||South African Protest News 1 -13 November 2010 (2010) South African Protest News 1 -13 November 2010 . : -.
||Rioters stone children’s bus
Leila Samodien (Weekend Argus) 13 November 2010
Residents of TR Section in Khayelitsha set this truck on fire and stoned other vehicles in Mew Way, including a bus full of children on their way to a year-end camp in Villiersdorp. Photo: Ayanda Ndamane
A bus carrying about 30 children and NGO workers was stoned in Khayelitsha’s TR Section as residents protesting against poor service delivery ran amok for the second day running.
Trucks were set alight, cars stoned, and police said people also tried to set a crèche alight.
The ANC’s Youth League has warned of more of the same today. The league says it has organised a service delivery march, with the region’s treasurer, Andile Lile, saying he could not be certain that the protest would not turn aggressive.
“The thing that happened in Khayelitsha, it might happen again,” he said.
“We won’t be able to control people’s emotions. We can’t say nothing will happen. But the most important thing is that we will continue with our protest and programme.”
Yesterday several children were hurt when a crowd attacked a bus carrying them to a year-end camp. Natalie Mason, a British musician from Birmingham and a facilitator at the Music Therapy Community Clinic, said they were “shocked” by what had happened.
Mason, four colleagues and children aged between 10 and 16 were travelling along Mew Way, one of Khayelitsha’s main roads, about 2.30pm when they reached a roadblock barring access to TR Section.
But when the bus turned around, a group of people began pelting it with rocks.
Windows were smashed and several children were hit. One child’s lip was cut and another was struck in the back by a rock.
“It was all so sudden; we were very shocked,” said Mason. “Luckily no one was injured too badly, and the children are doing well.”
The group, on its way to a camp in Villiersdorp, had already picked up children from Heideveld, and were collecting the last of the children in Khayelitsha.
Music Therapy Community Clinic director Sunelle Fouché said that while everyone had a “big fright”, they had gone ahead with the camp. “We got a new bus and informed all the parents, who are still happy for their kids to go on the camp.”
This stoning was one of many in Mew Way yesterday. Hostile residents randomly stoned cars and trucks, making it difficult for even the police to reach the area.
Authorities hung back, closing the road off at the Lansdowne Road intersection.
At the next traffic lights just a couple of hundred metres beyond the intersection, residents pelted selected vehicles with stones.
Later, however, they turned on any vehicle which drove past, including a big furniture removal truck and vehicles driven by other Khayelitsha residents.
Khayelitsha police spokeswoman Captain Anneke van der Vyver said that after violence on Thursday, things had quietened down, only to flare up again.
“This morning they tried to burn down a crèche but they failed, and the owner laid a charge,” she said.
“One man even came into the police station threatening to burn down a crèche in TR Section.”
On Friday’s incidents came just hours after the ANC Youth League called a press conference to distance itself from Thursday’s trouble, during which protesters set alight several vehicles including a government car carrying matric exam scripts.
Allegations were rife yesterday that the youth league was behind the violence, with organisation Abahlali baseMjondolo, which itself faced blame for the incident, pinning it on the league.
At Friday’s press conference, called by the league’s Dullah Omar region, it denied any involvement in the TR Section violence, and announced it would hold a 14-day protest against poor service delivery, which would begin when they secured a protest permit from the City of Cape Town.
Lile said a separate league march would be held today to protest against poor service delivery and against banks which did not assist poor clients.
But the City of Cape Town said if today’s march went ahead it would be illegal.
Spokesman Charles Cooper said the league’s application for a permit had not been granted for today.
“We informed them that the police could not attend to them because of another commitment and they agreed to protest on November 19.”
He said the city had also not received an application for a 14-day protest, which Lile said they had submitted last Monday.
firstname.lastname@example.org - Weekend Argus
Gold Fields workers to strike
Independent Newspapers 13 November 2010
Workers belonging to the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) would down tools at Gold Fields' South Deep mine on Friday night to highlight their concerns over transformation of mine's management.
“The company's executive management is lily white, ... you only find black people underground,” NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said.
He said the union's 6000 workers would down tools from the night shift on Friday.
