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POPCRU Post-NEC Press Statement http://popcru.org.za/3495-2/ Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:21:58 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=3495 28 November 2016

POPCRU House

1 Marie Road

Auckland Park

 

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) convened an ordinary plenary session of the standing National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting from the 25th to 27th of November 2016 at the Shishangeni Lodge in the Kruger National Park.

The NEC received and discussed the political, organisational and financial reports amongst other presentations made.   The meeting also discussed the current political circumstances we find ourselves, both local and international.

The NEC widely discussed a variety of political and organisational issues including:

  1. The passing on of the Cuban Leader, Fidel Castro

The NEC expressed its heartfelt condolences to the selfless people of Cuba on the death of their former President, Fidel Castro. As one of the 20th century’s most iconic political figures, the role Castro played in the liberation of our country and others across the African diaspora continue to inspire and give hope to millions across the world, and will never go unnoticed.

With over 600 attempts at his life over the years, he was a legendary survivor who dedicated his life to the struggle against imperialist capitalism. His ideas will forever live on, and we shall forever be inspired by his resilience in the face of capitalist aggression and his consistent commitment to a just society free of the exploitation of one by another.

Cubans contributed immensely in reversing the ill gains of the South African apartheid regime, which changed the regime’s attitude in defining SADC region politically and economically. They continue to offer the much-needed services to our people through their exchange programs where our people continue to be trained as artisans and doctors, with all these services provided at no cost.

All POPCRU structures have been flying our flags at half-mast since this morning, and this will continue for the rest of the week.

We say Farewell Commandant; your revolutionary spirit shall live on both in our thoughts and deeds. You fought a good fight, and will forever remain a beacon of hope for all peace-loving people of the world.

  1. 2nd Phase OSD settlement agreement

The NEC expressed delight at the finalisation of a long, protracted struggle fought over the past 7 years for the payment of the 2nd phase of the Occupational Specific Dispensation (OSD) for correctional officials, which will see the effect of translation of notches to correct ones and the back-pay of 30% for the period 1st of April 2010 to the 30th of September 2016. This shall be paid in phases as contained within the agreement.

We want to categorically state that under the circumstances, this victory came at a time when our detractors had written it off, and there has not been any other organisation that has consistently fought for its implementation except POPCRU. Their efforts to deligitimise this victory reflects nothing but sour grapes as they continuously fail to take up member issues to their final conclusion. As for us, we will continue fighting for our membership under all circumstances because a POPCRU member is our priority.

This agreement paves way to way for the resolution of outstanding matters, namely the ring-fenced students, shift systems and the promotion policy, but most importantly, the rehabilitation of inmates.

  1. Nationalisation of Traffic

Nationalisation of Traffic is forging ahead. We are starting with the migration of cross-border to Road traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) which will be effected from the 1st of April 2017.

Parties are continuing with discussions and are finalising the process, and we will be having road shows early next year in consulting with members concerned.

 Transformation of the SAPS

We welcome the move by Police Minister Nhleko to initiate the Ministerial Transformation Task Team that is aimed at reviewing all South African Police Service’s National Instructions, Standing Orders and Operational Standards that have been the primary cause for the detriment and negation of police officers’ working environment. As part of the task team, our aim is to make contributions that will not just add to the rhetoric often displayed by those wielding decision-making powers, but to strive for the intended implementation of the effected changes which address the many challenges we have consistently raised regarding the need to improve working standards. We further call on civil society to take a keen interest in the unfolding developments within this task team as police challenges cannot be isolated from community challenges.

  1. Assessment of the local government elections

We have witnessed a drop on the ANC support, declining drastically to below 60% in the 5th Local Government Elections, where four metros were lost to the opposition (Nelson Mandela, Tshwane, Johannesburg and Mogale City). It should be noted that the movement has declined on the polls in all provinces.

A number of factors contributed to this political boomerang during the recent polls.

The overall lesser turn-out in the core social bases of the movement, the small but not insignificant toe-hold secured by opposition parties like the DA in those bases, and even the skepticism expressed by many whom, on the other hand, voted for the ANC.

The reality that we have to face is that there is a growing number of electorate including its dire-heart constituency which is tired of being taken for granted. They believe that the ANC formal structures are increasingly inward looking, pre-occupied with factional battles and money politics.

