Taking COSATU Today Forward Special Bulletin, 17 November 2021

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Norman Mampane

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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

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

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  • Workers Parliament: Back to Basics!
  • COSATU has a vacancy of an Industrial and Trade Policy Coordinator at the head office
  • South Africa
  • COSATU welcomes the National Assembly's adopting the Employment Equity Amendment Bill

Ø  National Treasury invites public technical tax proposals for 2022 Budget review

  • International-Workers’ Solidarity!

Ø  India’s coal mines claim four more lives

Workers’ Parliament-Back2Basics 

COSATU has a vacancy of an Industrial and Trade Policy Coordinator at the head office

Khanyisile Fakude, COSATU Human Resources and Administrative Secretary, 17 November 2021


The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has a vacant position of Industrial Policy Coordinator, based in its head office in Braamfontein.

The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating COSATU’s inputs, engagements and policy development on trade and industrial policy matters. This includes drafting and providing advice with regards to trade and industry policies, regulations and legislation. The position’s responsibilities include coordinating the Federation and Affiliates’ engagements on trade and industrial policy matters and engaging in the related for a, including the industrial sectoral master plans.


Functions and Responsibilities:

Undertake innovative research and prepare high quality research reports;

• Draft position papers, summarise and provide initial critiques of documentation, reports on meetings, and develop initial drafts of position papers;

• Participate in meetings, convene caucuses, identify appropriate expertise and represent COSATU position in mid-level meetings (NEDLAC Chambers etc.);

• Produce monitoring developments in the area, initial drafts of monitoring framework, maintain oversight of developments in area of work and provide administrative support for monitoring

• Conceptualise, scope and develop proposals for projects related to trade and industrial policy;

• Assist in educational workshops and develop educational materials in collaboration with COSATU’s Education and Training Department as far as trade and industrial issues are concerned;

  • Provide inputs for campaigns and communication work and draft articles for media;

• Assist Affiliates and Provinces where needed; draft policy frameworks for engagement; develop agendas for and manage workshops on policy issues;

• Liaise with and support economic policy-making entities in South Africa in line with COSATU’s mandate and priorities;

  • Contribute content to COSATU’s website and support the release of research and information produced by COSATU into the public domain; and

• Promote and engage in constructive discussions and debates about trade and industrial policy.


Required Qualifications and Skills

• Post-graduate qualification (at least a Honour’s degree) in Economics or a related field

• A least two years of experience in policy research and trade analysis and writing;

• Demonstrate interest and expertise in themes related to international trade, industrial policy and regional integration

• Strong writing, editing and presentation skills, with an excellent command of written and spoken English

• Knowledge of national and international developments on trade and other economic issues;

• Strong knowledge of research and economic data sources

• Attention to detail, highly organised, and able to work both in a team and independently;

• Ability to analyse information for strategic decision-making

• Ability to represent the identity and interests of the Federation at appropriate levels; and

• Demonstrate an energetic and enthusiastic personality.


Applications should be sent before 26th November 2021 with a detailed CV to:

The COSATU Acting General Secretary c/o Khanyisile Fakude

Email to khany...@cosatu.org.za

Please note that communication will only be made to those who will be short-listed.

South Africa 

COSATU welcomes the National Assembly's adopting the Employment Equity Amendment Bill

Matthew Parks, COSATU Parliamentary Coordinator, 16 November 2021

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) welcomes the National Assembly's adopting the Employment Equity Amendment Bill today. This is a positive step forward for the long-delayed and progressive Employment Equity (EE) Amendment Bill.

The deliberate boycott and walkout by some Democratic Alliance Members of Parliament (MPs) and a few other little parties in a shameful attempt to collapse the National Assembly’s quorum, is testimony to their opposition to transforming South Africa and protecting the rights of women, Africans, Coloureds, and persons with disabilities who continue to face discrimination in their workplaces. 

The Bill provides badly needed interventions to strengthen the government’s ability to hold employers accountable for their role and failures to adhere to the Employment Equity Act. COSATU’s support for the Employment Equity Amendment Bill is based upon the following progressive provisions:

  • Requiring employers in their EE Annual Reports to provide confirmation that they have paid all their workers at or above the National Minimum Wage.
  • Expanding the definition of disability to include intellectual and sensory, a long-overdue correction.
  • Empowering the Minister to set economic sectoral, sub-sectoral, regional, sub-regional, and occupation-specific targets; enabling more precise targets for sectors, occupations, and regions that are notorious for their failures to reflect South Africa’s demographics.
  • Allowing for regional and sub-regional variations, critical given the diversity of South Africa’s population found in different provinces, etc.
  • Requiring employers to consult trade unions on employment equity targets, helping to foster a more inclusive approach to meeting targets and supporting collective bargaining.
  • Empowering labour inspectors to inspect and ensure compliance with the EE Act.
  • Empowering the Minister to issue compliance certificates to employers in good standing with the EE Act and to require such certificates for companies applying for government contracts. This is a welcome step forward requiring employers doing business with the state to follow labour laws and act in a way that supports good labour practices. Workers’ hard-earned taxes should not be used to reward abusive employers.

The National Council of Provinces should now move with speed to complete its leg of the Parliamentary and ensure that this progressive Bill is passed into law before Workers’ Day on 1 May 2022.