The union was demanding that it sits in during the appointment of senior managers and that it takes part in the company's skills development processes.
The union was ready to go on strike two weeks ago when the mine obtained a court interdict preventing the workers from embarking on the strike.
“The Labour court set aside the company 's interdict this morning.”
Gold Fields spokesman Sven Lunsche said the company withdrew its application as it “is not in our interest” to have a drawn out court case.
“We are still open to discussion with the union.”
He said the company did not accede to the union's demand to be involved in procurement and the appointment of senior managers, as this was the function of management.
The mine was well on its way to meeting requirements of the mining charter which requires that black people fill 40 percent of top and middle management by 2014.
“At the moment we are just off 30 percent.”
“The strike will affect production. But we don't know how long the strike will last,” said Lunsche.
Only 2000 permanent workers at the mine were under the union, he said disputing the numbers cited earlier.
“It's in our interest to resolve this as soon as possible.”
He said that the mine had held a meeting with the union and that other meetings would be held during the weekend. - Sapa
Strike begins at Goldfields
NUM 12 November 2010
A hardhitting strike action would begin tonight at Goldfields s South Deep mine after the Labour court set aside the company 's interdict this morning. 6000 miners will down tools to demand transformation.
Lesiba Seshoka‑ 0828036719
CPT protesters torch exam scripts
Malungelo Booi 12 November 2010
Western Cape Education Department officials on Friday reported that several matric answer scripts have been destroyed during a service delivery protest in Khayelitsha.
Three vehicles, including one transporting the scripts from local schools, were set alight by angry protestors in Mew Way on Thursday.
The department’s Brian Schreuder said the papers were going for marking.
“A vehicle from the Western Cape Education Department was torched in Khayelitsha and in the vehicle was a small sample of scripts from a few schools that were collected for pre-marking; this is done so that feed in to the memo discussion,” he said.
(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)
Tyres burnt, roads blocked during protest
Gareth Wilson 12 november 2010
FOUR hundred residents from Port Elizabeth’s northern areas blocked roads and burnt tyres yesterday in the ongoing service delivery protest.
Despite police maintaining the protest was peaceful, residents barricaded Stanford Road, Booysen Park Drive and Nooitgedacht Road in protest against the municipality, which they claim has failed to honour promises of supplying electricity and low-cost housing.
Those participating were from the Jacksonville and Booysen Park areas.
Ward councillor Trevor Louw promised the angry crowd a meeting would be arranged next week for the issues to be addressed with municipal officials.
Community leader David Pieters said the municipality had promised them years ago it would relocate residents to Chatty and supply them with low-cost houses.
“They now tell us they are not going to move us and that the project has been put on hold,” he said. “We are worried that they tell us this but then move other people from different areas into the same houses that were promised to us.”
Jacksonville resident Ann Plaatjies said she had been waiting for the municipality to supply her with a home for more than 12 years. “
Police spokesman Warrant Officer Alwin Labans said no one had been arrested during the protest and the roads had been opened at about 11am.
Municipal spokesman Ongama Mtimka failed to respond to a request for comment.
Service Delivery Protest In Kya Sands
News Time 12 November 2010
Thousands have taken part in a march to protest against slow service delivery in Kya Sands, reports SAPA.
The march took place on Malibongwe Drive and was headed towards the Kya Sands area. Police spokesperson Warrant officer Balan Muthan said :” It's a peaceful protest... about issues surrounding housing in the area... lack of housing and bad sanitation”. Muthan added that :” They're carrying banners, singing, dancing, chanting... but it's non-violent”.
The march started at around 09h00 this morning and caused some traffic disruptions. Residents are expected to hand over a memorandum of requests to their councillors. Police are monitoring the march still.
Azapo demands action from Mokonyane
IOL News4 November 2010
A memorandum demanding better service delivery was handed over to Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo on Wednesday, the Azanian People's Organisation (Azapo) said.
A group of Azapo supporters marched to the mayor's office and the premier's office to hand over the memorandum.
“The march was a success and the memorandum was given to both the premier and the mayor's office,” Azapo Gauteng chairperson Samore Herbstein said.
