• Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council

    Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council

    A Bargaining Council positioned to advance and influence change in the labour market environment

  • Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council

    Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council

    Promoting sound labour relations through collective bargaining and dispute management both locally and internationally

  • Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council

    Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council

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  • Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council

    Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council

    Promoting sound labour relations through collective bargaining and dispute management both locally and internationally

  • Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council

    Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council

    A Bargaining Council positioned to advance and influence change in the labour market environment

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VAVI'S UNION BODY GETS ROLLING – BUSINESS DAY


The new trade union federation, which has been championed by former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, has been registered officially with the Department of Labour.
The new labour organisation could rival or even be bigger than the ANC’s alliance partner Cosatu, as it claims that more than 40 unions had expressed interest in signing up.
It was registered on Friday under the name South African Federation of Trade Unions. Registration will now allow the new federation to start operating and recruiting membership.
The name would be ratified or changed at the launching congress to be held from April 21-23, said Vavi, the convener of the new federation’s steering committee.
The aim of the new federation was to win back the trust of workers, he said.
"Unless we can win back the confidence [of the workers] we will be another Cosatu or we will just be adding numbers. We don’t want to add numbers, we want to make a difference.
"So we are acutely aware that the issue of winning confidence and trust is going to be the most important campaign of whether we going to be the guys who further fragment the trade union movement more instead of being the ones who truly liberated the [workers]."
Vavi said 21 unions had received mandates and budgets to support the new federation and had officially signed up.
"That’s what we used to register the federation. We said here are the 21 unions that have a congress mandate," he said. Another 18 unions still needed a mandate from their members before joining, Vavi said.
Among the 18 were some of Cosatu’s affiliates.
Those unions which had not yet signed up would be allowed to attend the federation’s congress in April but would not have voting powers.
Vavi said the new federation was insisting that unions receive a mandate from their members before joining.
Cosatu’s membership base has declined enormously after it expelled its largest affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA at the end of 2014 and after the Food and Allied Workers Union left the federation in August 2016.
It is believed that these two unions were among the new federation’s key affiliates.
Vavi was expelled from Cosatu in March 2015 after a long struggle with Cosatu and the governing ANC.
Unlike Cosatu, which is allied to the ANC, Vavi said the new federation would not be aligned to any political party.
The new body had learned a great deal from the Cosatu experience that such unions could be prejudicial to worker issues, Vavi said.
Various Cosatu leaders took sides when the ANC formed factions at the Mangaung elective conference where Jacob Zuma was elected president for a second term.
The federation must be unaligned politically, after growing concerns of disaffection over political parties, which Vavi said was evident in the results of 2016’s local government elections and in the continued fragmentation of organised labour.
Cosatu spokesman Sizwe Pamla said the trade union federation did not have any view on the new federation. "We have to respect their right to do so. Preferably we would have wanted a situation where workers unite, but we can’t stop anyone from forming anything."
Cosatu would not talk on behalf of any affiliate if they were considering a move to the new federation, Pamla said. But at February’s central executive committee its affiliates had said they were committed to Cosatu.
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LABOUR STRIKE HITS HARMONY'S KUSASALETHU MINE– FIN24

Cape Town - Harmony Gold [JSE:HAR] announced on Thursday that employees of its Kusasalethu mine have embarked on an illegal strike, following the suspension of the branch leadership of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU).
Harmony shares traded 1.47% lower at R30.15 by 09:45 on the JSE.
According to Harmony the suspensions came after AMCU encouraged workers to embark on a go slow at the mine.
"The AMCU branch leadership encouraged the illegal go slow at the mine, resulting in only 25% of the workforce reporting for work yesterday (Wednesday)," said Harmony. "The illegal go slow was called in response to the disciplinary procedures against 40 employees, following the illegal sit-in at Kusasalethu in January this year."
Harmony said its management has sought an urgent meeting with AMCU to discuss the strike, which it said could lead to further disciplinary action. It expressed concern at reports of worker intimidation, and said that no employees have reported for the day shift on Thursday.
"We appeal to AMCU leadership to be responsible in its actions, to publicly condemn any form of intimidation and act against members engaging in intimidation, and to engage with management through the processes and procedures in place to deal with workplace disputes,” said Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp.
Fin24 was still awaiting comment from AMCU at the time of writing.
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WE WILL INTENSIFY OUR STRIKE, SAYS NEHAWU, EVEN AFTER BABY DIES-THE HUFFINTON POST

The Gauteng government and the health workers' union did not discuss emergency staffing of child care centres during their strike.
More than 90 children were moved out of the state-run facilities into NGOs on Friday because strikers blockaded the care centres; on Tuesday a six-month-old baby girl died and the Gauteng Department of Social Development has said the move may have been a factor in her death. The situation follows weeks of public anger over the death of at least 100 psychiatric patients who were moved out of Gauteng state facilities into unregistered NGOs in order to save money.
"We've done nothing wrong. The blame should fall squarely on the department for not putting measures in place to avert any deaths in relation to the strike because they knew as early as February 10 that the strike was going to take place," said Khaya Xaba, the national spokesperson for the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu).
The blockade was for the picket line not to block people going into the care centres, he said.
Xaba said it was the department's prerogative and responsibility, as the employer, to put measures in place to ensure the facilities are staffed during a strike.
"There are mechanisms put in place for essential services. It's not the duty of Nehawu."
Xaba agreed that the children also have rights, and said they were supposed to get services from the department, not Nehawu. He said if the department's management had dealt with the workers' issues earlier, then the matter would have been resolved long ago.
"Remember, the strike was legal and every worker has the right to strike," he said.
Some of the healthworkers are classified as essential services, who are restricted from striking.
"We can't be striking and thinking on behalf of the department. It's not our duty to think on their behalf. We have to think. What we have to think about is workers; they have to think about essential services. So we can't think on their behalf."
No essential services staffing arrangement was in place and no discussion on this between the union and department on this.
"That was supposed to be initiated by them. If they don't come to us and initiate it, to us it means that they have a plan in place. That's what we thought."
"It's an unfortunate situation that should never have happened. We are very sorry it happened like that. But having said that, the strike is not going to end, we are going to intensify the strike."
"Because this move by the department to call a press conference tomorrow [Wednesday]: we see it as nothing but trying to get public sympathy."
Will Nehawu discuss with the department how to staff the care centres so that the children are not at risk? "We are always available for consultation or for negotiation. The ball is in their court. They are supposed to come to us, negotiate with us," said Xaba.
He described the department's planned media briefing on Wednesday as "they are looking for a fight".
The strike is a national dispute which started in August 2015, said Xaba. The workers want better pay, rural allowances, tools of the trade and for casual assistants to be employed by the public service. "They've not been willing to engage with us, instead they have treated us with sheer arrogance."
On February 10 workers marched to the Health Ministry and gave the minister five days to respond but did not get a response. The strike notice was issued on February 10 and the strike started on March 13, said Xaba.
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NUMSA WANTS INVESTIGATIONS INTO HOW THE ROAD ACCIDENT FUND OPERATES-BUSINESS DAY

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is referring the Road Accident Fund (RAF) to the public protector and Parliament, saying the fund could be "mismanaging" motorists’ personal information.
On Monday, the union said it had filed a complaint with the public protector and it expected to write to Parliament on Wednesday requesting that the fund be looked into.
The RAF has been technically insolvent since 1981.
The DA has indicated it was considering laying criminal charges against some officials amid suspicions that legal syndicates were colluding with RAF officials to rip off the fund. DA deputy transport spokesman Chris Hunsinger said on Monday the party had received many complaints from the public.
Numsa represents about 36% of the RAF’s staff. More than 800 downed tools last Thursday after wage talks deadlocked. The employees also complained of huge pay disparities and a lack of supporting equipment.
Litigation and the subsequent attachment of office equipment and computers was putting the "the privacy and confidentiality of millions of citizens at risk", said Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim.
Information given to Parliament showed that the RAF had been subject to about 200 attachments in the past three years, Hunsinger said.
The RAF said it was not possible for motorists’ information to be compromised during such attachments but it would not comment further pending the conclusion of talks with Numsa.
It has said previously that despite severe financial pressure it continued to remunerate employees fairly and conducted salary benchmarking exercises.
Numsa wants the public protector to investigate how legal issues at the fund are affecting day-to-day operations.
"On average, a litigation officer can have 1,500 files and work on five trial matters a day. The department and its staff are not doing justice to their tasks or to the road accident victims based on an unrealistic workload," Numsa said.
In February, the RAF announced it was unable to make payouts to its claimants after the sheriff of the court attached its bank accounts. This followed a R11m demand by law firms for unpaid claims. While payments have resumed, the fund said it still had a backlog of R8.2bn for 5,200 claims. This was despite an additional 50c levy granted by the Treasury in 2015, which led to a 46% jump in revenue to R33bn for 2015-16.
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Today we celebrate World Water Day 2017 under the theme " Sanitation and Wastewater: The Untapped Resource". A celebration will be taking place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Conference Center in Durban with over 1000 local and International delegates attending. These delegates will include World leaders, experts and researchers in water and sanitation. A United Nations report will be released during the celebration and will urge countries to re-use waste water. #WorldWaterDay ... See MoreSee Less

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