order for them to do their work.

DENOSA has been receiving complaints from its members, especially those working in Community Healthcare Centres (CHCs) and healthcare centres in rural settings. It would appear that negligence to maintain back-up generators is the main cause of this frustration, as well as non-presence of fuel. In some facilities, deliveries of babies have to be done in darkness in times of load-shedding as back-up generators do not cover all delivery rooms in the entire maternity unit.

While nurses must be applauded for innovating and improvising under the circumstances and in darkness, DENOSA is concerned that few years from now many of those nurses who are applauded may be charged by the regulatory body if things didn’t go accordingly. Load shedding also impacts negatively on the administration of medication to patients in other wards that may not be covered by back-up generators.

In the same spirit, DENOSA would like to applaud facilities that constantly test and check their standby generators. Some facilities do so religiously every week, and they have not had any major disruptions to their services.

Critically, DENOSA calls on all municipalities to move hospitals and clinics to the ‘Essential Consumer’ category of their grid in their power distribution design so that healthcare facilities, which provide essential services, are exempt from load shedding. This is to ensure that critical areas in a facility, like ICU and theatre, are placed under ‘critical loads’ electricity network to ensure they remain fully functional with power. This is a critical area that municipalities are overlooking and thus failing the nation on. This is much easier to implement at least with the newly-built facilities in the age of load shedding.

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Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)

South Africa 

COSATU welcomes the Department of Health’s decision to deploy mobile vaccine units for Election Day 

Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu National Spokesperson, 29 October 2021 

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) welcomes the Department of Health and its private sector partners’ deployment of 938 mobile vaccine units for election day, Monday 1 November.

This is another opportunity for those who have not yet been vaccinated, to do so. This is a timeous boost in preparation for an anticipated 4th wave at the end of November. Many will be located near voting stations; others will be deployed to locations with a large amount of traffic, whilst it was not possible for vaccine units to be deployed to cover all 24 500 voting districts, most municipalities, towns, and communities have been covered. 

COSATU applauds our heroic health workers who once again have responded to the call of duty and sacrificed their day off to help. The nation owes our nurses, doctors, paramedics, and other health workers a debt of eternal gratitude. 

Vaccines have proven to be highly effective, around the world, in massively lowering infection, transmission, serious illness, hospitalisation and death rates. They are critical to saving lives and livelihoods and allowing the economy to emerge safely.

Whilst the vaccines are effective, persons over 60 years of age or with serious co-morbidities remain at risk.  This means that we all need to continue wearing masks, sanitising and socially distancing.  We have the tools to win this war in our hands.

Again, the Federation encourages all workers, their families, and children above 12 years of age who have not been vaccinated yet, to do so on election day. 

Issued by COSATU

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Chief Justice shortlisting panel presents report to President Cyril Ramaphosa

29 Oct 2021

Chief Justice shortlisting panel presents report to President 

The Panel for the evaluation of public nominations of the next Chief Justice, chaired by Judge Navanethem (Navi) Pillay, submitted its report to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday, 28 October 2021. 

On 16 September 2021, the President initiated an unprecedented process of choosing the next Chief Justice of South Africa by inviting public nominations to fill the position of Chief Justice of South Africa.
 

From the public nominations, the following eight nominees fulfilled the advertised requirements for nomination:
 
1. Judge President John Hlophe

2. Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga

3. President of the Supreme Court of Appeal Mandisa Maya

4. Dr Wallace Amos Mgoqi

5. Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane

6. Judge President Dunstan Mlambo

7. Advocate Alan Nelson, SC

8. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo
 

Dr Wallace Amos Mgoqi subsequently tendered his withdrawal from the nomination process on 04 October 2021. Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane also withdrew from the process on 27 October 2021.
 

The President is giving consideration to the recommendations of the Panel.
 

After giving consideration to the recommendations of the panel the President will decide which candidate(s) from the shortlist presented to him by the Panel to refer to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and the leaders of political parties represented in the National Assembly for consultation in line with Section 174(3) of the Constitution.
 

The content of the report itself will not be made public as the candidates the President will select from the shortlist still need to go through a process of interviews by the Judicial Service Commission and consultation with the leaders of political parties represented in the National Assembly.
 

Media enquiries:
Tyrone Seale, Acting Spokesperson to the President
Email: 
me...@presidency.gov.za
 

Issued by: The Presidency

International-Solidarity 

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Appointment of the Director-General of the ILO

At its 341st (March 2021) and 342nd (June 2021) Sessions, the ILO Governing Body approved the following timetable for the appointment of the Director-General in view of the fact that the current term of office of the Director-General will come to an end on 30 September 2022:

·        1 July 2021: The Chairperson of the Governing Body calls for candidatures

·        1 October 2021: Last date for the reception of candidatures

·        A week in January 2022: The Chairperson of the Governing Body conducts interviews with candidates for the position of Director-General on the basis of the format and principles contained in document GB.342/INS/6 and the guidance provided by the Governing Body at its 342nd Session

·        14-15 March 2022 (344th Session of the Governing Body): The Governing Body conducts candidate(s) hearings

·        25 March 2022 (344th Session of the Governing Body): The Governing Body conducts the ballot for the election of the Director-General

·        1 October 2022: The term of office of the Director-General commences

Rules governing the appointment of the Director-General of the ILO

Annex III to the Compendium of rules applicable to the Governing Body of the International Labour Office adopted by the Governing Body at its 240th Session (May–June 1988) and amended at its 312th Session (November 2011).

