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SA Protest News 22 29 August 2010 (2010) SA Protest News 22 29 August 2010.  : -.

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Mining union to join S.African strike next week
AFP 27 August 2010

CAPE TOWN — South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said Friday it will strike for one day next week if the state does not give in to wage demands of a 10-day old public sector stay-away.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the biggest in the country with 320,000 workers, will down tools next Thursday if the state does not budge on its offer to public workers who went on open-ended strike on August 18.

"They must solve the problem between now and Wednesday. And if they say they are unable to resolve the issue, we would join the public sector by Thursday," union spokesman Lesiba Seshoka told AFP.

South Africa's chief labour federation Cosatu has called on all its affiliates to down tools next week in support of the public sector workers who embarked on mass demonstrations countrywide on Thursday.

In a statement, NUM said it fully supported the strike and would "ensure that every mining operation, every construction site and every energy worker joins the public sector strike in different forms" on Thursday.

"We call on all our members to listen to the call from their branch leadership and be ready for action," it said.

The strike has had severe impacts on schools and hospitals where more than 3,000 soldiers are working at 49 facilities alongside skeleton staff battling to care for patients.

The soldiers include around 2,000 military health workers, and security and support staff.

Unions are insisting on an 8.6 percent increase and a 1,000-rand (137-dollar, 107-euro) housing allowance. The government is offering seven percent and a 700-rand allowance.

The unions' wage demand is more than twice the rate of inflation, which the government says would force cuts in public services that already struggle to meet demand.
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Water crisis this Monday!
SAMWU PRESS STATEMENT 27th August 2010

This Monday South Africa will for the very first time experience a serious water crisis, following the unresolved wage negotiations dispute in the water sector.

The South African Municipal Workers union which is the largest trade union in the sector and the National health and Allied Workers Union will bring members to the streets as from the 30th August 2010 in all the water boards in the country.

SAMWU in Limpopo has already mobilised all their members to participate in the protest action, members are ready to take to the streets to fight for their demands. The workers reasonable and legitimate demands are as follows;

Salary Ranges
% Increase

1. 3000 – 6000
13.5

2. 6001- 10 000
12.5

3. 10 001 – 15 000
12

4. 15 001 +
11
Or 12.5 % across the board

The South African Association of water utilities (employer association) has offered a meagre 9% wage increase across the board, which the Unions refused.

SAMWU and NEHAWU members will be embarking on national industrial action as from Monday the 30th August 2010.

For further comment contact SAMWU’s Provincial Chairperson, Mamaile Manthata on 073 941 3595.

Issued by;

Tahir Sema.
South African Municipal Workers' Union of COSATU.
National Media and Publicity Officer.
tahir.sema@samwu.org.za
Office: 011-331 0333.
Cell: 0829403403.


COSATU denies secret wage talks reports
Siyabonga Ntshingila 28 August 2010

Trade union federation Cosatu has denied talk of secret closed door talks to resolve the public servants strike rocking the nation.

Cosatu spokesperson Mugwena Maluleke said :” We have not had a meeting. I can speak on behalf of Cosatu that there was no meeting”. Newspapers today detailed reports of talks allegedly held late last night between the Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi and Cosatu.

Maluleke said the union was not aware of where the rumours emanated from. Malukeke also added that the memoranda that Cosatu presented at its various marches yesterday had given the state 24hrs to respond and that they were still awaiting a response. The strike has entered its tenth day with 1.3 million public servants set to be joined by millions of other workers as secondary support strikes get rolling.

Workers are seeking an 8.6% salary increase along with a R1,000 monthly housing allowance.
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Further industrial unrest threatens South AfricaBy the CNN Wire Staff
CNN 27 August 2010

Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN) -- Another powerful union in South Africa is threatening to join the massive strike that has already crippled the country.

The National Union of Mineworkers said Friday it will join the public sector strike next week if the government does not meet the demands of strikers who want more money.

"We are angry that whilst those who are privileged have children go to school overseas; our children have turned into street kids," the union said in a statement.

"The NUM fully supports the public sector strike and would next week Thursday ensure that every mining operation, every construction site and every energy worker joins the public sector strike in different forms."

The mineworkers union is the largest union in the Congress of South African Trade Unions, the group says.

Industrial unrest has hit South Africa several times during the past few weeks as striking public sector workers have halted services across the country, including at schools and hospitals.

Employees have called for wage rises of more than eight percent -- well above inflation -- and enhanced housing allowances as part of their demands.

But the government says it cannot afford to meet workers' demands and has ordered military doctors and nurses into dozens of hospitals to protect vulnerable members of society.

Public sector wages make up a third of South African government spending. Unemployment stands at 25 percent.

Striking workers have rallied in South Africa's main cities and towns, including the capital Pretoria, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Limpopo, KwaZulu Natal and the North West Province among others.

CNN's Kim Norgaard and Robyn Curnow contributed to this report.
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AfriForum launches stay away action against “Tshwane” Show
Solidarity 27 August 2010

AfriForum has initiated a campaign to convince residents of Pretoria to boycott the “Tshwane” Show, in protest against the changing of the Pretoria Show’s name to the “Tshwane” Show. As part of the campaign, AfriForum is distributing 220 000 pamphlets to households in Pretoria and vicinity to inform the public that the Show has turned its back on the name of Pretoria.

According to Kallie Kriel, CEO of AfriForum, his organisation has made continuous efforts to convince the Show’s management by means of constructive discussions not to change the name to “Tshwane” Show. The fact that these requests have fallen on deaf ears, has obliged AfriForum to take action and to launch the campaign against the Show,” Kriel said.
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CEPPWAWU to join Public Sector Unions
In secondary Strike
CEPPWAWU media and communications department.

The Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union-CEPPWAWU are set to join the public sector unions in a solidarity strike next week Thursday. We support the call made by COSATU for all its affiliates to join the solidarity strike. As CEPPWAWU we fully support our colleagues in their demands for a living wage. We call on the employer to meet the demands of the workers immediately before there is crisis in all sectors of the economy.

Our 70 000 industry members are being mobilised for a total shutdown of our sectors. Some of the companies that will be affected by CEPPWAWU joining the strike are the petroleum companies, pulp and paper, packaging companies, chemical industries and the pharmaceutical companies which among others are responsible for the manufacturing of critical drugs like ARV’s. It is not our intention to engage in this solidarity mass action but we are forced by the intransigence of the government.

We support and sympathize with the public strike because we believe the demands of the workers are legitimate and within the reach of the government. As workers we are also affected by the closure of schools and hospitals. We reject any insinuations that workers are not patriotic and reasonable in their demands.