On the other hand, there is also some level of conviction that the conduct of some of the ANC leaders is so often detached, arrogant and indifferent to their daily realities. There are tens of thousands of loyal ANC supporters and many veterans who are excluded from branch structures through deliberate gatekeepers and fraudulent abuse of membership data. Another major weakness was the imposition of unpopular ANC candidates, in defiance of the ANC’s own guidelines. There is a view as well that corrupt individuals within the movement appear to be enjoying some level of protection. Majority of South Africans are deeply worried about prevailing corruption and in the absence of action been taken by those involved, the movement is then viewed as being tolerant of such practices and thus corrupt on its own.

We should, of course, correctly appreciate major service delivery advances by the ANC over the past two decades. Conversely, there is a prevailing observation that our liberation movement has lost its moral compass.

The fact that we lost in municipalities where there is evident service delivery can only indicate that the losses are as a result of the lack of trust, allegations of perceived or real corruption more than it is about service delivery, considering the poorer municipalities with limited services that we have won.

  1. Factionalism

Factionalism continues to attribute negatively into the ANC’s internal life, with rivalries between supporters of particular local, regional or national personalities destroying the noble value of selfless service and leadership central to the ethos of the movement as we know it.

In the process, it is eroding government’s ability to uphold good governance practices that are critical and central to the efficient delivery of vital social services for our people. It is attributed to a number of things, amongst others, corruption, the scramble for power and a tendency for comrades to regard lower structures as their own fiefdoms. This, in recent times, has seen a trend to the effect that those in power misuse state resources through their patronage links to fund this or the other factionalised grouping, leading to a situation where monetary value, instead of capacity, determines the kind of leadership we get, and the situation self-perpetuates.

This practice has created a situation in which corporations or enterprises support certain ANC members so that they can get contracts. This is confirmed in the ANC’s Through the Eye of a Needle document wherein the organisation complained of companies that identify ANC members that they can promote in ANC structures so that they can get contracts.

Personal rivalries often split the party along racial or ethnic fault lines.

The organisation’s rank and file cannot be convinced by leadership calls for good behaviour when those leading at the highest echelons continue without fail to tolerate corruption, both within organisational structures and in government.

This cannot be reduced to an individual problem however. If we are to fall into the trap of thinking that by an individual resigning or being removed, our challenges as a movement will simply wither away, we would simply be blind to the nature of the problem and end up repeating similar mistakes in the future. It reflects a collective’s weakness to hold those in question to account.

As part of making efforts towards correcting the situation we find ourselves as a movement, we are of the view that benchmarks for the kind of leadership we need should be a prerequisite. No individual leader should be above the collective to an extent that they are beyond reproach, at all levels of leadership.

  1. Corporate Capture

In a capitalist democracy, the government, no matter who it is, must abide by the laws of capitalist markets. This is clearly expressed by Marx and Engels in The Communist Manifesto when they wrote that “the executive of the modern state is nothing but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie.”

The so-called state capture by the Guptas is not a new phenomenon. In our country, the capitalists have long captured the state. Some of the big, established capitalists like Johann Rupert, Michiel Le Roux, Markus Jooste, Nicky Oppenheimer, Paul Harris, Jannie Mouton, Koos Bekker, Christo Wiese, Gerrit Ferreira and Lauritz Dippenaar, through their massive corporations and their imperialist backers have been and continue to be tied by a thousand strings to the state and the economy. What we are actually witnessing is therefore an attempt by a certain wing of the capitalist class to wrestle control of the coffers away from another section of their class.

Big business has always learned all the subtle ways with which to exercise their power. The Guptas, on the other hand, by landing a private jet at a national key point, demanding blue light escort for their motorcades, apparently summoning people to Saxonwold and informing people directly that they will be appointed to cabinet, have through their arrogance and recklessness clearly revealed to the masses how South African society is truly being ruled behind the scenes. In a society with such sharp social contradictions, their amateurish ways are therefore a danger to the capitalists as a whole. Although the state capture report has not made any definitive findings against any individual, what it has done is to create a real impression in the minds of South Africans that they are not in charge of their country, therefore opting to withdraw their votes in certain instances as a form of protest.

The manner in which the report is structured is such that it will drag on with its snippets till we get to the general elections in 2019, an opportunity the opposition parties will definitely capitalize on as their campaign has already started in the name of fighting corruption.

