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PosOnderwerp: STAKENDE BOBBEJAANTROP OPPAD OM LAND SE EKONOMIE TE KELDER   Mon May 10, 2010 11:05 pm

DIE GOED IS TE ONNOSEL OM TE BESEF HULLE SNY HULLE EIE KELE AF- MAAR JA- HOE KAN JY VAN 'N WILDE DIER VERWAG OM "MENSLIK " TE REDENEER NE?

Staking bedreig petrolverskaffing


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Johannesburg. – Die staking wat Maandag by Transnet begin het, dreig om die land se brandstofverskaffing te ontwrig, het ’n ontleder gesê.

Die staking kan ook die spoorvervoer van sleutel-kommoditeite soos ystererts en die verskaffing van steenkool aan kragstasies en voertuie ontwrig.

Die vakbond Satawu, wat 39% van die werkmag verteenwoordig, het Maandag met die staking begin nadat Transnet se aangepaste loonaanbod van 11% van die hand gewys is.

Utata het egter nie aan die staking deelgeneem nie en het aanbeveel dat sy lede Transnet se jongste aanbod aanvaar. Dié vakbond verteenwoordig 45% van die werkmag.

Mnr. Ross Bruton, energie-ontleder by Frost & Sullivan, het gesê ontwrigting van die brandstofvoorsiening sal ’n beduidende uitwerking op die beskikbaarheid van die produk op die mark hê.
Hy het gesê dit is moeilik om te bepaal wat die effek van die staking op pypleiding-bedrywighede sal wees aangesien “ons tans nie weet watter gebeurlikheidsplanne Transnet in werking gestel het om ’n onbelemmerde bedryf van die infrastruktuur te verseker nie”.

Transnet bedryf die groot vloeistof-brandstofpypleidings in die land, wat bestaan uit die twee pypleidings van die Durban-hawe na Gauteng.
Bruton het gesê die potensiële ontwrigtings in pyleiding-aktiwiteite hang af van die intensiteit van die staking, hoe lank dit gaan duur asook van Transnet se vermoë om sy bedrywighede te bestuur met beskikbare hulpbronne.

Mnr. John Dludlu, Transnet se woordvoerder, het gesê die maatskappy is bekommerd oor die impak van ’n “verdeelde werkmag” betreffende geweld en intimidasie.
“Transnet raai die vakbond se leierskap aan dat hy verseker dat daar dissipline onder sy lede is en dat hulle hul sal weerhou van geweld en intimidasie teen dié kollegas wat besluit het om te werk,” het Dludlu gesê.

Hy het gesê, in terme van gebeurlikheidsplanne, het Transnet voldoende voorraad en dat hy Sondag bykomende treine laat ry het om sleutel-kommoditeite te vervoer.
Hy het beklemtoon dat die maatskappy se aanbod “billik en vrygewig” is.

Satawu hou vol dat die dispuut nie net oor geld gaan nie.

Die vakbond eis dat die meer as 5 000 werkers, wat tans by Transnet in diens geneem is met jaarlikse kontrakte, moet op ’n permamente basis aangestel word.
“Ons eis ook dat daar onderhandel word oor die formule vir jaarlikse bonusse,” het Satawu gesê. – I-Net Bridge




Staking kan kragverskaffing raak


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Johannesburg. – Verskeie groepe met besigheidsbelange het gewaarsku dat die Transnet-staking ernstige gevolge vir die ekonomie inhou, indien dit voortgaan.

Die vakbonde Satawu en Utatu het gedreig om Maandag met ’n staking te begin oor loondispute met hul werkgewer, Transnet.
Onderbrekings in die vervoer van steenkool na sleutel-kragstasies soos Majuba kan ernstige gevolge vir kragverskaffing inhou, het die Suid-Afrikaanse Kamer van Koophandel en Nywerheid (SAKKN) Donderdag gesê.

Kragonderbrekings sal weer die vervaardiging-, kleinhandel-, mynbou- en ander sektore tref.