He said the premier and the mayor were not present but representatives received the document on their behalf.
“We are giving them 14 days to respond to our demands before we take further action,” he said.
Azapo said it was demanding an end to corruption on the housing list.
“We have records of several cases where an applicant is told that he has been given RDP houses, only to find that the RDP house is occupied by someone else,” Herbstein said.
“RDP” houses are named after the Reconstruction and Development Programme.
“We demand that all private land where there are informal settlements, be expropriated by the government and developed for the benefit of the residents. We demand that all residential evictions be halted.”
The march started at Beyers Naude Square in the city centre just after 12pm on Wednesday afternoon.
Herbstein said about 1 500 people attended the march. - Sapa
Grade ones among stone-throwing pupils
Independent Newspapers 11 November 2010
Angry pupils at Mthambalale Primary School in Lusikisiki threw stones in the direction of teachers after sport events and a party they were promised did not happen. Photo: Independent Newspapers
Angry pupils at Mthambalale Primary School in Lusikisiki threw stones in the direction of teachers on Thursday after sport events and a party they were promised did not happen, Eastern Cape police said.
“About 600 pupils, from class 1 to grade 7, toyi-toyied and threw stones at teachers who ran for their lives,” said Captain Mduduzi Godlwana.
Police were called in.
“Pupils were forced out of the school because they were damaging property,” he said.
No serious injuries were reported or arrests made. Police would monitor the premises on Friday, he said.
A case of malicious damage to property was opened.
Service delivery protest hits East London
Sapa 11 November 2010
About 80 angry residents blocked a road and attacked policemen in East London in a protest over poor service delivery, say Eastern Cape police.
"They blocked the Ziphunzane bypass with branches, trees, burning tyres, cement blocks... and then they started throwing stones and things at us (the police)," said Captain Stephen Marais.
"We responded by firing rubber bullets... no arrests have been made and as far as we know no one was hurt."
The protest by Duncan Village residents began at about 4am on Thursday morning and by 9am the police confirmed that the road had been re-opened and the protest had been stopped.
The residents were angry about a housing crisis, Marais said.
"It's quiet there now but police are still on the scene monitoring the situation.
"We have opened a case of public violence against the residents for attacking the police and we want the public to know that we will not hesitate to use minimum force when we are attacked", Marais said.
PLEASE JOIN THE PICKET AGAINST THE FAILURE OF THE HEALTH REGULATORS
SDCEA 11 November 2010
A picket will be held outside the eThekwini Municipality Health Offices Archie Gumede place starting at 8:00am 12 November 2010.
The picket is been held because of the failure of the health regulators to hold the polluting industries accountable for the toxic chemical emissions that has been plaguing the residents of South Durban for the past few months .
Residents will descent on the health offices from areas of Bluff , Clairwood , Wentworth, Montclair and Umbilo .
The South Durban Community Environmental Alliance will hand over a diary of complaints from affected residents , including a memorandum of our request to bring the company responsible to book ..
Tel: 031 461 1991
Cell: 083 982 6939
MARCH To ban labour brokers & for the reinstatement of workers in the GSSC
CWU 12 November 2010
The march starts: Livingstone Street & Voortrekkers Rd (next to the Park) opposite Fouche Motors building, Vereeniging.
Gathering Time: 09h00 for 10h00
To: Sedibeng Meyers office (Vereeniging) and Department of Labour
I want to cut off his genitals
Luvuyo Mjekula 8 November 2010
In one hand she clutched a plank. With the other, she hung on to the mother of the man suspected of raping her four-year-old daughter.
“He raped my child and now I want to cut off his genitals,” she shouted. “My child was raped and picked up in the bushes. I want to kill this (suspected rapist),” she said, wielding the plank.
Accompanied by about five policemen, she and a group of Khayelitsha residents went with the suspected rapist’s mother to her shack to find a photograph or ID of the suspect to give to other residents who did not know his identity.
Enraged by the rape, Kuyasa residents had met early last week and decided to burn down the house of the suspected rapist. They said they knew it was him because he had been forced out of neighbouring Endlovini after similar allegations earlier this year. His house there was set alight and his mother was told to leave the area. But an Enkanini resident had welcomed them.