Further to that we condemn the disinformation and intimidation by the government spokesperson and the minister of Public Administration. This is an indication that the government is not honest in its engagement with its employees who are doing everything in their powers to serve our country. This is not the way to reward these hard working workers.

Already the strike has had terrible consequences for the ordinary citizens causing collapse of service delivery in hospitals and education in particular. We are very clear that the blame must be put squarely at the feet of the government. We do not believe that there is no money, yet government is willing to deploy the army, extra security, volunteers, massive media adverts against the strike. On a daily basis the strike is costing government billions of Rands, in transfer costs from public hospitals to private hospitals and other logistics expenses. This is the money that government should use to pay the workers. The money already spend by government during the strike is more than what the workers are asking for. Workers are not to blame.

Finally we call on President Zuma to provide leadership in these trying times. And that the alliance must urgently convene to find a solution to this crisis before more damage is done to the economy.

Issued by; CEPPWAWU media and communications department.

For more information contact secretariat: 011 833 2870


Limpopo Farm Workers Demand Ten Percent Increase

FAWU Press Statement: For Immediate Release
Thursday 26 August 2010

Hennie Fouche Boerdery Workers On Strike

About forty farm labourers of Hennie Fouche Boerdery in Mookgophong in Limpopo are all members of the Food and Allied Workers’ Union[FAWU] and have been on strike since Monday 23, August as a result of a wage dispute. Workers have been toyi-toying outside the premises but have been arrested by the police due to so-called noise and public violence. Fortunately all of them have been released and is persevering with the strike.

Workers demand a ten percent increase while the employer is offering 6.9% across the board. Workers also demand a providend fund. Some workers are earning R 1 100.00 way below the current minimum wage of R 1316.69.

FAWU is currently liasing with other COSATU affiliated unions and structures in the Mookgophong township and surrounding villages for support for the strike.

Please call the Limpopo Provincial Secretary , Nelson Semenya on 082 492 5154 for more information.

Released by FAWU media office
Dominique Swartz
082 498 5631
dominique@fawu.org.za.
www.fawu.org.za


Public servants hit the streets
Mail & Guardian 26 August 2010

Thousands of striking public servants took to the streets in mass marches countrywide on Thursday, vowing to continue with a disruptive strike that has pitted trade unions against the government.

In Johannesburg, workers danced, blew vuvuzelas, sang songs against President Jacob Zuma, and chanted: "We are going, we are going to Luthuli House."

"We will stop striking as soon as the government gives us what we want," said National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) member carrying a placard which read: "Zuma, I'm your Standard Two teacher".

Another poster read: "Prostitutes are earning more than teachers".

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Gauteng provincial chairperson Phutas Tseki said its members were determined to push ahead with the strike that started last Wednesday.

"We are prepared to strike as long as our demands are not met. We hope that the government will respond. If it does not, the strike will continue," said Tseki.

A large police contingent watched the marchers as they headed to the office of Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

'We behaved, now reward us'
"We want the government to come forward with an improved offer," said Monica Venter, the Public Servants' Association provincial manager in Johannesburg.

"The reason why we are protesting is to show the government that the public servants are angry."

Slogans on marchers' T-shirts read: "Stop exploitation of our nurses", and "Defending workers' rights".

In Bloemfontein, thousands of people marched peacefully through the Free State's town streets, also wearing colourful union T-shirts and carrying banners.

One placard read: "We behaved during the World Cup. Now reward us with 8,6%."

Cosatu and the Independent Labour Caucus were staging marches in all provinces to demand an 8,6% salary increase and R1 000 monthly housing allowance.

The government has offered them a 7% salary increase and R700 housing allowance, excluding a 1,5% pay progression.

As 1,3-million union members stayed away from work, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) increased its support of hospitals.

SANDF spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said 2 812 soldiers had been deployed to help out at 47 hospitals countrywide.

"We are getting more requests ... mainly for doctors and nurses," he said.

"We have also brought in more soldiers to help keep the places clean and tidy."

Dlamini said he was unfazed by threats from soldier unions to strike in solidarity with public servants.

"I am having peaceful nights ... the soldiers know the rules and regulations," he said.

The SA National Defence Union (Sandu) said on Thursday it would make an announcement on Friday about taking part in a solidarity strike, as called for by Cosatu.

"The problem is, if this problem is not solved, there's a possibility that we might be seen as scab labour," said Sandu spokesperson Jeff Dubazana.

"We are not going to allow our workers to be seen in that particular fashion. That is why we are planning action."

He said Sandu members would "go on a march" or picket, but when asked if that meant they would not stay away from work, he replied: "It can be picketing for the whole day."

'Reasonable' demands
Dubazana blamed the situation on the government's "lack of leadership".

"What the public servants are asking ... it's very reasonable, what they should be asking for is 16%," he said.

The SA Security Force Union (Sasfu) made a similar statement. Sasfu president Bhekinkosi Mvovo said the union's national executive leadership would meet on Sunday to discuss members joining the strike.

"Soldiers' social economic conditions are much worse than the teachers and nurses," Mvovo said.

"We are calling on our members not to act as scab labour during this period," he said.

Mvovo hoped the wage dispute between the government and public service unions would be resolved by the time the union meets on Sunday. He acknowledged that a strike by soldiers would have a crippling effect.

"It will be a big blow," Mvovo said.

Not only hospitals have been affected by the strike; many schools are closed throughout the country and several provincial education departments have postponed preliminary matric exams for two weeks.

The SA National Aids Council (Sanac) expressed concern on Thursday about the affects of the strike on HIV-positive people, saying it had received reports of patients struggling to get access to medicine. - Sapa
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Exarro strike to spread like wildfire
NUM 26 August 2010

The strike by over 600 workers at Exarro Sands in Kwazulu-Natal entered a fourth day today. The employer refused to budge on the 14% wage demand by Exarro Sands workers. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is currently considering bringing the entire Exarro to its knees, that is, spreading the mass action throughout Exarro operations in the country. Workers demand that Exarro should also phase out Grade 8 in order to address the problem of lowest paid workers and ban labour brokers. The National Union of Mineworkers calls on Exarro to reconsider its position or face the ire of the workers as a whole otherwise the strike will spread like wildfire to all its operations and will take forever and ever Amen as from the next week.
Lesiba Seshoka
National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)
7 Rissik Street ,JOHANNESBURG
Tel: (011) 377 2047
Mobile: 082 803 6719


“We will liquidate Richards Bay Minerals” says NUM
NUM 26 August 2010

Over a 1700 workers belonging to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) at Rio Tinto ‘s Richards Bay Minerals in Kwazulu-Natal vowed to “liquidate” the company through a massive prolonged strike action beginning tomorrow. The BHP-Rio Tinto joint venture refused to budge on wages and housing allowances. “Rio Tinto is a very small fish, we are going to drown it and ensure it is liquidated through a prolonged strike action which we will take to its other operations in the country” says Bhekani Ngcobo, the NUM ‘s Regional Coordinator in Kwazulu-Natal. “Once we reach strike action tomorrow, there will be no turning back. Rio would have to meet our demands in full” says Ngcobo. Meanwhile, the NUM has learnt with shock that Rio Tinto argues it will keep the wage increment on the table for just a few days and renege back. “We strongly call to the company to think again for we mean business” said Ngcobo.