Die SAKKN het gesê die verspreiding van brandstof en verskaffing van vliegtuigbrandstof en gebergde brandstof aan lugdienste kan lam gelê word.
Die kamer het ook gesê dit kan Suid-Afrika se reputasie as ’n betroubare handelsvennoot skade aandoen, op ’n tydstip wanneer die aandag op die land gevestig is weens die Wêreldbeker-sokkertoernooi.

Ander negatiewe gevolge kan vertragings met steenkool en ystererts wees asook pendelaarontwrigtings.
Die SAKKN het gesê hy is ernstig bekommerd oor die staking en die betrokke partye aangeraai om so gou as moontlik ooreenstemming te bereik.

Die motorbedryf het ook intussen sy stem dik gemaak oor die risiko’s wat die staking vir die sektor inhou.

Die risiko’s hou grootliks verband met die vertraging in die vervoer van nuwe voertuie van fabrieke na handelaars.
Verdere ontwrigtings sal by Suid-Afrikaanse hawens plaasvind waar ingevoerde komponente en voertuie nie uit die hawens sal kan gaan nie.

Mnr. Dave Powels, president van die nasionale vereniging vir voertuigvervaardigers (Naamsa), het Woensdag gesê die staking sal erge skade aanrig.
“’n Staking sal die aanmekaarsit-aanlegte binne ’n paar dae laat sluit, met ’n massiewe rimpeleffek deur die hele voertuig-waardeketting,” het Powels gesê.

Voertuigverkope in Mei of Junie sal geraak word indien vervoerontwrigtings lei tot voorraadtekorte by handelaars,” het mnr. Jacques Brent, vise-president van bemarking en diens by Ford.

Brent beraam dat 10 000 minder eenhede in Mei verkoop kan word in vergelyking met April indien die staking voortgaan. – Fin24.com



Transnet staal hom vir verlammende staking


Mei 07 2010 09:49 Jan de Lange Druk hierdie artikel | Stuur artikel via e-pos

Johannesburg. - Onderhandelaars van Transnet en die vervoerreus se twee vakbonde, Satawu en Utatu, het gisteraand “informeel” vergader om die eerste staking te keer waar dié vakbonde saamstaan.

Die twee vakbonde het gisteroggend saam ’n stakingskennisgewing aan Transnet se bestuur oorhandig: Hulle begin Maandagoggend een minuut ná middernag staak.
Algemene spoorvrag, die strategiese Sishen-Saldanha-ysterertslyn en die steenkoollyne van Ermelo na Richardsbaai sal tot stilstand kom. Transnet het ook gistermiddag die Bloutrein se ritte tussen Pretoria en Kaapstad gekanselleer wat Maandag en Woensdag sou vertrek.
Die staking gaan waarskynlik ook hawebedrywighede in Durban en Kaapstad tot stilstand bring.

Die vakbonde eis verhogings van 15%, maar Transnet steek vas by ’n loonaanbod van 8%. Die groot verskil tussen die lone van werkers en bestuurslede is volgens die twee vakbonde ’n deurslaggewende kwessie waaroor werkers omgekrap is.

“Die laags besoldigde werker in Transnet sal 121 jaar moet werk voordat hy die jaarlikse salaris van waarnemende uitvoerende hoof verdien,” het Satawu in ’n verklaring gesê.

Nog ’n deurslaggewende verskil tussen die partye is die groot getal kontrakwerkers wat Transnet weier om permanent aan te stel.

“Ons weet van sowat 5?000 kontrakwerkers, maar het pas weer op ’n groep van 30 afgekom wat in die haweterminusse werk en deur Kelly aangestel is. Een van hulle werk al 17 jaar daar,” het me. Jane
Barrett, navorsingshoof van Satawu, gister gesê.

Transnet het aangebied om 850 kontrakwerkers permanent aan te stel, maar die vakbonde eis dat almal permanente poste moet kry.

Mnr. Pradeep Maharaj, uitvoerende hoof mensehulpbronne van Transnet, sê die eise van die vakbonde sal Transnet se loonrekening met sowat R935?miljoen per jaar opjaag.