We note the release of the former Public Protector’s report titled “State of Capture”, and the deliberate change in terms of the mandate to investigate state capture by replacing it with State of Capture.

Whilst we condemn any form of capturing of the state, including corruption by individuals, we do not think the former Public Protector is assisting the nation in coming any closer to knowing the truth on this matter.

This report is unfortunately casting aspersions on the character of the people mentioned, in particular, the state President. However, it is our view that the former Public Protector’s report pursued to prosecute people in the public court of opinion. For instance, it is illegal in South Africa for any authority to intercept communication of any person without the permission of a Judge designated to specifically on all intercepted applications. Enough evidence to convince the designated Judge that tapping or bugging is necessary to address crime, protest, public health and safety or ensure national security is required.

We need to ask ourselves: Was the proper process followed to access cellphone information of those implicated in the report?

It is known that the report was done by PWD, a company, yet we are not clear as to who vetted the PWD investigators before they were issued with interception directives.

Does the Chief Justice have any powers to appoint judges to chair commissions of inquiries instituted as per Section 84(21. f) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996?

Our view is that there is a need for a full investigation of state capture in South Africa. Any investigation that excludes white monopoly capital in South Africa is an advancement of white supremacy and only serves to entrench the view that only black people are corrupt and corruptible while others are portrayed as saints. We totally reject this report.

  1. Infightings within the Criminal Justice Cluster

With every Sunday full of headlines about one cadre or the other accused of corruption, the accusations and counter-accusations levelled among those given leadership roles in the criminal justice cluster, we find it extremely unbecoming that its role in investigating and enforcing due penalties for those committing illegal activities is becoming diminished, and focus is now concerted on internal fights aimed at discrediting one another for wrong ends.

The credibility of government institutions in this cluster are on a downward spiral due to the reckless nature of the individuals heading them; whereas at times utilising them as a tool to silence their detractors. State institutions should never be used to target political opponents or to fabricate false charges aimed at destabilising or preventing some from implementing their responsibilities.

We are against any systematic campaign to assassinate the character of individuals, which among others includes the leaking of information during strategic political periods and against the use of media by state agencies on matters which may influence society’s opinion against individuals based on untested and inconclusive allegations.

Issued by POPCRU on 28-11-2016.

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POPCRU TO CONVENE ITS NEC MEETING http://popcru.org.za/popcru-to-convene-its-nec-meeting/ Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:22:18 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=3493 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) will convene its normal National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on the weekend of 25- 27 November 2016.

This NEC meeting will be an important platform in assessing how far we have gone in implementing our programs as an organisation. It will also broadly analyse the political challenges facing the revolution and the ANC-led alliance, the working class and society in general and the recent wars within the criminal justice cluster.

This will include a further interrogation of the challenges of class inequality, unemployment, state capture, corruption, patronage and the challenges facing state organs. The NEC will reflect on the work that still needs to be done, the struggles that still need to be waged and reflect on possible solutions

The POPCRU NEC will take place as follows;

 Date: 25- 27 November 2016

Time: 10h00

Venue: Shishangeni Lodge, Kruger National Park

A post-NEC press conference will take place as follows;

 Date: Monday, 28 November 2016

Time: 11h00am

Venue: Ground Floor Boardroom, POPCRU House, Auckland Park

Issued by POPCRU 23/11/2016

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Correctional Service Officials should not be made scapegoats http://popcru.org.za/correctional-service-officials-should-not-be-made-scapegoats/ Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:13:27 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=3491 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) is alarmed by the Judicial Inspectorate of Correctional Services’ (JICS) stance to isolate correctional officials and make them scapegoats over the lack of direction and inconsistencies within the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) in managing correctional centres.

We view the JICS Inspecting Judge Johan van der Westhuisen’s comments on prison torture at the Helderstroom prison as one-sided and bias towards inmates, ignorant to the obnoxious conditions which correctional officials are subjected to on a daily basis.

Overcrowding and understaffing continue to be the main source of challenges that have in the past months seen the escape of inmates and attacks on correctional officials across the country, yet nothing is said about this fact in his expedition.

This is indicative of the unwillingness to confront and deal away with the core challenges that would, if urgently attended to, improve conditions within these centres and ensure the department focuses on its core business of rehabilitation inmates.