The NUM will in the next few days consider spreading the strike which begins tomorrow to Palabora and other BHP operations.

Lesiba Seshoka
National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)
7 Rissik Street ,JOHANNESBURG
Tel: (011) 377 2047
Mobile: 082 803 6719


We Demand Political Leadership & Engagement from the Highest Level of Government – Meet Union Demands for Decent Salaries and Conditions!
A Week into the Public Sector Strike:

Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27 Statement: 25 August 2010

A week into the public sector strike the Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27 regret that no agreement has been reached between striking public service workers and the government. We support the demands of workers and their right to strike. But we regret the growing polarisation, pain and loss of life. This is now a political crisis that requires political leadership and a solution.

In this statement we set out what we believe should guide government and the unions in finding a solution.

The right to health care depends on properly paid health workers!

Section 27 of the Constitution sets out the right of everyone to have access to health care services. It creates a legal duty that binds the government to progressively realise the right of access to health care services within its ‘available resources’. A key component of the delivery of health care services is an efficient, properly staffed and motivated public service. Employees working in conditions where they are underpaid and forced to endure undignified conditions of service cannot meet this standard.

We do not understand why some of our society’s most essential workers are the lowest paid.

We do understand the anger of workers at the growing inequality in our country fed by the conspicuous consumption of those who occupy high governmental office.

Playing brinkmanship with the unions and attempting to defeat the strike is wrong. If government does defeat the strike it will not have won. Essential workers will return to work further alienated, demoralised, demotivated and angry. Delivery of health care services will suffer.

Reach a Minimum Service Level Agreement with Unions

We understand the worker’s anger and frustration. But TAC and SECTION27 are concerned that striking workers have engaged in intimidation and violence against non-striking workers and endangered the lives of patients. It is vital that the workers hold the moral high ground in this strike. It is vital that the union members act constitutionally – even when government is not.

We commend the spirit of ubuntu and volunteerism that has motivated many people to volunteer in public hospitals to attempt to fill the gap in service delivery in the past week. But we note that this has been made necessary only because government has failed to negotiate minimum service level agreements with public sector workers.

We are worried about the consequences for health of the lack of delivery resulting from the absence of health workers. We appeal to COSATU and all unions to immediately announce that they will support efforts to ensure that people requiring chronic medicines, including ARVs and TB drugs, are able to receive these medicines.

As we have said before, it is vital that minimum service level agreements are finalised with unions so that public sector workers can exercise their constitutional right to strike whilst at the same time preventing avoidable loss of life.

Political Leadership after the Strike

We believe that the actions of Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, in volunteering himself to provide health services are motivated by a genuine desire to save lives. However, when the strike is over his visible leadership and determination must carry through to the urgent measures that are needed to stabilise our health system, including:

· Re-deploying bureaucrats from over staffed offices of the national and provincial health departments into health care facilities.

· Holding hospital CEOs strictly to account for performance.

· Identifying and punishing the rank corruption in the health system.

· Urgently finalising a rural health strategy.

· Urgently finalising a reasonable human resource for health plan and negotiating within Cabinet to ensure that there are sufficient resources available to implement it.

Ensuring Available Resources for Health

The government continues to claim that the demands of workers are unaffordable. But it has failed to supply evidence. They have not offered a thorough analysis of the fiscal situation to substantiate their claim. The Constitution demands more of them.

The National Treasury’s disengagement is also to be regretted. We call on the Treasury to provide an account of the available resources for the public service as well as a plan to indicate how public servants will be properly paid in years ahead.

Without a properly funded plan for health and education we will not achieve the rights promised by our Constitution.

This statement is also endorsed by the Rural Health Advocacy Project

For further comment contact:

Nonkosi Khumalo: TAC Chairperson 074 1945 911

Vuyiseka Dubula: TAC General Secretary 082 7633 005


SAMWU and community of Musina to protest
SAMWU PRESS STATEMENT 25th August 2010

The South African Municipal Workers Union and the community of Musina will protest on the 26th August 2010 in Musina at 14h00-16h30.

The purpose of the march is to hand over a memorandum to the Musina Executive Mayor; with regards to corruption and the redeployment of the Municipal Manager and the Hospital CEO.

SAMWU invites all media houses to cover the Protest March Action.

For further comment contact SAMWU’s Branch Secretary Ali Sematla on 082 644 9850 or the SAMWU Limpopo Provincial Secretary, Alfred Sithole on 072 159 6495.

Issued by;

Tahir Sema.
South African Municipal Workers' Union of COSATU.
National Media and Publicity Officer.
tahir.sema@samwu.org.zaThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Office: 011-331 0333.
Cell: 0829403403.


SAMWU EC to join Public Sector strike!
SAMWU PRESS STATEMENT 25th August 2010

The Largest local Government Union in the Eastern Cape has today confirmed that it would be pledging its solidarity with Public Sector workers and their legitimate demands. SAMWU in the EC will begin mobilizing its 16 000 workers in the Province, to embark on solidarity protest action with the Public Sector workers.

SAMWU members in the Eastern Cape will embark on solidarity protest actions as soon as next week Monday. There will be a total shutdown of Municipal Services in the Province.

We have been saddened by the way in which Government negotiators are dealing with the workers reasonable and legitimate demands. Government negotiators should be dealt with sternly, for not resolving the current dispute with the Public Sector workers.

SAMWU would also like to condemn in the strongest possible manner the Police brutality that has been witnessed, against innocent workers. We are calling upon the Government to reign in those Police officers who have been antagonising and provoking innocent protestors.

Meanwhile SAMWU in Gauteng is readying its membership, some 52 000 workers to down tools this Friday, in support of the Public Sector workers.

If Government does not resolve the current impasse as soon as possible, as many as 150 000 SAMWU members will be downing tools nationwide.

For further comment, contact SAMWU’s Eastern Cape Provincial Secretary Siphiwo Ndunyana on 0784040482

Issued by;

Tahir Sema.
South African Municipal Workers' Union of COSATU.
National Media and Publicity Officer.
tahir.sema@samwu.org.zaThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Office: 011-331 0333.
Cell: 0829403403.