Die enigste manier om dit te bekostig, is om Transnet se tariewe te verhoog, of op sy kapitaalbesteding terug te sny of om arbeid te besnoei. Transnet sien nie vir een
daarvan kans nie, het hy gesê.

Dit sal die eerste keer wees dat al die erkende vakbonde in Transnet saamstem om te staak. Die twee vakbonde verteenwoordig sowat 85% van Transnet se 44?000 werkers.

Utatu, wat meestal treindrywers en tegnici as lede het, het ook ’n samewerkingsooreenkoms met Sarwhu, ’n vakbond wat nie erken word nie, maar sowat 5% van die werkmag as lede het
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PosOnderwerp: Re: STAKENDE BOBBEJAANTROP OPPAD OM LAND SE EKONOMIE TE KELDER   Tue May 11, 2010 8:04 pm

...EN SIENER SE VOORSPELLINGS BEGIN STADIG-AAN WATER DRA.


Nog 'n unie begin amptelik staak
2010-05-11 12:05



Utatu woordvoerder, Chris de Vos, het by 'n unie-vergadering in Johannesburg aangekondig dat Utatu amptelik by die staking aangesluit het.

Daar word dus verwag dat alle vervoer van goedere en brandstof deur Transnet teen vanaand heeltemal tot stilstand sal ruk.

Bykans 90 persent van Transnet se werkmag sal nié more by die werk wees nie.

Honderde Satawu-lede,wat van gister af staak, het vandag by die Tafelbaaise hawe vergader en 'n optog na parlement gehou waar 'n memorandum van eise oorhandig is.

Die polisie is ontplooi maar Die Burger se verslagspan berig dat die optog vreedsaam verloop het.

Werkers eis 'n 15 persent salarisverhoging, terwyl die maatskappy elf persent aanbied.

Die vakbonde hou voet by stuk dat die staking sal voortgaan en staan by hul eis van 15 persent.

Hulle het die elf persent aanbod as "bedrieglik" bestempel.
Daar word verwag dat werkers wat nie aan vakbonde behoort nie, ook by die staking gaan aansluit.


http://www.dieburger.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Nog-n-unie-begin-amptelik-staak-20100511
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PosOnderwerp: Re: STAKENDE BOBBEJAANTROP OPPAD OM LAND SE EKONOMIE TE KELDER   Thu May 13, 2010 11:07 pm

....EN DIT GAAN NET ERGER...



"Nóg 'n vervoerstaking kom
2010-05-13 09:46



Johannesburg – Die SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) beplan om Donderdag die Suid-Afrikaanse Passasierspooragentskap (Prasa) amptelik in kennis te stel van 'n staking binne die volgende 48 uur.

"Daar is geen poging deur die bestuur aangewend om met Satawu byeen te kom nie,” het die vakbond in ‘n verklaring gesê.

Die Kommissie vir Versoening, Bemiddeling en Arbitrasie (CCMA) het Donderdag ‘n sertifikaat uitgestuur wat toon dat geen oplossing nog bereik is nie.

"Satawu eis ‘n algehele 16% ... Satawu sal op 13 Mei ‘n kennisgewing van 'n staking teen Prasa oorhandig om hulle in kennis te stel dat ons met ‘n wettige en beskermde staking sal voortgaan.”

Die staking deur lede van Satawu en die United Transport and Allied Trade Union (Utatu) het Maandag reeds teen Transnet afgeskop.

Satawu het gesê Utatu sal ook by dié staking aansluit.

Transnet- en Metrorail-dienste is vandeesweek by tye ontwrig, maar Satawu het gesê ‘n staking teen Prasa gaan Metrorail se dienste nou hewig ontwrig.

Prasa-operateurs sluit in Metrorail, Shosholoza Meyl en Autopax-busdienste.

Sowat twee miljoen pendelaars maak daagliks gebruik van Metrorail se dienste.