We want to emphasise that inmates should not remain indolent in correctional facilities, but do consistent work that will ensure these facilities become self-sufficient. They must contribute towards the running costs and decent up-keeping of these centres as this will contribute towards their rehabilitation and skills development. With approximately 85% to 94% of prisoners in South Africa re-offending after their release, the current system of rehabilitation needs to urgently be redefined because in the current, our prisons are far from being conducive to fulfilling the rehabilitation process needed.

The many challenges faced by the Department of Correctional Services in maintaining and monitoring inmates within correctional centres cannot simply be blamed on correctional officials.

Issued by POPCRU on 22/11/2016

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POPCRU elated over the resolution of the 2nd phase OSD for Correctional Officials http://popcru.org.za/popcru-elated-over-the-resolution-of-the-2nd-phase-osd-for-correctional-officials/ Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:12:55 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=3486 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) is delighted over the long-awaited resolution of the dispute on the implementation of the 2nd phase of the Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD) for correctional officials.

Today marks the end of a long, protracted fight on this payment as we have just concluded and signed a settlement agreement which gives effect to the following;

 

  1. Translation to correct notches

The translation to notches which members would have been in, had they been translated to the 2nd phase of the OSD in April 2010. This shall be done with effect from the 1st of October 2016, and shall be implemented on the 15th of February 2017.

 

  1. Back-pay 30% for the non-implementation

The back-pay for the period 1st of April 2010 to 30 September 2016 shall be paid in phases as contained in the agreement. The first phase of the back-pay shall be17% payable by the 31st of March 2017.

 

All persons who had 5 years or more in the department of Correctional services by the 30th of June 2009 on salary levels 5-8, including those whose services have been terminated, and those that have been promoted to managerial posts qualify for translation and back-pay as contained in the settlement agreement.

 

Issued by POPCRU on 21/11/2016

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STATE SECURITY MINISTER MAHLOBO MUST COME CLEAN http://popcru.org.za/state-security-minister-mahlobo-must-come-clean/ Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:07:30 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=3482 The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) is concerned over allegations that link the State Security Minister David Mahlobo to known illegal rhino horn traders.

About 702 rhinos have been poached between January and October this year. With these ever-increasing numbers, it has created a negative impact on our much-needed tourism industry and further continues to undermine government’s commitment and efforts to fight poaching.

With the mandate of the State Security Agency (SSA) being  to provide the government with intelligence on domestic and foreign threats or potential threats to national stability among others, and the South African government now treating the poaching of rhinos as a threat to national security, we are of a firm view that Mr Mahlobo’s alleged association with illegal rhino horn traders undermine the integrity of the very department he is heading.

As a person afforded the responsibility to control South Africa’s intelligence, which includes monitoring organised crime, these allegations are a huge blow to his standing in society as we all know that organised crime can only flourish under a corrupt environment. If those responsible for investigating such crimes befriend those committing them, the populace’s trust deficit on government institutions are bound to decline.

We urge the Minister of the SSA to come clean on this matter, and call for an urgent investigation into the claims made.

 

Issued by POPCRU on 13/11/2016

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POPCRU SUPPORTS THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR DECENT WORK http://popcru.org.za/popcru-supports-the-international-day-of-action-for-decent-work/ Fri, 07 Oct 2016 06:37:25 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=3449  

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) supports the Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU) call on all South African workers to join millions of workers from across the world in marking the International Day for Decent Work tomorrow, Friday 7th 2016.

These on-going struggles for decent work are comprised by the need to urgently attend to the many varying issues negatively affecting workers across many countries, with many working under labour brokers, unsafe conditions, and earning minor salaries in the midst of continued rises in the costs of living.

We are fully behind the demand for accessible, affordable, safe and reliable public transport and the immediate scrapping of E-tolls.

Workers should know that this is a legally protected strike under Section 77 of the Labour Relations Act, meaning that the COSATU has done all the necessary arrangements applying for the protection of all workers at Nedlac. All employed South Africans, with the exception of emergency workers, are permitted to take a day off on Friday; and join a strike without any fear of victimization. We are also calling for workers, who are being intimidated by employers to go and report to the nearest COSATU offices.

We are content that the demands to be raised by our federation COSATU, as tabled below, will be resolved through the unity workers keep forging working class unity.

  • Demand the total banning of the labour brokers.
  • Fight in defence of our Jobs and against retrenchments.
  • Demand the implementation of the Legislated National Minimum Wage.
  • Fight to defend and protect our Collective Bargaining Agreements.
  • Fight for compliance with Occupational Health & Safety Standards in all workplaces.
  • Fight for the implementation of the NHI.
  • Fight for the scrapping of the Taxation Amendment Law.
  • Demand the implementation of Free Education.