Gauteng SACP in support of the Public Service strike

The SACP in Gauteng is fully behind the public service strike and is convinced that the demands of the workers are legitimate. We have thus far taken it upon ourselves to mobilize the rest of civil society and our communities to understand and support this action.

We have however been taken aback by the intransigence of the employer by misleading the public, insinuating that there is a new offer on the table. Such actions only harden attitudes and militate against rules of engagement as provided for in collective bargaining processes. We call upon the employer to desist from such amateurish tendencies and return to the bargaining table with a better offer as soon as possible, for a speedy resolution of this strike.

We are equally dismayed by the brutal and repressive measures employed by the police in dealing with the striking workers. We have noted with concern that Gauteng law enforcement agencies are the most brutal compared to the rest of the provinces during this period. We condemn such brutality as it only plunges the country into chaos. We therefore call upon authorities, in particular the MEC for Safety in Gauteng to make a decisive intervention to restrain the police.

In the same breath, we condemn in all strongest sense any acts of violence and intimidation attributed to the striking workers as it undermines the legitimacy of our action. We call for maximum discipline amongst the workers. We finally call upon the employer to meet the demands of the workers and that can only be achieved at the negotiating table not through the media platform.

Issued by the SACP Gauteng Province

Contact – Provincial Secretary: Jacob Mamabolo (082 884 1868)

Provincial Spokesperson: Pat Ntsobi (072 671 4258)


Court blocks police from joining strike
Mail & Guardian 26 August 2010

An interim interdict that prohibits all members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) from embarking on a strike was granted by the Labour Court in the early hours of Thursday morning, a national police spokesperson said.

The interdict further prohibits the police and the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) from promoting, encouraging or supporting participation in a strike by all members of the SAPS, Brigadier Sally de Beer said.

She said employees of the SAPS render essential services to the community and as a result they were prohibited from striking in terms of section 65(1)(d) of the Labour Act.

"Employees of the SAPS, both those employed under the South African Police Service Act and those employed under the Public Service Act, may not -- in terms of the SAPS Act and in terms of this interim
interdict -- withhold their labour or participate in strike action."

"Any contravention of this prohibition will lead to disciplinary action being taken, which may include summary dismissal from the police service, De Beer said.

SAPS management approached the court after Popcru announced on Wednesday that about 145 000 police and traffic officers, together with prison warders, will be joining the ongoing national public-service strike on Saturday.

The strike has seen hospital services, schools, courts and other public services disrupted for more than a week as workers demand an 8,6% salary increase and a R1 000 monthly housing allowance.

The workers have rejected government's offer of 7% and a R700 allowance.

'Killing the environment to create a settlement'
Meanwhile, there will be no political intervention to resolve the public-sector strike, the ANC said on Wednesday.

"It is a misnomer that when there is a strike in the public sector it is a political strike that requires presidential intervention," ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said.

Mantashe called on union leaders and the public sector to refrain from making "reckless statements", saying the parties involved should instead invest more time and energy in finding solutions to the matter.

"You are killing the environment to create a settlement. You are killing that space," he said.

Mantashe said it was up to the unions and the government to continue negotiations.

"I believe those negotiating teams have a responsibility. They should engage their principles but ultimately find solutions," he said.

'Lives are being lost'
The marathon strike and threats to "shut down" the economy triggered a chorus of appeals and warnings from the government and politicians on Wednesday.

"The government is extremely concerned about the inflammatory nature of some statements by a number of role-players, including trade union leaders," government spokesperson Themba Maseko in an evening statement.

"These statements, including the threat to shut down the economy, are unhelpful, unnecessary and irresponsible. Such statements serve to fuel further violence and intimidation."

Maseko appealed for calm and responsibility, especially in view of the year-end examinations.

Earlier in the day, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told the National Assembly's health committee it was vital for the strike to come to end.

"Our major concern is to protect life and ensure that patients get the care they need," he said.

"It is critical for the strike to end immediately, as lives are being lost." -- Sapa
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ALL WORKERS TO THE FRONT: OURS IS A STRUGGLE FOR SERVICE DELIVERY
COSATU 26 August 2010

Our members and working class communities are the ones on the receiving
end of the current situation. It is our kids that have not been to
school since the beginning of the strike, it is the workers and their
families who are affected by the non-functioning public hospitals. The
elite in our society are hardly affected by the strike.

Public sector workers call on civil society & communities to support the
strike and not to cross the picket lines. Volunteers are equal to
scabbing & scabbing does deepen frustrations and anger amongst ourselves
as it undermines our legitimate demands. On 26 August 2010 , Tomorrow we
will take our struggle to a higher level embarking on Decentralized Mass
Marches throughout the provinces and regions.

We have no other weapon but the withdrawal of our labour. Workers invite
the members of the media to join and cover the struggles of the working
class nationwide tomorrow.

Attached is a list of all our marches and contact details of organisers
and the deployed leadership.

DECENTRALISED MASS MARCHES 26 AUGUST 2010

PROVINCES
DEPLOYEE
CONTACT PERSON
CONVERRGENCE
TIME
KZN


Pietermaritzburg
Cde Maphila (SADTU DP) 082 709 5686
Phakama – 084 737 4602
Cothoza – 082 339 5760
Dales Park to Legislature
9:00am

GAUTENG

JHB
Cde Maluleke (SADTU GS) 082 783 2968
Tshepo – 082 455 2934
Dumisani - 082 727 1422

To be announced

LIMPOPO
· Polokwane
. Waterburg
. Sikhukhune
. Mopani
. Thohoyandou

Cde Ntola (SADTU Pres) 079 491 3258
Luisa – 0823396004/0837169233
Dan – 082 779 2421


SABC Park to Premier’s Office
9:00am

NORTH WEST
· Mafikeng
· Rustenburg
· Klerksdorp
· Vryburg
· Zeerust


Cde David (DENOSA DGS) 082 775 7687
Cde Alfred (SADNU 1ST DP) 082 596 6693
Brian - 082 809 0232

Rustenburg (Dan Maree Hall)
Vryburg (Huhudi Stadium)
9:00am

NORTHERN CAPE
· Kimberly
· Upington

Bonny Marekwa (POPCRU 2nd VP)
0824924836
Manne – 082 339 5907
Galeshewe (Galeshewe Open Arena)
Upington (Grasatplan)
8:00am

