Press Release (immediate release)
Date: 15 June 2017
Pretoria- The Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) has been monitoring the ongoing labour dispute, regarding working hours, between the Department of Home Affairs and Organised Labour in the General Public Service Sectoral Bargaining Council (GPSSBC).
It is the understanding of the PSCBC that a strike notice was served by the Public Servants Association (PSA) commencing strike action on the 19th June 2017 and have also noted from a press releases that the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) have indicated to serve their strike notice on the Department by the 26th June 2017.
The functions of the Department are critical in ensuring the stability of the Country at amongst others the ports of entry, registration of births and deaths of citizenry and other critical functions. Strike action in the Department will have a serious impact on the public service and it will be in the public’s interest to continue to attempt to resolve this matter.
Parties agreed to mediation under the auspices of the PSCBC to assist in resolving this matter.
Due to the significance and importance of settling this matter, Minister Faith Muthambi (Minister of Department of Public Service & Administration) and Prof Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize (Minister of Home Affairs) availed themselves with senior leadership of
Trade Unions in a mediation process on the 15th June 2017.
From the engagement, parties have agreed to settle this matter, in that the department is to withdrawn, with immediate effect, the circular that unilaterally introduced a new shift system for weekend work. The Trade Unions have agreed to withdrawn their strike notice and therefore suspend any intended strike action. Parties have further committed to engage in a process of negotiation on working hours in the Departmental Chamber of the GPSSBC.
The PSCBC would like to thank the parties to the dispute for their positive contributions, commitment and dedication in concluding this long standing matter.
Mr Frikkie De Bruin – PSCBC : General Secretary
Telephone: 082 896 5006/ 012 644 8100
Mr Oomang Parag - PSCBC: Manager Communications
Cell: 082 319 1198/ 012 6448100