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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

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE ISSUED 16 NOVEMBER 2014

Salary negotiations: Labour tabled their demands on 30 September 2014. The demands in brief were: • All outstanding matters emanating from previous resolutions are to be addressed and resolved. • An overall salary increase of 15% percent across the board. • Single term (one year) agreement • In the absence of the conclusion of a Government Employees Housing Scheme (GEHS) agreement, the housing allowance must increase from R900 to R3000 per month. • Government Employees Medical Aid Scheme, an increase of 28.5% for both GEMS and open scheme members. This must be effective from the 1st January 2015, with the increase to be adjusted on an annual basis based on the average medical aid inflation of the previous year. • Equalization of subsidies in respect of open medical aid schemes • Family responsibility leave to include immediate family members and parents-in-law • 6 months paid maternity leave, and 2 weeks paid paternity leave • Salary levels 1 to 3 to be compressed and level 4 to be an entry level into the public service • The State must develop a bursary scheme for public service employees’ children • Effective from 1 January 2016, employees are to be given the right to choose which month of the year their 13th cheque should be paid to them • 10 days special leave for employees who have children with special needs • Recognition of prior learning (RPL) to be used as criteria for qualifying categories of employees to be brought to a desired entry salary level. Pre negotiations phase: Council agreed to a pre-negotiations process, with the aim of resolving technical issues before the actual process of negotiations start. In previous negotiations it was found that technical matters had the tendency of slowing down processes of substantial negotiations and therefore Council wanted to ensure that in this round it will not be the case. Council concluded on the process of pre-negotiations. One of the more important matters agreed to in the pre-negotiations were the discussions on the CPI (Consumer Price Index). Parties deliberated and agreed that the projected CPI for consideration during this round of negotiations is at 5.8% and this should be used as a baseline for entering or starting the 2014/15 salary negotiations. Wage negotiations: The employer is currently preparing a response to the demands of Labour and indicated that they will be ready soon to start the process of negotiations. Parties have and are still committed to finalise this process by the end of December 2014. As and when the employer tables their response to the demands, we will update you again. 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: 1. Review of the Impact of Outsourcing in the Public Service Council agreed to conduct a review on the impact of outsourcing and agentisation in the Public Service. The review will amongst others consider the following; • The review should consider the stated rationale of outsourcing and agentisation, e.g. cost efficiency and effectiveness vis-a-vis the practical results of such undertakings. • In this regard, the review must take into consideration the cost implication to government to perform a particular function against the cost implication of the same function now performed by the relevant agency/ company/ organization/ institution; • Also to consider future escalation in cost, taking into account inflation and expanding demand or need. • The prevalence of wastage and corruption related to tenders and payments made to the private sector partners for their services, vis-a-vis these functions and services being performed by government. 2. Decent Work Decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives. It involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men. Council will establish a joint venture with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in conducting an independent study on decent work within the Public Service. The report will be tabled to Council by March 2015. 3. GEHS Parties agreed to introduce a Government Employees Housing Scheme (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 will follow soon; • Review of Occupational Classes qualifying for danger allowance; • Minimum Service Level Agreement for the Public Service; • Review of the remuneration policy of the Public Service with the remuneration of educators receiving priority attention within the review process; • The review of Resolution 3 of 2009, the salary structure and career pathing for non-OSD employees; and • The review of the PMDS for Public Servants. The Negotiations process is ongoing and a further update will be published soon.

MATRIC EXAMINATIONS WELL WISHES

The PSCBC would like to extend its well wishes to all students that are writing their matric examinations. This is the final hurdle for students to complete their secondary schooling career so aim high and make us all proud. Students, educators, parents and administrators have dedicated many years towards this cause so we would like to wish them all every possible success during this trying time. Students, this exam is your gateway to your future and it is all in your hands. Make the best of it, study wisely, work diligently and apply your minds when writing your exams and you will definitely achieve success. Many of you will continue with your tertiary education and many will progress to the world of work, we look forward to the new batch of matriculants that will usher in fresh thoughts and ideas in order to build our democracy into one of the most progressive nations in the world. We all look forward to you attaining good results however the Nation will embrace you even though you do not attain your desired results. There is no need to feel rejected or despondent as we are all children of God. YOU HAVE THE KEY; NOW OPEN THE DOOR TO SUCCESS. GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS.

World Teachers Day 2014

The 05 October 2014 marks the celebration of World Teachers Day. The PSCBC acknowledges the pivotal role played by teachers towards the development of our progressive South African nation.  Teachers remain the pillars of our communities and work tirelessly, give unselfishly with humility and dedication to transfer knowledge and values from generation to generation. Being a teacher is the greatest service that can be provided to mankind and remains the main source of nourishment for the intellect of students. The PSCBC will continue with its vision, which is to promote sound labour relations through collective bargaining and dispute management to assist teachers in executing their tedious duties. On this momentous day, we salute the Teacher, may God always bless the teacher to champion this cause of building a better country for all our citizens and to make South Africa one of the most progressive nations in the world. May this noble profession continue to grow and flourish. The PSCBC further acknowledges the valuable role played by the Public Service Trade Unions towards the development of this noble profession.  

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