FREE STATE
· Qwaqwa
· Bloemfontein
· Welkom
· Sasolburg

Cde Dorcus (SADTU VP) 082 897 7788
Cde Mabhida (POPCRU DP) 082 820 6078
Cde Percy (SASAWU DGS) 082 657 1143
Cde Freddie (SADNU GS) 082 414 7971
Monyatso
(076 115 9923)
Thabiso (0795569386)
Masabata (083 328 0284)
Vido Qabela (083 711 9438)
Mongezi (082 072 0488)
Teboho?(082 384 0284)

Freedom Square
Erikson Circle
Batho Police Station
Nkgopoleng School
9:00am

EASTERN CAPE

· Bisho
· Mthatha
· Port Elizabeth
· Queenstown
· Lusikisiki
· Butterworth

Cde Makwayiba (NEHAWU 2ND DP) 082 455 1754
Cde Dolopi (SADTU DGS) 082 709 5651
Cde Gazi (SASAWU Pres)
Cde Rubber (POPCRU VP) 082 783 7280
Cde Manelisi (SASAWU GS) 083 659 2517
Cde Gavin Jood (PAWUSA) 084 505 4160
Mkhawuleli – 082 339 5482
Mandla – 082 779 2466


Bisho Show grounds to Premier’s office
Freedom Square to Botha Sigcawu Building
Nongoza Jebe Hall to Vuyisile Mini Square
Queenstown Indoor Sport Center to Department of Labour
Lusikisiki College to Department of Labour.
Butterworths Sports Ground to Magistrate Court
10:00 am



WESTERN CAPE

· Cape Town
Cde Sotaka (NEHAWU 1ST DP) 082 455 1769
Mike – 082 339 5443
Kaizergacht to Parliament
10:00am


MPUMALANGA

· Bushbuckridge
· Witbank
· Ermelo
· Nelspruit

Cde Ndungane Vabaza (SADNU Pres)
Cde Salome (SADTU VP) 079 491 3165
Cde Cebekhulu (POPCRU Pres) 082 557 3958

Mujela – 079 603 8878
Fidel – 082 719 5699

Trinity city to Mapulaneng Hospital
Thembisile to Government Lynville Stadium to Pietkorerenhof
Mpumalanga Stadium to Municipal Offices
Other to be announced
10:00am















NUMSA HAS APPLIED FOR AN URGENT COURT INTERDICT AGAINST POLICE
Numsa 25 August 2010

1. The NATIONAL UNION OF METALWORKERS OF SOUTH AFRICA (Numsa) has
applied for an urgent court interdict against the Johannesburg
Metropolitan Police Departments (JMPD) and South African Police Services
(SAPS) dastardly decision to disapprove the planned mass action by NUMSA
members to the offices of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), in the
suburb of the super rich Sandton. The mass action is scheduled for this
coming weekend Saturday 28 August 2010.

2. We strongly believe that the actions of the JMPD are not neutral, but
has taken a class position and a political offensive directed towards
protecting the rights of the selected and privileged few residing in
Sandton. The actions are also reminiscent of the old apartheid order
police to muscle or suppress popular dissent using organs of class rule,
particularly the police to defend the interests of the ruling elites and
their beneficiaries. This we condemn with serious contempt it deserves!

3. It is our contention that our rights, including the rights to
assemble or protest should never be suppressed or liquidated by the
State, including by the security organs of the State. This is a clear
demonstration that our hard won rights are slowly being eroded and
suppressed by the democratic regime. As NUMSA, an organization that
played a key and revolutionary role in bringing about these rights or
freedoms as encoded in the constitution we will fight with the same
vigour we did under apartheid for our people to enjoy these rights.

4. We want to state it categorically and clear that we will never allow
our country to degenerate or take the route of Zimbabwe, where
democratic rights are at the hands of Robert Mugabe and his cronies.
These actions by the police in cahoots with the State are a sad
indictment to the contribution and role played by Ruth First, Vuyisile
Mini, Jabulile Ndlovu and Chris Hani. They should be turning in their
graves that a police force under the guidance of their organization is
being used to bully and coerce workers in their struggle for a living
wage and sustainable livelihoods.

5. The police and their handlers should be cautious of the words of our
revolutionary icon Cde Nelson Mandela “how many times has the liberation
movement worked together with workers, and at the moment of victory
betrayed the workers? There are many examples of that in the world…You
must support the African National Congress (ANC) only so far as it
delivers the goods; if the ANC government does not deliver the goods,
you must do to it what you have done to the apartheid regime”. Even our
members and the poor are prepared to advance this directive by Cde
Nelson Mandela ‘to do what they have done to the apartheid police’ under
the current conditions of suppression and muzzling by democratic police
force.

Contact:
Castro Ngobese
National Spokesperson – 073 299 1595



Abahlali baseMjondolo Women's League to March on 27 August 2010
Abahlali baseMjondolo Women’s League Press Statement 24 August 2010

In commemoration of National Women’s Day on the 9 August 2010 Abahlali
Women held a mass prayer to unite ourselves and to build our strength
for the next phase of our struggle. In our discussions on that day it
was noted that the mainstream media only gives platforms to privileged
women in senior positions to discuss women’s issues and that nothing is
said about poor women in shacks. We are supposed to remain silent while
those who benefit from the system are the only ones to discuss its
strengths and weaknesses. This is unacceptable to us.
We also felt that it was not enough just to pray for change but that we
also need to take action to hold government accountable for our
continued oppression under this democracy.

It was therefore proposed and agreed to that the women themselves will
organise and lead a protest march to voice our concerns about our plight
and the demands that we are making to the government. We felt that it
was necessary to take this action now as August is Women’s Month.

It was also noted that after numerous protest marches held by Abahlali
that no results were forthcoming from Government. Therefore we have some
of the same demands as we have expressed in previous marches.

Our main demand for this march is for the full restoration of the full
dignity of all poor women in South Africa.

We also have the following demands that can give life to our main demand:

• An immediate end to all evictions. We note that while everyone suffers
in an eviction women are the main victims.
• An immediate agreement to provide basic services to all shack
settlements including enough water, electricity, toilets, refuse
collection and lighting. In the meantime there must be an immediate end
to all disconnections of community organised electricity and water
connections.
• An immediate agreement to upgrade all shack settlements where they are
and to negotiate any moves when upgrades are not possible.
• An immediate end to amathini [transit camps] as they undermine
families, our safety and our dignity.
• Serious action to end all kinds of women abuse ranging from rape to
domestic violence. This means that there must be fair and respectful
policing, proper lighting and safe transport for the poor. An end to
biasness of the law and women exclusion. An end to all evictions as
women becomes the most victims. The final demands will be made at
settlement level by collective means.