Yesterday, Kuyasa and Endlovini residents marched to Enkanini to express their wrath. A crowd of about 300 stood outside the suspect’s mother’s shack, threatening to kill her son.
Among them was the distraught mother of the girl raped in neighbouring Kuyasa last Tuesday. They wanted the suspect’s mother to direct them to her son whom they accused of the rape. The girl, who was found in bushes raped and with her genitals slit, is in a coma at Red Cross Hospital.
She was apparently lured away from a house she was kept in after returning from a crèche and later found in nearby bushes.
Police confirmed yesterday a case of rape had been opened.
When the enraged residents got to the suspect’s mother’s shack they knocked down the door. But she told them she had no photographs of her son and he was at work in Mandalay.
Police had to keep constant guard of the suspect’s mother as residents’ anger intensified.
“His mother does not want to tell us where her son is. She is protecting him,” yelled a young woman.
Then, the residents tried to attack the suspect’s mother, but police intervened. The enraged residents then tore down the shack before setting it alight.
While the flames ruptured the corrugated iron shack, the residents chanted Silwela Amalungelo Ethu (We are fighting for our human rights).
Police fired stun grenadesinto the crowd to rescue the mother. As police tried to let the mother into their car in Enkanini informal settlement, a group of residents grabbed her and would not let go.
A struggle ensued as police tried to pull her into the car. The woman screamed while being dragged from side to side. Two loud bangs followed as police fired stun grenades, sending the crowd stampeding.
As the police car sped off, residents pelted it with stones and broke the rear windscreen.
Police spokeswoman Nosiphiwo Mtengwana said the suspect was taken into police custody. The mother was taken to a place of safety.
An Enkanini street committee chairman earlier calmed residents who tried to torch the house of a neighbour they claimed accommodated the suspect and his mother.
The neighbour’s sister stood terrified, crying in the yard as the residents threatened to demolish the house.
The leader, who refused to be named, but confirmed he was chairman, said they did not condone violence and said Enkanini residents did not take part in the mob justice.
He said child rape was rife in Enkanini, but they worked with police and the community policing forum to fight it. Residents from Endlovini and Kuyasa confirmed they were behind the mob justice.
They said the suspect was a serial child rapist and had been arrested a few times, but released for lack of evidence. This was because he wore gloves and a condom when he raped children, they said.
Yesterday they told the Cape Times they wanted to kill him.
email@example.com - Cape Times
"Workers won't be thrown like used condoms" says NUM
NUM 8 November 2010
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has noted with utter disgust the intention of mining houses Gold Fields and Exarro Resources to retrench workers. Goldfields announced later in the week that it intends to retrench 6000 workers whilst Exarro has threatened 300 jobs. The National Union of Mineworkers will oppose all these intended retrenchments and would declare war with any employer who has such malacious intentions.
"We would not allow it to happen. We cannot allow employers to make huge profit and then shed workers like used condoms" says the NUM General Secretary Frans Baleni.
The NUM will as from tomorrow begin a mobilisation phase amongst its members at Gold Fields and Exxarro to oppose these retrenchments. The NUM is dissappointed that all these retrenchments come at a time when every sector is supposed to contribute to job creation, at a time when the state, labour and business has come up with job creation strategies. "It is shameful that these unkind employers choose to donate additional figures in unemployment circles when we already have armies of the unemployed numbering millions" says Baleni
Frans Baleni‑ 082 375 6443
NUMSA PRESIDENT TO LEAD A MARCH IN RICHARDS BAY!
Numsa 4 November 2010
The President of the NATIONAL UNION OF METALWORKERS OF SOUTH AFRICA (Numsa) Cde CEDRIC GINA will be leading a march of 5000 BHP Billiton Aluminium workers, in protest against the BHP Billiton Aluminium management decision to impose the 2010/2011 wage increases to workers.
The workers will converge at ZCBF and march militantly to the imperialist and foreign-owned BHP Billiton Aluminium South Africa, Hillside Aluminium plant, to hand-over a Memorandum of Demands to the golden boys and girls of class exploitation and greedy accumulators of South Africa’s mineral wealth.
