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Youth Day message from COSATU Young Workers

15 June 2017

The year 2017 marks exactly 41 years since the heroics of the 1976 generation. The 1976 generation stood and fought gallantly against a brutal system that was designed to dehumanise the already disenfranchised majority. On the 16th of June in 1976, thousands of young people took it upon themselves and confronted the brutal apartheid system and the Bantu Education policy in particular.

 

NUM notes the release of the Amended Mining Charter by the DMR

15 June 2017

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) notes the release of the Amended Mining Charter by the Minister of Mineral Resources this afternoon, the union will study the charter and aligned it with various union submissions to the Department of Mineral Resources during the consultation period. Most importantly in the areas of ownership (with specific focus on employee share ownership schemes), Human Resource Development, Employment Equity and Housing and Living Conditions (especially ensuring mining companies contribute financially towards employee accessing home ownership).

 

LIMUSA`s response to the developments in the Metal and Engineering Bairgaining Council (MEIBC)

15 June 2017

LIMUSA has noted the ruling by Acting Judge of the Labour Court, Judge Sean Snyman of putting MEIBC under administration. The ruling vindicates LIMUSA in that we have always argued that metalworkers deserve a union that is dedicated to them and their sector. LIMUSA strongly believes the ruling must be a wake up call to metalworkers that a general union that tries to be in all bargaining councils does not have their interests at heart. They must come in their numbers to join a union that is focused on this important and historic sector. LIMUSA calls on all metalworkers to leave a union that has long forgotten about their plight in favour of political fortunes of South Africa and the continent.

 

COSATU Limpopo statement on a 17 year old girl arrested for murder of her alleged rapist

15 June 2017

The Provincial Gender Committee of the Congress of South African Trade Unions in Limpopo is distraught by the events of this past weekend ,where yet another teenager was faced with the despicable actions of gender based violence.

 

COSATU fully supports the ongoing taxi strike

15 June 2017

The Congress of South African Trade Unions fully supports the taxi strike and we believe that their grievances are justifiable. Whilst their conduct of blocking the roads is an inconvenience to workers, who mainly rely on taxis, this is the price we have to pay for having an unregulated capitalism where the profits for owners of capital are unlimited but workers wages are adjusted to inflation. The federation calls for urgent government intervention to regulate the pricing of key products in the economy including the prices of taxis and pharmaceuticals. The government should also regulate the profit levels of companies by expropriating any excessive profits through taxation and they must be redistributed to the poor through free public services. COSATU urges employers not to apply the "no work no pay" principle as most workers would be unable to access their workplaces for reasons beyond their control.

 

NUM President Piet Matosa to address a mass meeting at Cooke 3 tomorrow

14 June 2017

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) President Piet Matosa will address a mass meeting at Sibanye Gold Cooke 3 operation tomorrow (15 June 2017) at 12 pm in Westonaria.

 

COSATU Limpopo wishes SADTU a succesful 7th Provincial Congress

14 June 2017

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in Limpopo wishes its affiliate SADTU a successful 7th Provincial Congress. The congress is scheduled to take place from the 15th - 18th June 2017 at Bolivia Lodge in Polokwane. The Provincial Congress is organised under the "Restore the character of SADTU as a union of Revolutionary Professionals, as Agents of Change and Champions of People`s Education for People`s Power in Pursuit for Socialism".

 

NUM to embark on a strike at Msobo Coal mine next week Tuesday

14 June 2017

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will embark on a protected strike at Msobo Coal mine next week Tuesday (20 June 2016) after the company decided to withdraw from the Centralised Bargaining Forum by the Chamber of Mines.

 

COSATU Western Cape calls for Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to be investigated for state capture

14 June 2017

Western Cape Premier Ms Helen Zille has done a deal to save face in the Western Cape but that reduces her to a token Premier with no powers. She has clearly been identified as a racist by her own party the DA; the same party that is intent on maintaining and defending the inherited privileges of white people in this country. Despite being found guilty of acting in a manner unbecoming a leader in South Africa, she is still being allowed to lead a province that suffers from extreme racial divide as a result of her attitude.

 

The Grocery Retail Sector Market Inquiry by the Competition Commission should lead to the dismantling of these dominant cartels

14 June 2017

The ongoing Competition Commission`s retail sector market inquiry into reports of unfair competition practices within the sector should herald the beginning of a new chapter that will result in the dismantling of dominant cartels in the sector and also boost small players.

 

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