We are aware that for these demands to be met the government will have
to ensure that:

• A law is passed that will ensure that the social value of urban land
is put before its commercial value. There should be no more shopping
malls, office parks and golf courses until everyone has a decent house.
People have to count more than money.
• Serious action must be taken to end the biasness of the law towards
the rich and the powerful. Poor people in general and poor women in
particular must have the same right as anyone to use the law and the
courts. Access to justice must be free.

Abahlali Women also note that Eskom has dedicated this week as the
Electricity Safety Awareness Week. Part of their campaign is to get rid
of all self organised connections of electricity. But no one is asking
as to why the homes of the poor are not electrified in the first place.
Eskom, like Durban Electricity, does not ask as to why poor women in
Kennedy Road, Siyanda, eMagwaveni, Umlazi etc must weep all the times
after shack fires that destroy their homes and often kill people. If the
government will not electrify our homes then we will electrify them
ourselves. We will not back down on this.
The March will take place on 27th August 2010 at 08:00-15:00. It will
start at Botha’s Park and proceed to the City Hall.

For more information and comment please contact:

Bandile Mdlalose: 031 304 6420 & 074 730 8120
Fikile Manqele: 084 980 7434
Zandile Nsibande: 074 519 6751

Uyishayile!

Abahlali baseMjondolo, together with with Landless People's Movement
(Gauteng), the Rural Network (KwaZulu-Natal) and the Western Cape
Anti-Eviction Campaign, is part of the Poor People's Alliance - a
national network of democratic membership based poor people's movements.



UWC students in court for violence in protest
Kowthar Solomons and Lynnette Johns 24 August 2010

Fifteen UWC students were due to appear in court on Tuesday morning on
charges of public violence after exits were blocked and tyres burnt on
Monday.

Bricks were also hurled at students in lecture halls and some were
pulled out of their classes.

Thousands of non-protesting students, academic and
administrative staff were prevented from leaving the campus.

The police had to fire water cannons to disperse hundreds of rioting
students.

The campus erupted on Monday afternoon after protesting students were
told there was no funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme
(NSFAS) to pay for academic tuition and food vouchers.

About 150 students did not receive funding and an investigation by the
university showed that some of the students did not qualify for funding,
some were on a waiting list and others had received some of their
funding, UWC spokesperson Luthando Tyhalibongo said on Tuesday morning.

NSFAS has distanced itself from the strife.

Spokesperson Bonny Feldman said on Tuesday that as far as the
organisation was aware, it was an issue of UWC not paying out the vouchers.

The student aid scheme had transferred the money to UWC she said.
Feldman said it was up to institutions to decide how to disperse the
money. "Some universities give the cash and others give the vouchers,"
she said.

Hundreds of students burnt tyres and blockaded the campus roads to
prevent people from entering and leaving.

Students claimed that UWC had refused to explain why the NSFAS funding
was cut. "They cannot expect us to wait for them to get their act together.

"Everything was fine until the start of the second semester in July when
they told us there were problems with the funding. Ever since then we
have been forced to live without the food vouchers and deal with tuition
costs," said student Amaan Phiri.

Last week protest action disrupted classes and forced some students to
abandon tests.

"This has been going on for a while now. The university administration
has seemingly forgotten that we need the funding from NSFAS to survive,"
said another student Winston Erasmus.

kowthar.solomons@inl.co.za
lynnette.johns@inl.co.za



SASFU MEDIA STATEMENT ON THE ONGOING PUBLIC STRIKE:
SASFU 25 August 2010

As the workers in uniform we are greatly concerned about the Governments lack of commitment to end the strike with a proper offer that will meet the genuine demands of the public service workers.

The security services should not be used in a manner that seeks to undermine the right of workers to strike. The scenes that have been wildly reported in the media, of policemen failing to use the minimum force to striking women during the women’s month, are very disturbing.

The continual use of soldiers as scab labour in hospitals is not only unsustainable but is parasitic as the very soldiers stand to benefit to a reasonable settlement and demand of the public service workers. Our government should be careful of developing a negative relationship between the soldiers and the poor as this might strain any future cooperation between soldiers and workers.

In this very month of August in 2009, members of the SANDF marched to Union Buildings for better salaries and living conditions. Some of those members that have sacrificed for the salary adjustments that have been made to the members of the SANDF are still sitting at home whilst receiving salaries. This is a reflection of an uncaring leadership.

We therefore call our members across provinces to engage in legal actions in solidarity of those men and women that continue to live in uncertainty whilst some are reaping the benefits.

For more information contact:
Bhekinkosi Mvovo (SASFU PRESIDENT)
bwmvovo@gmail.com
Cell: 0828281648


Cosatu calls on workers to intensify strike action
Mail & guardian 24 August 2010

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has threatened a total shutdown of the economy with a secondary strike if the government fails to settle its dispute with public-service workers by next Thursday.

"We call on all workers to intensify their action. Every Cosatu-affiliated union must on August 26 submit notice to their employers to embark on a secondary strike," general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Tuesday, referring to a seven-day notice period

"So by next Thursday if the current strike is not resolved, the entire economy of South Africa will be shut down."

Vavi also noted the government's comments on the 8,5% wage offer.

Until Monday, the government said it was offering a 7% increase, but government spokesperson Themba Maseko told reporters this was in "real terms" actually 8,5% -- a mere tenth of a percent short of what unions wanted. This was because the increase offer was bolstered by a 1,5% pay progression.

Vavi said the government knew the arithmetic was misleading and an attempt to confuse the public.

"No 8,5% wage offer was tabled. The government has been negotiating with the media rather than unions," he said.

"This is pure misinformation aimed at confusing the public."

The federation urged employers to refrain from confusing the public and stressed that workers were not deterred from their 8,6%.

Babies left unattended
Meanwhile, at least 53 premature babies were left unattended in some Gauteng hospitals during the public-sector strike on Monday, Premier Nomvula Mokonyane told the provincial legislature on Tuesday.

"Yesterday[Monday] when I visited some of the hospitals that were severely affected by the strike I was told shocking stories of 53 premature babies who were left unattended when striking workers forced nursing staff to leave their posts," she said.

"Some of the babies were literally locked in the wards with no one bothering to make alternative arrangements for their care."

Mokonyane said while she understood that workers had a right to strike, it was wrong of them to disrespect the rights of babies.

"We all respect the right for workers to strike but they must also respect the Constitutional right for these babies to live."

She said government was extremely grateful and thankful for the support it received.

"The government is very heartened by the volunteers, including professionals who selflessly offered their services to care for those in need when the striking government workers abandoned their posts.

"From the bottom of our hearts we say thank you for what you are doing to help us through this difficult period. We also wish to thank the workers who risked their lives to report for duty and care for the public."

She also thanked private hospitals for accommodating babies.