The details of the march as follows:
DATE: Friday 05 November 2010
VENUE: ZCBF (Next to the robots), Richards Bay, City of uMhlathuze, KwaZulu-Natal
Members of the media are hereby invited to attend and report.
Members of the media are hereby invited to attend and report.
National Spokesperson – 073 299 1595
Or Mbuso Ngubane
Regional Secretary – 082 453 2858
MARCH AGAINST LABOUR BROKERS (CWU AND YCL GAUTENG)
CWU & YCL 4 November 2010
The Young Communist League (YCL) in Gauteng and the Communications workers Union (CWU) in Gauteng will be marching to the Premier of Gauteng’s office, Nomvula Mkonyane. This is in line with the dismissed workers from the licensing department and the continued use of labour brokers in government.
Details of march are as follows:
DATE: 5 November 2010
TIME: 9H00 (Memorandum to be delivered to premier at 11H00)
VENUE: March is set to start at the Mari Fritz Gerald Square at 9H00 and the masses will proceed from there to the Premiers office and deliver memorandum at 11H00
The March will be addressed by Both YCL (Cde. Alex Mashilo) and CWU (Cde. Aubrey Tshabalala) leaders
Media is hereby invited
Alex Mashilo (YCL Provincial Secretary GP) @0829200308
Aubrey Tshabalala (CWU Deputy provincial chairperson GP)@ 0829948196
+27 76 783 1516
Pick 'n Pay striking workers intensify strike action
SACCAWU 4 November 2010
The Strike by SACCAWU members employed at Pick ‘n P ay is entering its seventh day today, with still no movement from the side of management ,except what seems to be a joint orchestrated onslaught onslaught by owners on shopping centres/malls, management and SAPS/police. Workers started their strike on 29th October 2010 and despite the very successful ten marches in various parts of the country and the thousands of striking workers and supporters joining the protest marches to hand over a memorandum to management at different stores, the company continues to display extreme hostility and in response to our memorandum the company simply reiterated the position they held at the time of the collapse of conciliation.
This attitude of management has simply intensified the determination of striking workers coupled with emergence of unwavering support and solidarity messages from labour organisations,other members of SACCAWU employed by other companies as well civil society. Further more, this is translated in the hundreds of workers on the picket-lines in front of Pick 'n Pay stores throughout the country. In response to this store managers, mall managers, mall security and members of SAPS have embarked on a systematic process of provocation, intimidation, attacks and attempts to frustrate striking workers, including the arrests of whole picket-lines on more than one occasion on alleged trespassing amongst other fermented reasons to justify such coerced arrests..
Whilst the Company constantly turns to the media to claim their willingness to meet with SACCAWU to resolve the dispute, this claim has not been translated into any meaningful action or meeting. When a party claims willingness to negotiate in good faith, it should be demonstrated by an indication to review its position, however the Pick 'n Pay management are yet to indicate/actualise such willingness.
In the light of this and the fact that workers have been waiting since the beginning of March for their increases striking workers decided,their union and a coalition of civil society organisation that met on the 3rd of November 2010,in Johannesburg to intensify the strike and exert more pressure on the Company, through the active mobilisation of the community to Boycott Pick 'n Pay. This will involve active canvassing within communities and through community structures, from civic, faith-based, sports and cultural organisations as well as the social movements to support the Boycott of Pick 'n Pay.
The decision was discussed at length in the national Strike Committee and at the first meeting of the anti-Walmart Coalition. The details of the Consumer Boycott Campaign will be further developed at regional and local strike committees over the coming days.
• R550 per month increase or 12% whichever is greater
• A 10% Staff discount on basic food stuff.