Issued by COSATU


National Treasury invites public technical tax proposals for 2022 Budget review

16 Nov 2021

Invitation to submit Technical Annexure C tax proposals for the 2022 budget

1. Introduction

The Minister of Finance announces new tax proposals in the Budget in February every year. The Budget Review, published with the Budget Speech, provides additional information on the tax proposals made in the Budget as well as proposed changes to tax legislation. More substantive tax policy proposals and rate changes are contained in Chapter 4 of the Budget Review, while the more technical tax proposals are generally contained in Annexure C of the Budget Review.

The National Treasury invites taxpayers, tax practitioners and members of the public to submit technical tax proposals to be considered for possible inclusion in Annexure C of the 2022 Budget Review. The technical tax proposals requested in this invitation must be limited to unintended anomalies, revenue leakages, loopholes and technical matters applicable to the current tax legislation that require correction. More substantive tax policy proposals and rate changes are dealt with through a different process, and hence this request does not apply to major tax policy proposals.

2. Format

To ensure proper assessment, technical tax proposals should be submitted under the following headings:

· Income tax – individuals, employment and savings;

· Income tax – domestic business;

· Income tax – international;

· Other taxes – for example, carbon tax, excise and value added tax, and

· Tax administration legislation.

Each technical tax proposal must be explained in detail with the explanation covering the following areas:

· The legal nature of the problem;

· A detailed factual description; and

· The nature of the business / persons impacted.

3. Deadline and Workshops – Technical Annexure C Tax Proposals

The requested technical proposals should be submitted by no later than Friday, 3 December 2021.

In order to clarify issues raised in the submitted technical proposals, to further assist in the prioritisation of the issues raised and to obtain further information, virtual workshops will be held with stakeholders on 9 and 10 December 2021. The dates for the workshops will be confirmed by way of an electronic invitation to taxpayers, tax practitioners and members of the public, who submitted proposals. Please ensure that correct e-mail addresses and contact information are included in the written submissions.

Following the above process, National Treasury and SARS will submit recommendations to the Minister of Finance for possible inclusion in Annexure C of the 2022 Budget Review. It should be noted that engagement or request for more information on any proposal before the 2022 Budget is no indicator that the proposal will be included in the 2022 Budget Review. The final decision to include any proposal is the sole prerogative of the Minister of Finance and no further correspondence will be entered into regarding the Minister’s decision on the proposals received.

Written submissions should be sent to:

National Treasury                                                       SARS

2022Ann...@treasury.gov.za(link sends e-mail)                           acol...@sars.gov.za(link sends e-mail)

Any substantive tax proposal relating to a policy change should be addressed, separately from the technical tax proposals requested under this invitation, to Mr Ismail Momoniat (Deputy Director General: Tax and Financial Sector Policy) at  Ismail....@treasury.gov.za(link sends e-mail).

Me...@treasury.gov.za(link sends e-mail)

Issued by: National Treasury



India’s coal mines claim four more lives

16 November, 2021

Within the space of one week, three serious accidents have occurred in coal mines in India, claiming the lives of four workers.

On 9 November, four workers were killed when a roof collapsed in an underground mine at the state-owned Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) in India’s Mancherial district.

One of the workers had retired in July but had to go back to work after the state government increased retirement age from 60 to 61.

SCCL management has agreed to pay all benefits to the bereaved families, as well as  to offer one permanent employment to an eligible member from each bereaved family.

Riaz Ahmed, general secretary, Singareni miners and engineering workers union (HMS) and member of the joint bipartite committee for coal industry (JBCCI), said:

“The accident exposes glaring safety lapses. From January to December 2020, around twelve workers died in nine accidents and so far in 2021, ten workers have lost their lives in four accidents at SCCL operations only. The unions are in dialogue with SCCL management and are demanding that the inspectorate system is reinforced and that an eligible and sufficient workforce is recruited for SCCL’s mines.”

On 7 November, a fire broke out in a truck at the Sasti open cast mine in the Ballarpur area in Western Coalfields Limited. The driver noticed the fire and immediately jumped out of the truck.

Another accident, leaving a contract worker seriously injured, happened in the Mahadeopuri mine in the Pench area in Western Coalfields Limited on 6 November.

According to the unions, in 2021, there has been a total of 32 mine accidents where 61 workers have been killed and seven seriously injured. Between May and December 2020, around 18 mine accidents occurred, killing 18 workers and seriously injuring 27.

S Q Zama, secretary general, Indian national mineworkers’ federation (INMF-INTUC), said:

“The fact that the government has auctioned coal mines and allowed 100 per cent foreign, coupled with changes in labour laws, the unions fear that this will lead to increased numbers of precarious workers, working in poor and unsafe conditions. The government of India should immediately ratify ILO Convention C176 and adopt rigorous safety procedures, high health and safety standards and protection of employment with adequate training.”

IndustriALL assistant general secretary Kemal Özkan, said:

“The increasing trend of accidents in India’s coal mines must immediately be stopped. Lawmakers are ignoring the workers' voice and their concerns. It is time for the government of India to recognize occupation safety and health as a fundamental right. The government should immediately establish constructive dialogues with all stakeholders in the mining industry, including trade unions and workplace representatives, to protect worker’s lives and ensure transparency and accountability.”


Norman Mampane (Shopsteward Editor)

Congress of South African Trade Unions

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P.O.Box 1019, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa

Tel: +27 11 339-4911 Direct line: 010 219-1348



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