The provincial executive committee met on the 25th March 2015, received a report and deliberated on the following:
The PEC received the 2015 provincial program and the year planner as approved by the CEC and agreed that it will inform all the activities of the federation for the year moving on.
The PEC approved the congress preparatory teams as presented by the POBs and also adopted the congress theme which is “Deepen national democratic revolution unite amp aance the working class struggle for socialism.”
Re-launching of locals
The PEC received the report on the update on the launching of the locals and agreed that the program must continue and to be completed before the coming provincial congress.
State of the affiliates
The PEC received a detailed report on the state of the affiliates and note that there are challenges which are still facing affiliates which amongst other include:
bull There are rival unions in the mining area and some workers continue to attack members of NUM in the area of Rustenburg.
bull Workers continue to rejoin NUM whiles there is a challenge of intimidation from the rival unions.
bull There are still challenges of the employers who fail to comply with the sectoral determinations, in particular in the security sector.
bull There was confusion created by the statement made during the setsokotsane and the processes of the department on the full-time employment of the EPWP workers that almost all the municipalities are not complying
bull The Department of Health is ill treating workers
The PEC resolved that:
bull There is a need to engage with the unions with regard to the challenges which they are facing in the area in which they are organised.
bull There is a need for affiliates which are organised in one sector to develop a common campaign program and to work together to take the matters of the workers against the employers to the street
bull We must also have a march to government against the exploitation of workers.
bull We must convene an urgent meeting with ANC to discuss the challenges that municipal workers are facing and we condemn the non-payment of workers’ salaries by those municipalities.
bull We must go back to the joint meetings with the MECs and the Premier with the ANC leadership.
bull We must convene meeting of unions clustered on their sectors.
bull We must continue with the completion of the launching of the locals and give those which have passed a new date.
May Day celebration
The PEC received a report that the May Day celebration will be held in Taung sports ground but it will be preceded by the Provincial Shop Stewards Council in Taung which will take place on 17 April 2015. The campaigns committee will take place on 10th April 2015 also in Taung and all workers must be mobilised to attend the May Day as we will be launching our 2016 local government election campaign.
The campaign on the toll gate is continuing and there is progress, as there is support from the alliance which will bring ten cars from each alliance component. The report that the minister has refused to increase the toll fees again in this year was welcomed. The minister will make a final determination in parliament and we have agreed on the reduction to R58, that the discount will be applicable to the areas in which they have been applied for and that there will be no increase for the coming three years. The PEC also welcomed the pronouncement by the premier of the NW and that there must be action on the pronouncement.
Mining recruitment program
We need to revive the campaign on the recruitment in the mines while rival unions are still not active in the province the PEC resolved that the mining program must be back in the next two weeks.
Public hearing for security
The PEC received a report that there were public hearings in the province with regard to the working conditions of the workers in the security sector and it confirms that most of the security companies appointed by government do not comply and workers are exploited the campaigns committee must develop a program that must take all workers in the province on to the street.
The PEC received the report that Labour brokers are still there in many workplaces and they continue to exploit workers by paying them slave wages a program must be developed for the next two weeks as part of our May Day program to expose those labour brokers including those belonging to the politicians.
National minimum wage
The PEC received a report that the matter of the national minimum wage being discussed at NEDLAC. The challenge is that there was no consolidated approach on the minimum wage as each province has made its own submission. The president is expected to make a determination by the end of April.
