PSCBC December 2014 Newsletter

Newsletter December 2014

Seasons Greetings & Office Closing Dates

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being part of our success through the year. Let us celebrate our achievements together as we usher in the 21st year of democracy as a nation. In keeping with this spirit, we wish you and your loved ones a blessed festive season. May peace, joy, love and success prevail in 2015. The General Secretary and Staff of the PSCBC Our offices will close on the 19/12/14 and reopen on the 05/01/15

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NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE ISSUED 15 DECEMBER 2014

WAGE NEGOTIATIONS: The Employer responded to Labour’s demands on the 10 December 2014, a summative among others of the proposed agreement is provided below: • a multi-year salary adjustment and improvements to conditions of service for employees for the period 2015/16 to 2017/18. The proposed salary adjustments are as follows: • The salary adjustment effective from 1 April 2015 will be based on the average projected CPI (5.8%) for the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016. • The salary adjustment effective from 1 April 2016 will be based on the average projected CPI for the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. • The salary adjustment effective from 1 April 2017 will be based on the average projected CPI for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. • The forecasts of National Treasury shall be used to determine the average projected CPI. FAMILY RESPONSIBILITY LEAVE: • Addition of two (2) working days family responsibility leave with effect from 1 January 2015 for parents with children who have severe special needs. • An application for family responsibility leave should be supported by reasonable proof to demonstrate the severe special needs of the employee’s child. MEDICAL ASSISTANCE: IN-SERVICE EMPLOYEES The medical aid contribution would be adjusted by 17,6% (5,6% for 2012; 5,8% for 2013 & 6,2% for 2014). This is as a result of lack of adjustment on the medical aid contributions for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014. FORMER EMPLOYEES • The new post-retirement medical assistance dispensation shall be accessible to all former employees on GEMS and those on Open Medical Schemes. • The adjustment of the medical subsidy for all former employees shall be implemented for March 2012 to March 2014 based on the aggregate CPI of the respective years effective from January 2015 or date of signature. FUTURE MEDICAL SUBSIDY ADJUSTMENTS • The first annual adjustment and alignment of medical subsidy shall come into effect on 1 January 2015 or date of signature. • The future adjustment of medical assistance for in-service employees on GEMS and all former employees on all medical schemes shall be in line with the average CPI of the preceding 12 months ending in October of the current year for implementation in January of the following year. PAYMENT OF THE 13TH CHEQUE / SERVICE BONUS • All employees will be required to make a once-off election on the date of payment of the 13th cheque / service bonus by 28 February 2015. • The new payment dates will be effected in the 2015/16 financial year. • For employees who do not make an election, the current arrangement shall continue. RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL) • The Employer recognises the principle of prior learning as contained in the SAQA National Policy for the Implementation of the Recognition of Prior Learning. NEGOTIATIONS ON OUTSTANDING MATTERS: Council agreed to a series of meetings as to engage in an attempt to resolve outstanding matters from previous collective agreements. This resulted in a number of meetings over the last two to three months and substantial progress was made as to finalise these matters. Herewith a summary on the progress made: Review of the Impact of Outsourcing and Decent Work in the Public Service A Resolution has been prepared and being circulated for signature. Government Employees Housing Scheme (GEHS): Parties agreed to introduce a GEHS in terms of clause 4.2 of PSCBC Resolution 4 of 2010, clause 3.3 of PSCBC Resolution 2 of 2011 and clause 19 of PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2012; the scheme has the following objectives; • To support, educate and advise employees on housing options and opportunities; • To enhance public service employees’ access to affordable housing; • To promote home ownership and facilitate asset security among public service employees; • To assist public service employees to access affordable housing loans and finance; • To assist employees to rent houses with a view to buy and own homes; and • To provide transitional arrangements towards the GEHS. Substantial progress has been made in finalising the framework for establishment of the scheme. The status of the current homeowners allowance and the date of implementation of the new scheme is two of the more important issues that Parties are still deliberating on. Parties will conclude on this agreement soon. Clients will be updated on the progress made. The following outstanding matters are still under discussion and a progress report is as follows: Minimum Service Level Agreement for the Public Service: The following are the positions of the parties: Labour- requested more time to consult on this matter and as such requested the matter to remain on the agenda. Employer- Indicated that the matter must be escalated to Principals. The review of Resolution 3 of 2009, the salary structure and career pathing for non-OSD employees and the remuneration policy of the Public Service with the remuneration of educators receiving priority attention within the review process: A draft policy was tabled by the Employer and parties agreed to engage on the policy in a Consultative Workshop in 2015. The review of the PMDS for Public Servants: The employer has tabled a diagnostic report on this matter and will be tabling a draft Policy in January 2015 for consultation. • Labour indicated that they are still consulting on the outcomes of the diagnostic report and will submit inputs on this in January 2015 The Negotiations process will resume in the second week of January 2015.

From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Gender-Based Violence!

The Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) supports the 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence campaign. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The period includes Universal Children’s Day and World AIDS Day. During this time, the South African Government runs a 16 Days of Activism Campaign to make people aware of the negative impact of violence on women and children and to act against abuse. We are firmly committed to lead a coordinated effort to sustain the campaign into its next decade. Every year, government, civil-society organisations and the business sector work together to broaden the impact of the campaign. By supporting this campaign, thousands of South Africans have also helped to increase awareness of abuse and build support for victims and survivors of abuse. What can you do? Together, let us take actions to support the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign. Support the campaign by wearing the white ribbon during the 16-day period: A white ribbon is a symbol of peace and symbolises the commitment of the wearer to never commit or condone violence against women and children. Join the cyber dialogues initiative: The cyber dialogues facilitate on-line discussions amongst people to discuss issues related to the abuse of women and children, share experiences and propose solutions. Professional experts in the caring professions (social workers, psychologists, counsellors) and political principals also participate in the on-line chatroom. The discussion takes place in cyber space in chat-room format, with discussions in real time via various access points (Thusong Centres) around the country. Gender (an NGO) hosts the cyber dialogues with role players, including Women’s Net, the Gender Advocacy Programme and Government Communications (GCIS). Participate in the various 16 Days of Activism events and activities: A calendar outlining events taking place around the country over the period of the 16 days will be made available. Volunteer in support of NGOs and community groups who support abused women and children: Many organisations need assistance from the public. You can volunteer your time and make a contribution to the work of institutions. Help plant a garden at a shelter, sponsor plastic tables and chairs for kids at a clinic or join an organisation as a counsellor. Use your skills and knowledge to help the victims of abuse. Donations: You can donate money to organisations working to end violence against women and children by making a contribution to the Foundation for Human Rights. The Foundation receives money raised during the campaign and distributes it to non-governmental organisations. There is no minimum or maximum amount set for your donation it is up to you! Tel: 011 339 5560/1/2/3/4/5. Speak out against woman and child abuse. Encourage silent female victims to talk about abuse and ensure that they get help. Report child abuse to the police. Encourage children to report bully behaviour to school authorities. Men and boys are encouraged to talk about abuse and actively discourage abusive behaviour. Seek help if you are emotionally, physically or sexually abusive to your partner and/or children. Call the Stop Gender Based Violence helpline (0800 150 150). Talk to friends, relatives and colleagues to take a stand against abuse of women and children. Try and understand how your own attitudes and actions might perpetuate sexism and violence. Join community policing forums (CPFs).The community and the local police stations are active partners in ensuring local safety and security. The goal is to bring about effective crime prevention by launching intelligence-driven crime-prevention projects in partnership with the local community.You may want to also become a reservist, a member of the community who volunteers his/her services and time to support local policing efforts to fight crime. For more information on how to join, contact your local police station. What is government doing? Government is establishing a Council on Violence against Women and Children. The Advisory Council will comprise of key government departments, civil society organisations and other relevant partners. It will coordinate comprehensive initiatives implemented to stop the scourge. The Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill (Draft) will provide government with the legislative authority to fast-track the empowerment of women and address issues of enforcement and compliance towards the attainment of our target of 50/50 gender parity. Development of a barometer to measure the number of women who will benefit from the five million jobs that we seek to create in the next 10 years under the New Growth Path, will highlight the high impact of unemployment on women. Government provides support to children to fight child poverty. More than 10,5 million children benefit from the child support grant, while we provide foster care benefits to over 563 000 vulnerable children. Government subsidises close to 800 000 children at early childhood development centres to enable children from poor households to obtain early education. In addition, more than eight million children at primary and secondary schools benefit from school-feeding schemes. On 6 June 2011, Government launched the Strategy and Guidelines on Children Working and Living in the Streets [PDF]. This Strategy provides guidance on the services and programmes to be rendered to children living and working in the streets. The Expanded Public Works Programme and a community works programme provide short-term employment opportunities while also responding to pressing community challenges. The Green Paper on Families [PDF] seeks to strengthen and support families as the cornerstone of a well-functioning society. Government led a national Rural Women’s Summit in May 2011 to empower women with information on how to access various departmental programmes. With the help of Government, women in Tzaneen run successful farms, mining as well as arts and crafts projects. These projects employ a number of people and their products are sold in domestic and foreign markets. Since 1994, Government has developed several pieces of legislation to redress the wrongs affecting women and children. Where to get help Counselling and support for women National Crisis Helpline (Lifeline) 0861 322 322 Stop Gender-Based Violence Helpline 0800 150 150 People Opposed to Women Abuse 011 642 4345 Family and Marriage Society of South Africa 012 460 0733 National Network on Violence Against Women 012 321 4959 Counselling and support for children Childline 0800 055 555 Social Security Child support grants 0800 601 011 Healthcare Marie Stopes clinics 0800 11 77 85 Depression and Anxiety Group 011 783 1474 AIDS Helpline 0800 012 322 AID for AIDS 0860 100 646 Legal assistance Legal Aid Board 011 845 4311 Lawyers for Human Rights 011 339 1960 Campaigns for men who support no violence Men as Partners Project 011 833 0504 Information Sexual Harassment Education Project 011 403 0541 Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation 011 403 5650 South African Police Service 10111 Suicide Crisis Line 0800 567 567

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