 

Issued by POPCRU on 06/10/2016

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VENUES AND DEPLOYMENT FOR COSATU PROVINCIAL MARCHES 07 OCTOBER 2016 http://popcru.org.za/venues-and-deployment-for-cosatu-provincial-marches-07-october-2016/ Fri, 07 Oct 2016 06:13:15 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=3447 Province

  Activity Venue Contacts CEC Deployees Gauteng

  March in Johannesburg City Centre Gather @ COSATU House in Braamfontein and march to Mayor of JHB, DOT, MEC Finance, Ghandi Square and Chamber of Mines. Dumisani Dakile

082 727 1422

 

Matserane

083 587 2766

  Cde Bheki Ntshalintshali

(COSATU General Secretary)

Cde Mduduzi Mbongwe

(SACCAWU Deputy G.S.)

Cde Susan Khumalo

(SACTWU Deputy President)

Cde Simon Hlungwani

(DENOSA President)

Cde Helen Diatile

(NUM Education Chair)

Cde Mpho Pooe

(SAMA President)

Cde William Mabapa

(NUM Deputy General Sec.)

Cde Mugwena Maluleke

(SADTU General Secretary)

 

  Limpopo

  March in Polokwane Gather @ SABC Park and march to Premiers Office, SARS, DOL and Business Chambers Gerald Twala

071 587 2872

 

Louisa Nxumalo

082 339 6004

Cde Magope Maphile

(SADTU President)

Cde Louisa Thipe

(SACCAWU President)

Cde Joseph Montisetse

(NUM Deputy President)

Cde Mike Shingange

(NEHAWU 1st Deputy Pres.)

Cde Dr Mahlane Phalane

(SAMA General Secretary)

Cde Simon Mathe

(SAMWU General Secretary)

  North West

  March in Klerksdorp

 

 

 

 

 

 

March in Rustenburg Gather @ Medical Centre and march to DOL

 

 

 

 

 

Gather @ Bus Rank and march to DOL Job Dliso

082 4631 840

 

Kopano Konopi

082 339 5836

  Moses Miya

(SAMWU Deputy G. Secretary)

Cde Joe Kokela

(SASBO General Secretary)

Cde Simon Mofokeng

(CEPPWAWU General Secretary)

 

Cde Angie Phethle

(SACCAWU Deputy Pres.)

Cde Gloria Kgoleng

(SADTU Vice President SAC)

Cde Zenzo Mahlangu

(SATAWU General Secretary)

Percy Bogosi

(SASAWU Deputy General Secretary)

  Mpumalanga

  March in Witbank Gather @ Lynville Stadium and march to DOL Thabo Mokoena

073 750 2041

Life Monini

071 384 3509

  Cde Solly Phetoe

(COSATU Deputy G. Secretary)

Cde Zizamele Cebekhulu

(POPCRU President)

Cde David Spunzi

(NUM General Secretary)

Cde Oscar Phaka

(DENOSA Acting G. Secretary)

Cde Lucas Mashego

(CEPPWAWU 1st Dep. Pres.)

Cde Kgomotso Makhuphula

(NEHAWU Treasurer)

Cde Thamsanqa Matosa

(NUM President)

Cde Lindiwe Motshwane

(SADTU Treasurer)

  Free State

  March in Qwaqwa

 

 

 

March in Welkom Gather @ Freedon Sqaure and march DOH

 

 

Gather @ Erickson Circle and march to Pick n Pay Monyatso Mahlatsi

076 115 9923

 

 

Pitso Tlhole

079 0991 581

  Tyotyo James

(COSATU 1st Deputy President)

Cde Aubrey Tshabalala

(CWU General Secretary)

Cde Bereng Soke

(NEHAWU General Sec.)

Cde Kate Matlou

(SATAWU 2nd Deputy Pres.)

Cde Pule Molalenyane

(SAMWU President)

Cde Bones Skulu

(SACCAWU General Sec.)