Transnet funksioneer in vyf verskillende afdelings, naamlik die vervoer van vragte via spoorweë, spoorweë -ingenieurswese , hawens, hawe-doeane en pyplyne.


-Sapa
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PosOnderwerp: Re: STAKENDE BOBBEJAANTROP OPPAD OM LAND SE EKONOMIE TE KELDER   Thu May 13, 2010 11:12 pm

...EN ERGER....


Transnet strike (SATAWU) grows bigger with Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) joining
Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 12:15

Cape Town, South Africa - The Transnet strike by the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) just got bigger with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) joining in the strike action.

Prasa will strike from Monday, this coming Monday they too will down their tools and join a crippling strike that already crippled the country's ports.

When Prasa joins it will cripple the country's train services causing as many as two million people to be stuck without transport. While Transnet workers want a 15% increase Transnet is only offering 11% but Prasa wants a 16% increase in wages.

The reason why so many people might be without transport from Monday on is because Metrorail will be affected.

Prasa operators consists out of Metrorail, Autopax and Shosholoza
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PosOnderwerp: Re: STAKENDE BOBBEJAANTROP OPPAD OM LAND SE EKONOMIE TE KELDER   Thu May 13, 2010 11:14 pm

Transnet strike could lead to disaster
Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 09:34

Cape Town, South Africa - Durban and Cape Town workers that's not part of the Unions described how the ports were left as is and Transnet workers went on strike, they also say that the ports have been dead still for 3 days now and that it is one of the worst Transnet strikes they have seen.

Some ships were being unloaded and have since been left standing half unloaded since Monday, some ships that were supposed to drop their loads and some "things" meant for South Africa just passed the ports with everything in it and heading to their next destination.

This means that for the past 4 days the country's "coming in and going out" of supplies is not doing any "coming in and going out". Fears of fuel shortage are already causing some petrol stations to see some longer lines. Fears of food shortage might soon cause the shelves to go empty although we have not seen any of that yet.

There is a "rule" or saying that we are all 9 meals away from anarchy, maybe South Africa will see if that really is the case if things are going they way they are going right now according some.

Companies are seeing massive losses due to produce that does not make it to their destinations. Although the Transnet strike caused "fuel shortage fear" we've only seen petrol stations in Johannesburg without petrol.

The fuel train that got sabotaged yesterday carried 10 000 liters of fuel, it is said that Transnet workers took the rails apart and cause the train to derail.

http://fromtheold.com/news/transnet-strike-could-lead-disaster-2010051318113.html

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PosOnderwerp: CWU STRIKERS ON BANDWAGON   Thu May 13, 2010 11:43 pm

CWU to join city strike
May 13, 2010 10:41 PM | By Staff reporter
The Communication Workers' Union will join members of Satawu in a strike in central Johannesburg today to demand the banning of labour brokers and the release of the KPMG r
Spokesman Aubrey Tshabalala said yesterday about 4000 CWU members would march to Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane's office to hand over a memorandum asking her to intervene "in the banning of labour brokers".

"We will then hand a memorandum to Vodacom representatives, asking them to release the KPMG report that looked into allegations of nepotism against former CEO Alan Knott-Craig," said Tshabalala. He said his union would join the strike by the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union, which is demanding a 15% wage increase from Transnet

http://www.timeslive.co.za/business/article449263.ece/CWU-to-join-city-strik
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PosOnderwerp: SA BLACK WORKERS- LAZY SLOBS WANT MORE PAY   Thu May 13, 2010 11:48 pm

Transnet translated: Our lazy slob workers don't know how good they have it

Transnet and the unions representing most of its workers are knee-deep in negotiations to avert a strike scheduled to start on Monday. But the position the company presented on Thursday makes that seem more as if it’ll be a going-through-the-motions than actual talks. Just a tactic, hopefully.

Employees, by way of their unions, say Transnet treats them so poorly that they are spitting mad, and willing to do real harm to their own income and the economy to improve their working conditions. Transnet, on the other hand on Thursday, implied that those employees need to worry more about working harder in order to deserve all the money being lavished upon them.