The PEC resolved to:
bull Do an assessment on the progress of the toll gate since we started the campaign.
bull Request the taxi owners to join the activity.
bull Be at the forefront of leading the campaigns.
bull Continue to campaign for labour brokers to be banned and not regulated.
bull Change the approach on the campaign in particular the labour broker campaign
bull Revive the listing campaign where we must go to the members after every PEC.
bull Monitor the coming election to avoid what happened in 2011.
bull Develop programs to defend the municipalities which we might lose in the coming local government elections.
bull COSATU must develop a pamphlet which tells a good story on the work done by the ANC-led government.
bull Each affiliate must identify the councillors who come from their ranks and report on them.
bull Develop a program with the Department of Labour to deal with the challenges which are facing the workers. Its inspectors must do inspections with the affected workers.
bull Call area meetings in all areas which are near to Taung as build-up activities towards May Day.
bull Do an assessment on the water and electricity campaign and the strikes which are associated with them.
bull Engage the ANC on the matter of the water provision to the communities before the elections.
The alliance secretariat must drive the alliance program and make sure that there is another ten-a-side.
ANC provincial conference
The PEC received a report that the ANC provincial conference went well and we are waiting for the resolutions from the conference and they will be circulated.
State of the municipalities
There are still challenges in the municipalities which are in ICU and there is a need for the POBs to meet with SAMWU to develop a program on the municipalities. The federation will not allow for the workers to lose their jobs we will not celebrate when workers work for a month and then are not paid.
We support the process of the merger of some municipalities include that of Ventersdorp and Tlokwe and name it J B Marks municipality.
Kagisano Molopo will be merged with Naledi and we must propose a name for the municipality. Moses Kotane municipality must also change the name as we support the renaming of the province to Moses Kotane province.
Reburial of J B Marks and Moses Kotane
Both the activities went well. The PEC thanked the ANC-led government and the Russian government for the work that they have done and also thanked the members of COSATU who were part of the activity and were part of the mobilisation for the two activities.
The memorial of Moses Kotane will be turned into a workers’ monument
There were challenges with the some opportunists who wanted to disrupt the activity but they failed from day one.
Bilateral with SACP and SANCO
The bilateral was not able to take place due to the commitment of the alliance in the program of the funerals it must take place to plan for the coming 2016 election.
Meeting with MECs
Affiliates have been given a mandate to meet with the MEC. NEHAWU has raised some challenges with regard to the conduct of some MECs. There is an outstanding meeting with the MEC of CATA which need to be followed up. There is a need for affiliates to give report so that the alliance can engage.
State of the province address
The state of the province address (SOPA) covered a number of issues which COSATU has noted: that some mines have made money available for the provincial government program but they have failed to address the issues of the workers. We have not been able to do an assessment of the SOPA but welcome the work done by the affiliates that have done a SOPA assessment
The PEC then resolved that:
bull The matter of the renaming will taken to the geographic names committee and for public participation and this will include the removal of apartheid symbols.
bull The must be regional alliance meeting and programs in the entire region.
bull All members of COSATU must participate in the ANC subcommittee which they are deployed to.
bull The POBs must finalise the names to the ANC subcommittees
bull The PEC condemned the failure of some municipalities to pay workers salaries on the due date and called on for the alliance to intervene in all municipalities where there are challenges of governance and management.
bull The PEC also condemned that attitude of the Department of Health officials against NEHAWU and DENOSA and the federation will support the program of defending workers against the health department.
We are not well represented in the board and we need to make sure that we have representation. The federation will contest the comrades who have been deployed to the board who have questionable credentials in the struggle.
We are told that the premier wants to dissolve the council and we need to act as this will affect the workers that are employed it cannot be correct that always when there is corruption the government or any entity of government or poor management, poor workers are made the culprits.
The matter has been brought back to the Department of Education as there are challenges with regard to the learner transport we will monitor the program for those poor learners to make sure that proper transport is used to transport learners to schools.
Election of SGBs at School
There is a need for the members of COSATU to participate in the election of the SGBs to make sure that racism at schools is being dealt with.
The PEC resolved that the meeting between the premier and the MEC of public works is very important so that some things are cleared up, even if the premier has cleared some of those during the SOPA. As the federation we must engage on the matter of defending those workers. The previous administration, with some corrupt officials, has created an expectation for those poor workers and it is our primary mandate to defend the rights of workers regardless of their status.
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions