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Central Exec 

Central Executive Committee

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Here is what the 2006 Constitution says about the Central Executive Committe

1. Purpose, powers and duties

The Central Executive Committee ("CEC") manages the affairs of the Federation between meetings of the NC and CC and has such powers and duties which customarily vest in an executive body, which includes in relation to -

  • policy - giving broad direction concerning organisational, political and educational issues within the Federation;

  • membership - admitting or refusing to admit applications for membership to the Federation;

  • employment –

      • creating positions of employment within the Federation;
      • determining conditions of employment;

  • property, finances and the annual report –

    1. approving the Federation's budget;
    2. determining budgetary guidelines;
    3. establishing and funding projects and activities in accordance with the aims and objects of the Federation;
    4. considering and approving the annual audited financial statements and balance sheet and annual report; and
    5. submitting the documents referred to in sub-clause above to the NC;
    6. opening and operating a bank account in the name of the Federation into which all monies raised in the name of the Federation shall be placed, and to administer such funds;
    7. acquiring, either by purchase, lease or otherwise, any movable or immovable property on behalf of the Federation and selling, letting, mortgaging or otherwise dealing with or dispose of any movable property belonging to the Federation; and
    8. appointing auditors of the Federation.

  • structures –

    1. establishing sub committees and determining their nature, membership and scope;
    2. approving, rejecting or amending recommendations from sub committees of the Federation; and
    3. making regulations concerning the composition, meetings, Office Bearers and role of the Shop Stewards Councils.

  • provinces –

    1. establishing or dissolving provinces;
    2. demarcating the jurisdiction of the provinces where 2 or more affiliates have established significant organisation;
    3. further delegating powers to the Provincial Congress and Provincial Executive Committee ("PEC");

  • leadership –

    1. filling vacancies in the positions of NOB's; and
    2. adopting or amending, a leadership Code of Conduct;

  • legal

    1. authorising legal or other assistance to affiliates in terms of the aims and objectives of the Federation; and
    2. instituting and/or defending legal proceedings in the name of the Federation, appointing attorneys to act on behalf of the Federation and appointing any person to sign any document in connection therewith on behalf of the Federation;

  • miscellaneous

    1. assisting the General Secretary in the exercise of his/her duties;
    2. dealing with matters specially delegated to it by the CC;
    3. referring decisions having major policy implications to the CC or NC.
2. Composition

The CEC must be composed of the -

  • NOB's;
  • Chairperson and Provincial Secretary of each province; and
  • representatives from affiliates such that there are –

    • two national leaders, one of whom must be a member of the affiliate, from each affiliate with less than 80 000 members;
    • four national leaders, two of whom must be members of the affiliate, from each affiliate with more than 80 000 members.

3. Meetings

Ordinary meetings

  • The CEC must meet at least four times a year.
  • The General Secretary consults the NOB’s and decides on the dates, and agenda for the meeting.
  • The General Secretary notifies all affiliates, not less than 21 days prior to date of the meeting.
  • No meeting of the CEC may be invalidated only because any member did not receive the notice and agenda.

Special meetings

  • The NOB’s or not less than 1/3 of the affiliates on requisition, can request a special meeting of the CEC.
  • The General Secretary must give not less than 7 days notice to the affiliate unions of the special meeting.
  • The meeting may only discuss those issues which necessitated the calling of this meeting.

4. Quorum

The quorum must include representation by at least –

  • half of the affiliates in good standing; and
  • half of the delegates who must be members of affiliates.
  • If after 2 hours of the time fixed for the meeting, a quorum is not present, the meeting must stand adjourned.
  • The General Secretary must decide on a time and place, provided that the meeting must be called and held sometime between 14 to 21 days thereafter.
  • The General Secretary must send written notice to affiliates of the adjourned meeting.
  • The members present at the adjourned meeting form a quorum.

5. Speaking and voting rights

The NOB's, the Chairperson and Provincial Secretary of each province have speaking rights but no voting rights.

The representatives from affiliates have full speaking rights and voting rights.

6. Decision making

The meeting makes a decision if –

  • the motion is duly seconded; and
  • a simple majority of people vote in favour thereof unless otherwise provided for in this Constitution.

The decisions are made by show of hands or by ballot if the meeting so decides.

If less than a simple majority vote in favour of a motion, or as otherwise provided for in this Constitution, then the motion lapses.

If the CEC cannot meet because of circumstances beyond its control, a decision can be made by way of a resolution signed by a simple majority of the affiliates or as otherwise provided for in this Constitution.