"While salaries have outstripped inflation, productivity has declined, and that is the real challenge of this business," Transnet human resources group executive Pradeed Maharaj said, standing in front of a slide that showed wage increases 10% above the consumer price index in recent years, while productivity has slightly declined during the same period.

Employees, who have seen a massacre in their ranks through retrenchments over the past decade, will likely be astonished to hear that they are doing less work for more pay. But Maharaj insists the numbers don't lie, and are based on a like-to-like comparison that excludes business such as South African Airways - no longer part of Transnet.

Transnet also seems to blame its employees for the high levels of overtime pay it shells out every year. Challenged on the percentage of overtime to regular pay, Maharaj said it was due to an entrenched culture in Transnet, with employees reckoning overtime into their take-home pay. He stopped just short of saying they manipulate the system to receive their expected level of pay.

By Maharaj's numbers, Transnet employees aren't badly off. Those involved in negotiations, he said, earn an average salary of R135,000 a year, which equates to just more than R10,000 a month plus a 13th cheque. And, though that includes all allowances, medical aid and pension contributions, it does not count overtime and incentive payments.

So Transnet finds itself between a rock and a hard place, according to its management. It can pay these unproductive employees even more, but that would mean reducing capital expenditure on much-needed infrastructure, or raising freight tariffs, which would make local businesses globally uncompetitive. Or, you know, those uppity unions could just get a little more realistic.

If this is a true reflection of Transnet management's thinking (and not a hardball negotiation tactic), the strike will almost certainly go ahead on Monday morning. Then it becomes a question of duration.

Transnet says it has contingency plans in place and will be able to continue operating at reduced levels on critical freight train lines, though it won't identify those critical ones. It seems to be anticipating a violent strike, or at least some attacks on its infrastructure – which gels with the anger the unions report.

How far apart are the two sides? Transnet says that it has put a "double-digit percentage increase" on the table, which we're guessing is around 60% of what the unions are demanding. The two groups don't work based on the same numbers; unions say they want a 15% increase in wages across the board. Transnet says demands equate to an increase of 18.9% in its wage bill, once you factor in allowances and such.

The unions, on the other hand, say Transnet has still only formally offered 8% across the board and that this double-digit offer is news to them. That doesn't bode well. And though we have to infer a fatalistic attitude on the part of Transnet, the same isn't true for the unions.

"I think it is inevitable," said SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) chief negotiator, Jane Barrett, when asked whether the industrial action will go ahead. "People are ready for it, and in a sense the train has already left the station."

By Phillip de Wet

http://www.thedailymaverick.co.za/article/2010-05-06-transnet-translated-our-lazy-slob-workers-dont-know-how-good-they-have-it
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PosOnderwerp: Re: STAKENDE BOBBEJAANTROP OPPAD OM LAND SE EKONOMIE TE KELDER   Fri May 14, 2010 10:51 pm

Transnet cancels Blue Train because of Transnet strike
Friday, May 7, 2010 - 09:28

Transnet cancelled the Blue Train that was scheduled to travel from Pretoria to Cape Town on Monday due to the coming Transnet strike that kicks off on Monday. The Transnet strike is said to be one of the biggest strikes South Africa has seen and also referred to the "mother of all strikes" by the Trade Unions.



Transnet Freight Rail has cancelled The Blue Train which was scheduled to travel from Pretoria to Cape Town on Monday 10 May 2010 as well as the return leg which would have left Cape Town on Wednesday 12 May 2010. This decision was taken in light of the intended industrial action that Transnet will face on Monday.
The company has not yet received official notification of a strike by its recognised Trade Unions but as a precautionary measure, should such action materialise, it was decided to cancel the service to allow passengers to make alternative arrangements and avoid disappointment.
“Transnet Freight Rail sincerely regrets any inconvenience that this may cause to our valued customers but it is done with their best interest in mind”, said TFR Acting CE, Tau Morwe.
Passengers who were booked on this trip are urged to contact The Blue Train office on 012-3348459 or their travel agent/operator for more information.
For over half a century South Africa’s Blue Train has enjoyed an international reputation as one of the world’s pre-eminent luxury rail- cruise experiences. Traversing South Africa’s varied landscapes the train combines all the comfort and luxury of a five-star hotel with a globally unparalleled journey.