Cde Noside Nkambule

(DENOSA National Treasurer)

Cde Dorcas Sekabate

(SADTU Vice Pres. Gender)

  Northern Cape

  March in Kimberley Gather @ Open Arena and march to Premiers Office Anele Gxoyiye

082 401 6598

Thandi Makapela

079 481 9077

  Cde Nkosana Dolopi

(SADTU Deputy G.Secretary)

Cde Peter Bailey

(NUM Health & Safety Chair)

Cde Mike Ngqolowa

(SASAWU General Secretary)

Cde Clyde Mervin

(CWU President)

Cde Lydia Nkopane

(NUM Women Structure)

  Western Cape

  March in City of Cape Town Gather @ Keizergracht and march to Parliament Tony Ehrenreich

082 773 3194

Joah Jarden

084 388 2101

  Cde Andre Kriel

(SACTWU General Secretary)

Cde Rankele Msinto

(POPCRU Deputy G. Sec.)

Cde Mike Tau

(SACCAWU Deputy Pres.)

Cde Moses Lekota

(SASBO President)

Cde Abdul Hadee Vent

(PPAWUSA G. Secretary)

Cde Veronica Hofmeester

(SADTU Vice President Educ)

Cde Nyameka Macanda

(NEHAWU 2nd Deputy Pres.)

Cde Freda Oosthuysen

(COSATU National Treasurer)

Cde Kwena Manamela

(DENOSA Acting Deputy G. Secretary)

Cde Portia Lindi

(SAMWU National Treasurer) Eastern Cape

  March in East London Gather @ Northend Stadium and march to DOL
Xolani Malamlela

082 4552 745

Mkhawuleli Maleki

082 339 5482

 

Cde Zingiswa Losi

(COSATU 2nd Deputy President)

Cde Zola Saphetha

(NEHAWU Deputy G. Sec)

Cde Modise Letsatsi

(DENOSA 1st Deputy Pres.)

Cde Nathi Theledi

(POPCRU General Secretary)

Cde Sabelo Mgotywa

NUM Young Worker Sec.)

Cde Kenny Basjan

(SASAWU President)

Cde Nadeema Syms

  KwaZulu Natal

  07 October – Local Demonstrations and Pickets

  • Newcastle

 

 

 

08 October – March in Durban City Centre Province to provide details

 

 

Gather at Gugu Dlamini and march to Curries Fountain Stadium Edwin Mkhize

082 399 7756

Khaliphile Cotoza

082 717 7447

 

  Cde Sidumo Dlamini

(COSATU President)

Cde John Dlamini

(SAMWU 1st Deputy Pres.)

Cde Chris Gina

(SACTWU Deputy G.S.)

Cde Thandeka Msibi

(DENOSA 2nd Deputy Pres.)

Cde Cedric Gina

(LIMUSA General Secretary)

Cde Themba Khumalo

(SACTWU President)

Cde Thamsanqa Mhlongo

(CEPPWAWU President)

Cde Mzwandile Makwayiba

(NEHAWU President)

Cde Nkosinathi Mabida

(POPCRU 1st Deputy Pres.)

Cde Mabutho Cele

(SADTU Deputy President)

Cde Beauty Zibula

(SACTWU 1st Deputy Pres.)

Cde Thabo Mogalane

(CWU Deputy G.S.)

  ]]> WFTU Press Statement State of readiness for the 17th WFTU Congress 04-10-2016 Durban, South Africa http://popcru.org.za/wftu-press-statement-state-of-readiness-for-the-17th-wftu-congress-04-10-2016-durban-south-africa/ Tue, 04 Oct 2016 10:34:20 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=3443 The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), co-hosting with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and its affiliates the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU), the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU), the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Chemical, Engineering, Paper, Pulp, Wood and Allied Workers Union (CEPPWAWU, salutes the workers of the world and welcomes the delegates representing the people who carry the global economy on their backs to the 17th World Trade Union Congress. This congress is organised under the theme “Struggle, Internationalism and Unity for the attainment of the contemporary workers’ needs, against poverty and wars generated by capitalist barbarism”,

This congress will see the arrival of over 800 international delegates, 700 local South African delegates throughout today, 340 of the delegates will be women. 31% from the public sector and 69% from the private sector respectively, representing 111 countries and 242 trade unions from all continents. This therefore means that the total expected number of delegates to this important workers event is 1500 delegates who will be deliberating throughout the rest of the week in ensuring the workers’ mandate is carried through in our struggle for a better world free of capitalist barbarism.