• 120 hours per month guaranteed for Variable Time Employees
• A one year agreement wage agreement
SACCAWU further demand:
• End the use of labour brokers
• The establishment of a Centralised Bargaining Forum for the retail sector
WORKERS UNITED WILLNEVER BE DEFEATED!
mike abrahams 0823365363
Mduduzi Mbongwe 0823365146
Lucas Ramathlodi 0823365325
More workers join Syntell strike at huge cost to municipalities
SAMWU PRESS STATEMENT 4 November 2010
Since Monday Samwu members at Syntell have been on strike over wages. Now more workers joined the strike bringing production to a virtual stand still. A worker who joined the strike today said, “I could not continue working inside. It is crazy. On Tuesday alone we had to squash 33 000 fines which could not be processed. Initially it was nice when they gave us food and extra overtime pay but the situation became unbearable to work under”
Samwu Cape Metro Branch Secretary, Mikel Khumalo who attended to the protest this morning said, “The mood of workers is strong. They are gaining more support daily which cannot be good for production. We have made application to march to the Cape Town civic centre tomorrow to hand over a memorandum to the acting City Manager, Mr. Dave Beretti. The memorandum will call on the City to intervene as they are suffering huge losses due to the protracted strike action. We are also considering demanding that the city terminate the Syntell contract given its union bashing tactics”
To make matters worse, Syntell employees in Free State indicated their intention to join the strike over the next few days. This could have further financial implications for Syntell and municipalities. As Mario Jacobs, Samwu provincial organiser puts it, “the average traffic fine is R300. That multiplied by the 33 000 fines destroyed on Tuesday alone amounts to just under 10 million rands in lost revenue to municipalities. The longer the strike the greater the losses to municipalities. That cannot be good for cash strapped municipalities needing to deliver much needed services.”
For further comment contact Samwu Cape Metro branch secretary, Mikel Khumalo (083 265 1519) or Andre Adams, Provincial Secretary (082 565 1207)
South African Municipal Workers' Union of COSATU.
National Media and Publicity Officer.
Office: 011-331 0333.
Worldwide Anti-Whaling Day Protest
Our whales are dying... the oceans are dying!
Worldwide Anti-Whaling Day 5 November 2010
The main objective of this protest is to raise awareness about Japanese Whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary, and we are calling all Capetonians to add their voices by capitalizing on exposure in our local media.
The objective is to generate maximum exposure of the message and awareness of what is happening with regards to whaling.
Please join Sea Shepherd outside the embassy with banners wearing black and get your creative juices flowing to signify Death of the whales... and death of the oceans.
Members of Rhythm Records bands Fokofpolisiekar, Van Coke Kartel and New Holland will be joining protesters at the Japanese Embassy in Cape Town at 14:30 in support of marine activist organization Sea Shepherd and Worldwide Anti-Whaling Day.
Rhythm Records herewith pledges its official support to ending the cruel practice of whaling, and adds its voice to those fighting for the preservation of our planet’s oceans and its marine life.
This year Japan will once again illegally and inhumanely use grenade tipped harpoons to brutally kill more than 1,000 whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary near Antarctica, using a loophole in the international moratorium on whaling that allows catching whales for so called "research" purposes.
The oceans have been so severely diminished that there's a good chance we could kill them. If the oceans die, we die. In light of this prospect we may no longer be sympathetic to any cultural needs in order to destroy endangered species.
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Date: 05 Nov 2010
Time: 14:30 - 17:00
Venue: Japanese Embassy
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CWU UP-IN-ARMS AGAINST SOUTH AFRICAN POST OFFICE (SAPO)’s UNION BASHING TRICKS
CWU 3 November 2010
The Communication Workers Union (CWU) is astounded by South African Post Office (SAPO) management’s trade union bashing tactics attitude that is aimed realising their ill-gotten intention to multiply the number of Trade Unions in the workplace to the detriment of workers interests.
To this end the CWU National Office Bearers (NOB’s) are staging a sit-in at the head office of SAPO in Pretoria since 02 November 2010 and is currently still continuing.
At the centre of this furore is SAPO’s deliberate cancellation of CWU membership of some of its employees and donate them to the new Mickey Mouse union called South African Postal Workers Union – SAPWU which has been engineered by SAPO reactionary management. In addition to this, the reactionary management has decided to undermine Agency Fee Agreement which has been signed by both SAPO and CWU. This agreement necessitates that non-CWU members should pay an amount equivalent to CWU subscription into a separate account as they benefit from CWU Collective Bargaining efforts to better the lives of workers.