Legal document | 15 April 2016

Candidatures

1. Candidatures for the post of Director-General shall be received in the office of the Governing Body Chairperson on or before a date to be determined by the Governing Body which shall be at least two months prior to the date of the election.

2. In order to be considered these candidatures must be submitted by a member State of the Organization or by a member of the Governing Body.

3. Each candidate shall annex to their candidature a curriculum vitae and a certificate of good health signed by a recognized medical facility.

4. Candidates shall be invited to provide together with their candidature, a statement of no more than 2,000 words describing their vision for the Organization and the strategic direction they would pursue in the event they are appointed. The statement should also address the candidate’s commitment to the values and work of the ILO and its tripartite structure; their experience in economic, social and labour issues, international affairs, leadership and organizational management, and their appreciation of cultural, social and political diversities. Candidates should also indicate their language proficiency with regard to the official languages of the ILO.

5. All of the documents mentioned in 2, 3 and 4 above shall be submitted by the candidates in English, French and Spanish, with the exception of the certificate of good health that can be submitted in only one of these three languages or accompanied by an authentified translation in one of these languages.

6. To be valid, candidatures shall meet the conditions specified in 1, 2, 3 and 5 above.

7. Candidatures submitted in accordance with the abovementioned conditions shall be distributed together with curricula vitae and statements, in the official languages in which they are submitted, to the members of the Governing Body and to the member States not represented on the Governing Body for information, by the Chairperson as soon as practical after the candidature has been received. Only statements received at the same time as the candidatures shall be receivable and distributed.

Fairness and transparency of the appointment process


8. Unethical practices such as promises, favours, gifts, etc., provided by, or in support of, candidates for the post of Director-General are prohibited.

9. Appropriate measures shall be taken by the Director-General to remind the staff of the Office of the rules and standards of conduct aimed at ensuring the Office’s neutrality with respect to the electoral process, as well as the sanctions that can be imposed on staff in the event these rules are not respected. Appropriate measures shall also be taken by the Director-General to prohibit the use of ILO resources for the purposes of campaigning for, or supporting, any candidate and to regulate the conduct of ILO staff presenting as candidates for the appointment as Director-General.

10. On accepting appointment, the candidate appointed to the post of Director-General shall divest of any earning of any income, gift or allowance, and any financial involvement or interest, where such could have an impact on, or could be perceived to have an impact on, the objectivity or independence of the person appointed; furthermore the appointed candidate shall be required to comply with the procedure for financial disclosure laid down in the ILO’s internal rules.

Majority

11. To be elected, a candidate must receive the votes of more than one half of the members of the Governing Body entitled to vote.

Election procedure

12. Hearings shall be conducted with the candidates at a private sitting of the Governing Body held prior to the election. The order of appearance in the hearings shall be drawn randomly by the Governing Body Chairperson and candidates shall be informed of the date and approximate time of their hearing at least one week prior to the hearing. Each candidate shall be heard individually and shall be invited to make a presentation to the Governing Body. Following the presentation the candidate shall receive and respond to questions from the Governing Body. The time allocated to candidates for making their presentation and receiving and responding to questions shall be determined by the Officers. Equal time will be allocated for all candidates.

13. On the date set for the election, as many ballots shall be held as are necessary to determine which of the candidates has obtained the majority required by the majority required by Rule (11) above.

14. (i) After each ballot the candidate who has obtained the lowest number of votes shall be eliminated.

(ii) If two or more candidates obtain simultaneously the lowest number of votes, they shall be eliminated together.

15. If in the ballot between the remaining candidates they receive the same number of votes and a further ballot still does not produce a majority for one of them, or if one candidate remains but does not obtain the majority required by Rule (11) above in a further ballot in which his or her name is submitted to the Governing Body for a final vote, the Governing Body may postpone the election and freely set a new deadline for the submission of candidatures.

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SACP stands with the Sudanese people for democracy and social emancipation, against the military coup, arbitrary detentions and expropriation of their rights

27 October 2021

The South African Communist Party (SACP) stands with the people of Sudan in strongly condemning the military coup of Monday 25 October 2021 and equally denouncing the arbitrary detention of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and other government leaders, officials and political detainees.

The SACP pledges its solidarity with the people of Sudan, the Sudanese Communist Party and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) in their struggle for unity, democracy and social emancipation. We support the Sudanese people’s resolve to unite in protest against the onslaught by the military. The actions by the military reflect the legacy of the many years of its embeddedness in, and the history of the atrocities committed with its active involvement against the people during the merciless dictatorial regime that was led by Omar Al Bashir. The SACP supports the right of the Sudanese people to seek justice.  

The people of Sudan have the right to democratic sovereignty, to determine their own future freely, peacefully, and independently. The military coup as well as the declaration of the state of emergency and aggression on their will have unjustifiably limited these rights, with the far-reaching implication of expropriating them all together in practice.

The SACP calls for international solidarity with the people of Sudan in their struggle for democracy and social emancipation. The African Union must intervene in the situation of Sudan to assist the people to achieve a peaceful and just transition to a government of the people by the people.

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