This congress will also afford the workers an opportunity to pay the greatest homage to the foundational figures of the South African trade union movement such as Moses Mabhida, JB Marks, John Nkadimeng, Eric ‘Stalin’ Mtshali, John Taolo Gaetsewe, Billy Nair, Wilton Mkwayi, Mark Shope, Joe Molokeng, Ray Alexander, Stephen Dlamini, Leslie Masina, Leon Levy and many others who pioneered COSATU’s predecessor SACTU.

Most significantly, Cde Eric ‘Stalin’ Mtshali will be hoisting the WFTU flag at the opening ceremony, in honour of the role that he, the likes of Moses Mabhida and Leslie Masina played in dedicating their lives both in WFTU and in the formation of a formidable Trade Union movement across many parts of the African continent.

The class orientated and revolutionary trade union movement under the banner of WFTU will use this opportunity to reflect and come out with responses to the challenges facing the working class all around the world and also to consolidate and strengthen the principles of working class internationalism and universalism.

It has become gradually obvious for millions of working people across the world that the capitalist crisis is a crisis of the system. It is not faults within the system but the system itself that is faulty, generating regular and periodic crises resulting from the sharpening of the main contradiction of capitalism. This highlights the historical boundaries of capitalism and the need to strengthen the struggles against capitalism, and ultimately its overthrow.

We are quite confident that a platform for democratic, open and frank engagements around common challenges facing workers the world over will deliver fruitful results in taking the struggles of workers forward

This is very key considering that we are faced with a crisis which intensifies the ruthless competition between the monopolies and forces the implementation of anti-labour and anti-peoples policies that also seeks to impose the burden of the crisis on the shoulders of the toiling masses. The labour, social and trade union rights are under attack all around the world. Privatization flourishes and the scourge of unemployment rate is skyrocketing. The quality of life for the working class is deteriorating at a rapid pace.

For the control of natural resources, markets, roads for transport of goods and the control of new territories, the competition between the imperialist forces and their satellites is being intensified day after day generating new wars, conflicts and interventions in different countries.

The two main poles, the social-democrats and the neoconservatives which are represented by new or older parties, are utilized by the capitalist system to transform the indignation of the masses against the anti-peoples policies into passive or active support for the policy of the ruling class.

The working class is pushing back and is waging heroic struggles in all parts of the world. Workers have to deal with the brutal reaction of authorities and the capitalists whose response against these legitimate and fair struggles is to arrest, imprison and even murder of trade unionists. The workers struggle against the anti-labour and the neoliberal anti-people policies is the positive perspective that can open up new roads for the reconstruction of the trade union movement and rebuild an international working class movement.

The working class needs stronger, more dynamic, more mass-based, more class-oriented, trade union movement, Trade unions with deep and stable roots within the industries, within the multinationals and within all sectors, to defend its rights and demand social justice.

The 17th World Trade Union Congress gives the call to go “Forward!” to the international working class and the international class-oriented trade union movement.

The World Federation of Trade Unions as well as the South African working class have struggled side by side from the very first moment against the racist apartheid regime for a world without exploitation of man by man, for a socialist world and continue till today the struggle for the defense of the workers and people’s rights.

We are happy to be convening our 17th World Trade Union Congress in South Africa, the land of the heroic liberation and anti-apartheid struggle, the land of the militant and heroic SACTU, the land of Moses Mabhida, J.B Marks, Mark Shope and thousands of other known and unknown fighters, the land of the heroic South African working class.

WFTU prides itself of being a staunch supporter of the Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign and other associated activities including the annual Israeli Apartheid Week. This WFTU shall continue to speak out against all forms of discrimination including anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism and other sectarian sentiments in favour of a secular and tolerant world.

This Congress will be concluded by a mass workers rally to take place at the Curries Fountain stadium on the 8th October 2016, where a workers memorial plague will be unveiled in honour of the many who contributed immensely to workers’ rights.

Issued by WFTU

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Bargaining Exchange Programme, Zambia http://popcru.org.za/bargaining-exchange-programme-zambia/ Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:03:34 +0000 http://popcru.org.za/?p=3364 POPCRU is in discussion with the PSCBC and our counterparts in Zambia to develop a working relationship in sharing good practice in bargaining and dispute resolutions in the security sector. In this regard POPCRU will jointly host a training workshop for Zambia officials and unions in bargaining structures and processes; which must happen by the end of November 2016.

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