We are calling on SAPO reactionary management to respond positively to CWU demand to desist from their ‘monkey tricks and snake techniques’ by ensuring that they stop their barbaric actions of union bashing; otherwise our rights in law are reserved.
Issued by CWU National Office Bearers
Gallant Roberts – 0826929777
CWU – General Secretary
Matankana Mothapo – 0827590900
CWU – National Spokesperson
SACCAWU's their current industrial action
Cosatu 2 November 2010
The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the Northern Cape calls on all workers and all those who respect and honour sound labour relations to join SACCAWU in their current industrial action.
We call on all our affiliates to join those workers in their fight against the brutality of the capitalist system. Those workers have been patient with the executives who give themselves huge salary packages while forgetting about the hard toiling workers who generate profits.
It is heart breaking to learn that the negotiations started in December 2009 and the employer did not respond to the workers’ demands until the Union declared a dispute in May 2010. Even during conciliation the management of Pick ‘n pay remained arrogant and intransigent.
We are making a call to the management of Pick ’n Pay to put their arrogance aside and take the genuine and legitimate demands of the workers into consideration. It is our firm belief that what those workers are demanding is nowhere close to the fraction of what those executives are going to give themselves.
Members of SACCAWU are called upon to remain vigilant and united at all times.
For more information call Anele Gxoyiya, the Provincial Secretary at 082 829 1961
SAMWU STRIKE AT SYNTELL ENTERS ITS 3RD DAY
SAMWU PRESS STATEMENT 2 November 2010
Members of the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) employed at Syntell are entering their 3rd day of strike action over a wage dispute. Thus far Syntell has refused to negotiate with Samwu after the company unilaterally implemented a 5% wage increase.
Syntell provides traffic management services to a large number of municipalities throughout the country. It is estimated that losses as a result of a protracted strike could run into millions of Rands to these municipalities. The City of Cape Town alone stands to lose between one million to one and a half million per day in unprocessed traffic fines.
“We have been on strike since Monday and we are not going back until they agree to our demands. The Labour broker and contract staff has been threatened with their jobs if they join the strike and we also know that workers are paid more than normal for not striking” said Carol Ragaval, one of the striking workers.
Another striking Samwu member, Clint Johnson said, “We are optimistic that we shall claim victory in this strike. We reliably know that traffic fines are not processed within the required time and that means huge losses to many municipalities.
Mario Jacobs, Samwu provincial organiser believes that the company may have to pay a high price for their continued stubbornness to meet with Samwu. He said that Samwu is in the process of getting municipal workers to put pressure on their Councils to settle the current wage dispute.
The Syntell strike is on the SAMWU Central Executive Committee (CEC) agenda. The SAMWU CEC is currently sitting and exploring ways of giving workers of Syntell Support including seeking to engage Sactwu, another COSATU affiliate, to intervene as its investment arm Sactwu Investment Holdings holds a majority shareholding in Syntell.
For further comment contact Mario Jacobs, Samwu Provincial Organiser (084 841 0870) or Andre Adams, Samwu Provincial Secretary (082 565 1207)
South African Municipal Workers' Union of COSATU.
National Media and Publicity Officer.
Office: 011-331 0333.
Kleinskool protest spreads like wildfire in northern areas
Gareth Wilson 1 November 2010
CHAOS erupted in Port Elizabeth’s northern areas yesterday morning as a service delivery protest in Kleinskool spread into neighbouring suburbs.
The initial protest was sparked in Kleinskool three days ago amid claims that the municipality had failed to honour promises to supply RDP houses and electricity.
Heavily armed police were dispatched all over the area to monitor the situation as about 1000 Booysen Park, Bethelsdorp and Kleinskool residents barricaded roads with burning tyres and building rubble.
The Herald team counted 11 roads, in separate areas, that were blocked by chanting protesters demanding answers from the municipality.
Police said although the protesters had blocked the roads, they remained non-violent.
The only incident of violence reported was that of a four-year-old girl who was injured when a Bethelsdorp shop owner allegedly shot rubber bullets into the crowd after claiming the mob was trying to set his shop alight.
