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Municipality to move Bapsfontein residents despite violent protests
Imraan Karolia 29 December 2010
The Ekurhuleni municipality said police officers will keep a close eye on the Bapsfontein informal settlement on the East Rand on Wednesday morning.
Residents refused to relocate to a safer area after it was declared a disaster zone because of sinkholes.
On Tuesday, community members clashed with police. One person was injured after being fired at with rubber bullets.
The council’s Zweli Dlamini said relocation operations would continue on Wednesday, despite the tense stand-off with residents.
“What is happening is those who do not want to move, have started interfering with our process of moving people,” he said. “We are not going to allow that unfortunately, so for those who want to go, they definitely going to be moving.”
NUMSA Ends BHP Billiton Industrial Action
NUMSA 16 December 2010
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) National Office Bearers (NOB's) led by the General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary Cde(s) Irvin Jim and Karl Cloete respectively held wage negotiations with the BHP Billiton with an intention to brokering a settlement to end the nine (9) day industrial action by our militant and fighting members.
The industrial action by our conscious and united members forced the employer to come back to the table with a revised and better offer for settlement. This has re-affirmed that Numsa is a genuine representative of the workers at the point of production and society broadly. The employer's revised offer to Numsa is a pinch of salt to Solidarity, who settled with the employer at the start of the dispute at 7.5%. This is a lesson that the continued fragmentation of the workers undermines its power and unity to confront the logic of capital and ruling class. We are making a plea and not a command to those members to join Numsa in line with Cosatu's commitment of one industry, one union and one country and one federation.
The new and revised offer has been presented to our members at BHP Billiton. We are pleased that the offer was subjected into a democratic process and was unanimously accepted by the Numsa members who were on strike. The offer is in line with our struggle for equal distribution of wealth at the point of production.
The settlement offer is as follows;
· Year 1 - 8%
· Year 2 - CPI + 2%
· Year 3 - CPI + 2%
Other matters related to the settlement, such as the phasing out of labour brokering, fulltime Health and Safety Numsa Shopstewards and Medical Aid will be processed and finalised within 6 months.
Irvin Jim, General Secretary - 073 157 63 84
Karl Cloete, Deputy General Secretary - 083 389 0777
Community beats up alleged rapists
Independent Newspapers 14 December 2010
Sharpeville residents beat up two men who allegedly kidnapped a 14-year-old girl to rape her, Gauteng police said on Tuesday.
“Yesterday (Monday) evening, at 10.30pm a 14-year-old minor was sent to the shops and while on her way, two suspects grabbed her and forced her to a nearby shack,” said Warrant Officer Aubrey Moopeloa.
One of the men raped her, and when the second one wanted to do so, she screamed.
“The neighbours came to the rescue. The two guys were arrested by the community and they were beaten up.”
The police were called to the scene and the two men, aged 29 and 40, were arrested in Tshepiso North extension 3.
“The two men are behind bars now.”
The pair was expected to appear in court soon. He urged parents to be cautious and not send their children out late at night, making them vulnerable to crime. - Sapa
GS presstatement Plantation Strike 1
The leadership food and allied workers union (FAWU), accompanied by the President of COSATU, will be distributing food hampers to workers of Plantation Farm workers who were on strike from the 10th Dec till the 31st March 2010 but were illegally locked-out when workers reported for duty on the 01st April 2010 following termination of strike by the union.
The event will be held at the open grounds next to the Dawn Park police station and not far from the Plantation Farms workplaces. We hope that the whole 132 workers affected by this barbaric treatment by Plantation Farm owners will all be there at 14h30 today (14th December 2010) when the COSATU President, Sdumo Dlamini, address them with message of support.
Please call the Provincial Organizer, Mr Joloza, at 071 682 5939 for more information.
FAWU General Secretary
082 467 2509
Lonmin on the verge of a massive strike action
NUM 14 December 2010
The wage dispute between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and platinum producer Lonmin rages on. The parties met at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) yesterday and failed to reach a resolution. The NUM demands a wage increase of 10,5% down from 11% whilst the employer offers 7,5% up from 7,2%. Lonmin argues it would offer workers an undisclosed amount of bonuses should workers agree to lower their wage demands to below double-digit. The NUM will tomorrow meet with its members to give them a full briefing and would on Monday meet with Lonmin at the CCMA. The union represents 12 000 of Lonmin ‘s 18 000 workforce. “We can only hope for a resolution. We need the company to come to the party and leave inflation rhetoric out of the negotiation picture” says Erick Gcilitshana, the NUM‘s Chief Negotiator at Lonmin. Should the parties be unable to reach a resolution next week, a certificate of non-resolution may be issued paving the way for a massive strike action against Lonmin.
NPC prepares to strike against NUM
NUM 14 December 2010
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Natal Portland Cement (NPC) have disputed over wages. The company approached the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) for the resolution of the wage dispute and has yesterday been awarded a certificate of non-resolution, paving the way for the company to strike against the workers. The NUM demands a wage increment of 10% across the board, a R1000 housing allowance, a R1200 shift allowance, a moratorium on outsourcing as well as an agreement on agency shop. The company offered a 4% wage increase and a 7% on the current shift allowance. It offered nothing on housing allowance with no offer on agency shop and outsourcing. “It is historic that a company can declare a dispute with a trade union and receive a certificate to strike. Let them strike, the ball is in their court” says Bhekani Ngcobo, the NUM‘s Regional Coordinator in Kwazulu-Natal. The NUM calls on the company to come to its senses and accede to the workers demand. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is aware that the company plays tricks due to lack of demand for cement as well as due to the festive season. “Their time will come, we will give them something they will never forget. The time for games will be over” says Ngcobo.
Bhekani Ngcobo- 071 670 6349
Lesiba Seshoka- 082 803 6719
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