Mokonyane said it was "unfortunate" that some protesters resorted to intimidation and put the lives of others in "serious danger". -- Sapa
www.mg.co.za


GOVERNMENT IS PEDDLING LIES WHILE THE NATION IS BURNING
Nehawu 24 August 2010

NEHAWU is deeply disturbed by the outright lies that government has told the people of South Africa that there is an 8.5% wage increase offer that has been presented to the unions. There is no offer that was tabled at the PSCBC, a democratic institution set up for negotiations. Government has now decided to negotiate with the media instead of trade unions admitted to the council. As Nehawu we want to make it clear that there is no offer that was tabled at the PSCBC.

Government calculates pay progression as a wage increase knowing fully well that not everyone qualifies and benefits from it and it is a flawed system that is open to abuse by the supervisors.

This system is a performance based system which was first unilaterally implemented during the 2001/2002 financial year by the government as employer. This performance based system is part of the existing conditions of service, which was not part of the 2010 negotiations and had never been part of any negotiation recently.

The system gives rise to extreme unhappiness amongst public service workers and annually when evaluations are completed government is flooded with grievances by disgruntled public service workers. This unilateral system is not an objective tool and bonuses are allocated on favouritism, nepotism and blatant unfairness. Further, it is not possible for everyone to qualify as a limited budget is made available and the DPSA policy also limits the different categories of bonus allocations.

Government’s unashamed lies show the contempt which this government has for the citizens of this country and the crisis of leadership we have as a country if our own government lies to the public without a sense of shame. We have noticed that despite government pleading poverty it has enough money to buy full page adverts to peddle its lies and also has money to transfer patience to the private hospitals. With the private health receiving 2/3 of all money spent on health to provide services to 15% of the population, private hospitals are helping government to derive big profits. Special courts were set up for the World Cup but now they are being used to punish striking workers when they should be established permanently to fight crime that is affecting everyone.

There are workers who are employed to serve the public and they are ready and willing to perform their duties as long as government gives them what they deserve which is 8.6% wage increase and R1000 monthly housing allowance. A government with serious socio-economic challenges will think twice before spending millions of rands buying tickets on a month long soccer tournament and buy acres of space in the media to peddle lies and mislead the public.

The government ministers who deny workers their meager wage increase have spent millions of rands on luxury vehicles and are living caviar lifestyles at the expense of the poor majority that is dependent of government services. This is a case of the shepherd feeding himself forgetting about the lambs.

Nehawu pickets have been peaceful, but striking workers exercising their legal rights have come under attack from the police with intimidation, rubber bullets and arrests. We submitted a letter to the Minister of the DPSA on 12 August in line with the LRA authorising legal pickets by members and supporters. We are entitled to establish the legal pickets in public places outside workplaces. The police have no right to disperse pickets outside workplaces.

We call on government to respect the democratic institutions and present a new offer if there is one at the PSCBC not tell lies in the media. The ministers are wasting time playing games because they are not suffering and their children are not forced to use public hospitals and schools. The entire government continues to fail the poor South Africans by failing to provide the necessary leadership to resolve the impasse.

Issued by NEHAWU Communications Department

For further information, please contact: Sizwe Pamla (NEHAWU Media Liaison Officer) at 011 833 2902 -082 558 5962 or email: sizwep@nehawu.org.za


SADTU SLAMS THE INTIMIDATION OF STRIKING MEMBERS
SADTU MEDIA STATEMENT 23 AUGUST 2010

As the strike by public service workers enters its second week, the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) has noted the increased use of violence by the state machinery against our members.

We are also concerned about the intimidating war talk being used by the employer. We believe this may be due to the misinterpretation of the court interdict issued over the weekend regarding essential services. Instead of concentrating on peripheral issues and playing to the gallery by misinforming the public, we urge the Government to focus on the key issues and respond to the demands of the workers in order to bring the strike to an end.

Our lawyers are in the process of drafting papers to contest some aspects of the interdict including the costs and the essential services issue on its broadness and will be awaiting the transcripts made by the DPSA so that other areas can be considered.

Demonstrations and pickets taking place in strategic places across this country have been met by arrests and shooting of our members by the police.

Our Northern Cape Provincial Secretary, his deputy and fifty members were arrested in Kimberly this morning while leading a peaceful picket.

On Friday, three SADTU members were shot with rubber bullets while picketing in Potchefstroom in the North West Province.

As SADTU, we want to reiterate that we are not going to be intimidated by threats from the State. We have resolved that we are not going to retreat from continuing with our demonstrations until our demands are met. No level of intimidation and threats will steer us away from our just course. Our strike is legal and we will continue to intensify our actions.

We call upon the police to exercise their crowd management skills effectively, instead of resorting to pulling the trigger at a drop of a hat.

We are encouraged by the unity shown by all public service unions during this trying time.
Our struggle continues!

ISSUED BY: SADTU Secretariat
Contact:
General Secretary, Mugwena Maluleke 082 783 2968
Deputy General Secretary, Nkosana Dolopi 082 709 5651
Media Officer, Nomusa Cembi 082 719 5157


SAMWU in Gauteng will embark on solidarity action!
SAMWU Press Statement 23 August 2010

SAMWU in Gauteng has indicated that if the ongoing Public Sector dispute is not resolved by this Thursday 26th August, then SAMWU members in Gauteng will embark on solidarity protest action, in support of the Public Sector workers and their legitimate demands.

We call upon the Public Sector leadership to speed up the process of resolving this matter. We also call upon Government to be rational and meet the reasonable demands of the workers without delay.

SAMWU condemns the court interdict against the workers as a mere instrument to protect incompetent and useless Government negotiators, this court interdict is meant to protect the dubious and incompetent managers who failed to negotiate in good faith.

We are calling upon President Zuma to not be selective in addressing the dispute; by attacking workers only and not calling upon his Ministers to resolve the impasse. The Presidents labelling and finger pointing at workers will not diminish the legitimate demands of the workers.

If the Public Sector dispute is not resolved by Thursday, then the Largest Local Government Union SAMWU will call upon all of its 52 000 workers in the Gauteng Province to embark on solidarity action on Friday.

For further comment, contact SAMWU’s Gauteng Provincial Secretary Vincent Vena on 072 196 5956.