Police spokesman Captain Johan Rheeder said the child had been hit by a rubber bullet and was taken to Livingstone Hospital. A case of attempted murder is under investigation by the police.
Booysen Park resident Salome Kayser said their protest was being held in conjunction with Kleinskool residents in an attempt to get the government to honour its promises.
“We live in bad conditions and the municipality has promised to give us electricity and houses since January.”
Kayser said the council had failed to honour its promise to move some Booysen Park residents to RDP houses near Despatch.
“These officials sit in their houses and live a good life while we must struggle,” she said. “They lied to us and they always have excuses.”
Community leader David Pieterse addressed angry protesters in Booysen Park, saying the government had threatened to bring in the army.
“They must bring their trucks, we will burn them,” he said.
Councillor Trevor Louw pleaded with protesters to remain calm and not to get violent. “The police are only doing their job. Let’s stand back and wait until the officials arrive,” he said. “I have spoken to the chief whip and he is in a meeting with the mayor and they are discussing the issue.”
In Bethelsdorp, police peacefully dispersed about 800 residents who blocked Rensburg Road. Resident Mary Jone said they supported the Kleinskool struggle and would stand with them. “We were promised electricity for months now but the municipality still has not come to set it up,” she said.
In Kleinskool, residents were peaceful but continued to block roads with rubble and burning tyres.
Municipal spokesman Ongama Mtimka said the municipality was doing its utmost to respond to community concerns.
He said the areas formed part of a seven-year housing strategy which was linked to services such as electricity, water and sanitation.
“As mentioned before, access to land remains a major impediment in fast-tracking housing delivery in Kleinskool as most of the land there is privately owned,” he said.
“We urge communities to engage constructively with the municipality by keeping their main focus on resolving problems rather than creating more by vandalising the infrastructure meant to serve them.”
SACCAWU Pick 'n Pay Strike update - All pick 'n Pay striking workers in Klerksdorp arrested!
SACCAWU 2 November 2010
In the latest development of collusion between mall managers, Pick 'n
Pay store managers and SAPS all the workers on the picket‑line at
Klerksdorp has been arrested, for singing and shouting slogans on the
picket‑line. This is another instance demonstrating the extent to
which Pick 'n Pay will go to try and break the strike.
Since the week‑end, three workers were shot, one in a drive‑by
shooting on workers on the picket‑line and the other two by mall
security. In both instances charges has been laid with the SAPS. A
further sixty‑two workers were arrested on Saturday and today all the
striking workers in Klerksdorp were arrested.
SACCAWU is taking this very serious, especially the apparent collusion
between members of SAPS, local store managers, private security and
local mall mangers. SACCAWU have already wrote to the Minister of
Police to address this problem of SAPS members interfering in
industrial disputes and will seek a meeting with the Ministry to
At the same time we want to reiterate that the hostile attitude by
management has more to do to weakening the Union in their attempt to
restructure the Company to prepare for the likely entry of Walmart
into South Africa. It is apparent that the Company believe, for them
to be able to stand a chance to compete with Walmart they have to
drive down wages and weaken the Union.
However, SACCAWU will not sacrifice workers rights and workers
legitimate demands at the table of Walmartisation. SACCAWU striking
workers remain United and determined to fight for their demands, of
wage increases, increased working hours for part‑time workers, and a
staff discount on basic food stuff.
Workers were supposed to receive their increases at the beginning of
March and now seven months later the workers are still waiting. We
are conscious that the Company has made noise about willingness to
meet and resolve the dispute, however no such approaches has been made
to the Union and all correspondence from the Company since the
beginning of the strike with regards to resolving the strike has
reiterated their position that gave rise to the strike in the first
In the meantime SACCAWU will intensify the strike and solidarity
including mobilising for a Consumer Boycott of Pick 'n Pay. SACCAWU
also welcome and wish to thank all the organisations nationally and
internationally that have sent messages of Solidarity, actively
supporting the Strike and canvassing for a Consumer Boycott.
mike abrahams 0823365363
Mduduzi Mbongwe 0823365146
Lucas Ramathlodi 0823365325
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