Issued by:
Tahir Sema
South African Municipal Workers' Union of COSATU
National Media and Publicity Officer
tahir.sema@samwu.org.za
Office: 011 331 0333
Cell: 082 940 3403


Rio Tinto on the verge of a strike action
NUM 23 August 2010

Over 1 700 workers at Rio Tinto ‘s Richards Bay Minerals may go on strike later this week. The workers were awarded a certificate of non-resolution to the dispute by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) after the company failed to accede to their demands. The NUM demands that the company should offer a 10% increment on a one year deal whilst the company insists on 8% and a three year deal. The company argues that it will give workers 8% in the first year and then CPI plus 1,5% in the second and third years with a guaranteed 6%. The NUM further demands that the company should increase its housing allowance from R3200 for Grade 6-10 to R4000 a month. The housing allowance for grade 11-13 should be increased to R6000 a month from R5500.

The union will serve a 48 hour notice to strike tomorrow if the company fails to accede to the demands by close of business today. The company is based at Kwa-Mbonambi in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal.

Lesiba Seshoka

National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)

7 Rissik Street ,JOHANNESBURG
Tel: (011) 377 2047
Mobile: 082 803 6719


Strike hits Exarro Sands
NUM 23 August 2010

Over 600 workers downed tools at Exarro Sands in Kwazulu-Natal this morning. The workers at Exarro ‘s two operations demand that the employer should increase their wages by 14% whilst the employer offers 8% inclusive for all the demands. Workers further demand the phasing out of Grade 8 in order to address the problem of lowest paid workers and that the company should correct all wage discrepancies. “We further demand that the company should ban the usage of labour brokers and offer a housing allowance of R2000 a month” says Bhekani Ngcobo, the NUM ‘s Regional Coordinator in Kwazulu-Natal. “Our strike is indefinite. With us you either deliver on our demands or you go fry eggs” says Ngcobo.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) calls on Exarro to think properly and offer workers what is due to them. “If they do not deliver on our demands, it is going to be forever and ever amen “says Ngcobo.

Bhekani Ngcobo- 071 670 6349

Lesiba Seshoka
National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)
7 Rissik Street ,JOHANNESBURG
Tel: (011) 377


WORKERS REMAIN RESOLUTE AND WILL NOT SUCCUMB TO INTIMIDATION
Issued by NEHAWU Communications Department 23 August 2010

NEHAWU condemns the public antics of the Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi to generate public sympathy by rolling up his sleeves for a weekend during the strike and practice without a licence knowing that such is illegal in South Africa. We call on the Health Professional Council to act against Dr Aaron Motsoaledi for having illegally attended to patients despite his failure to pay his licensing fees.

The Minister uses private hospitals and his presence at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital for one day is a slap in the face to the members of the public who rely on these public institutions every day. The Minister needs to realise that the citizens expect him to ensure that the workers in the health sector are back to work and motivated enough to implement the programmes of the department. The self promotion that they have seen is actually exposing the fact that the Minister does not understand the mandate and the expectations of the public. What this country needs is leadership not some cheap point scoring exercises by the leaders because the Ministers are not suffering and their children are not forced to use public hospitals and schools.

NEHAWU has noted the Labour Court interdicts granted to the state, which prohibits workers in essential services from participating in the public servants strike, from intimidating or assaulting non-striking employees and members of the public, and preventing damage of any property belonging to the state or the erection of obstructions to any state property. The union wants to point out that these interdicts are not necessarily assisting in resolving the protracted strike in the public service and the media propaganda is not going to provide a reasonable and just solution to the legitimate demands of public service workers.

We strongly condemn the uncalled for incidences of brutality and provocation by the police who attacked and shot public servants on a legal and protected strike. These provocations have fuelled confrontations by making workers angry and frustrated. This is a legal strike and there is no need for the police to break the picket lines and assault striking workers without provocation and we will not be intimidated into submission by these apartheid style tactics. We find it regrettable that our leaders in government have been silent and have failed to condemn the apartheid style tactics by the police officers.

The Ministers and the entire government leadership’s public statements do not provide the necessary leadership to resolve the impasse. Public exchanges in the media should seek positive solutions for striking underpaid and demoralised public service workers and not seek to demonise workers struggling for their legitimate demands. We would like to reiterate the fact that this is an unnecessary strike and the workers are reluctant participants in this whole mess but we remain resolute in demanding what we believe are legitimate demands.

This government spent R32 billion to host a month long soccer tournament and we expect them to raise enough funds to pay the workers who are at the forefront of service delivery. The wasteful expenditure that we see on a daily basis including the advertorials from Richard Baloyi is proof that the money is there but government’s priorities are misplaced and skewed. Government seem prepared to pay private sector to do public service work instead of using the same money to settle the dispute. We hope our government shall soon come to its rational senses and intervene by putting a revised offer on the table.

Issued by NEHAWU Communications Department

For further information, please contact: Sizwe Pamla (NEHAWU Media Liaison Officer) at 011 833 2902 -082 558 5962 or email: sizwep@nehawu.org.za

Visit NEHAWU website: www.nehawu.org.za


NEHAWU WORKERS GET READY: FORWARD TOWARDS STRIKE ACTION!

We have been told to tighten belts & exercise care to utilise available
resources for delivery.

We appreciate the economic challenges & have shown a lot of patience
during this year’s wage negotiations. But we read on a daily basis
government’s wasteful expenditure on World Cup tickets, cars, hotels,
parties & advertising. This is sending the wrong message.

After several rounds of negotiations the employer has showed no
willingness to move towards a settlement. It is not too late & we hope
that government will come to their senses & move towards meeting our
demands.

To end poverty wages and to improve public service delivery we demand
the following:

  • 11% wage increase


  • Single term agreement


  • Implemented date 1^st April


  • Housing allowance of R1 650


  • Equal medical aid subsidy to all employees


  • Finalise a minimum service level agreement


  • A public service strike is unlike any other strike as it affects
    everyone especially the poor & vulnerable of society who are sorely
    dependent on government services for their daily survival.

    Members have spoken through their regions and provinces & mandated the
    union to open the door for a legal strike. We have now served the
    government with a notice to strike.

    Nehawu members are now being mobilised to come out on mass to support
    the marches leading to full blown strike action. This mass mobilisation
    will take the form of the following:

  • Lunch Time Demonstrations leading up to the mass national marches


  • Mass National Marches on 10^th August (Tshwane & Cape Town)


  • Mass Provincial Marches before the protracted strike


  • We say no to 6.5% wage increase, R120 housing allowance increase,
    unequal medical aid subsidies, no minimum service level agreement &
    implementation date of the 1st of July.

    It is now up to the government to present an improved revised offer if
    they want to avert full blown strike action. All workers to the front
    line the battle is on.

    FORWARD TO A BETTER LIFE FOR ALL THROUGH BETTER WAGES FOR ALL!

    FORWARD WITH STRIKE ACTION UNTIL DEMANDS ARE MET!

    Issued by the Nehawu Communications Department (011 8332902)


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