http://fromtheold.com/news/transnet-cancels-blue-train-because-transnet-strike-2010050718045.html[
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PosOnderwerp: Re: STAKENDE BOBBEJAANTROP OPPAD OM LAND SE EKONOMIE TE KELDER   Fri May 21, 2010 6:13 pm

Staking gaan voort
Mei 21 2010 15:47

Johannesburg. – Satawu het Transnet se loonaanbod van 11% van die hand gewys en gaan ander sektore vir ’n solidariteitstaking mobiliseer, het mnr. Ezrom Mabyana, president van die vakbond, Vrydag gesê.

“Met ander woorde aluta continua, hulle sal voortgaan om te staak.”

Dit sal padvrag-, sekuriteit- en ander sektors raak.

Dit neem sewe dae om vir toestemming aansoek te doen vir ’n solidariteitstaking.

Satawu stem nie saam met Utatu om die 11% te aanvaar en gaan veg vir 13%. Slegs Satawu se Limpopo-takke wou die aanbod aanvaar.

Mabyana het gesê daar is aan hom gesê dat Utatu Vrydag 'n ooreenkoms met Transnet geteken het.

Die Transnet-staking het 10 Mei begin. – Sapa


'Staking kan tot 2 weke duur'

Mei 14 2010 07:45 Jan de Lange

Johannesburg. - Die staking by Transnet kan tot twee weke duur, het ’n uitvoerende bestuurslid die vervoerreus se kliënte gewaarsku terwyl ’n versoeningsproses deur die Kommissie vir Versoening, Bemiddeling en Arbitrasie (KVBA) gistermiddag begin het.

Mnr. Mark Gregg-Macdonald, uitvoerende hoof: handels- en vragkorridors van Transnet, sê in ’n brief wat gister aan Transnet-kliënte versprei is die staking, wat ná ’n week op brandstoftekorte kan uitloop, kan tot twee weke duur.

Mnr. Abdul Soobedaar, senior kommissaris van die KVBA wat verlede jaar ’n kernrol gespeel het om arbeidsvrede in die sekuriteitsbedryf te verseker tydens aanstaande maand se Wêreldbeker-sokkertoernooi, het gisteroggend eers met Transnet se bestuur in die Carlton-sentrum in Johannesburg vergader en daarna met verteenwoordigers van die twee vakbonde by Satawu se kantoor in die middestad.

Transnet se bestuur wil nie met Satawu onderhandel voordat dié vakbond onderneem om sy lede in bedwang te bring en geweldpleging te beëindig nie.

Vyftien lokomotiewe wat naby Witbank gesaboteer is en nog ’n lokomotief wat in Kimberley aan die brand gesteek is, asook verskeie voorvalle aan aanranding, is as voorbeeld genoem.

Satawu moet vandag dié onderneming gee nadat hy sy lede geraadpleeg het. Dié vakbond en Utatu hou vanoggend ’n protesoptog van Mary Fitzgeraldplein in Johannesburg na Inyanda-huis, die nuwe hoofkantoor van Transnet-Spoorvrag in Parktown.

Die versoeningsvergadering hervat daarna.

Die staking het reeds hawens en die land se mees strategiese treinvrag-roetes erg ontwrig.

Die grootste bekommernis is die toestand van die pypleidingsnetwerk van Durban na Gauteng vir die vervoer van ruolie en verwerkte olieprodukte en die versending van brandstof na Gauteng.

Die staking is uiters doeltreffend in Durban, maar Transnet slaag nogtans daarin om groot hoeveelhede brandstof na Gauteng te pomp, hoewel dit heelwat minder as die normale brandstof-vloei is.

By Tarlton, noordwes van Johannesburg, waarvandaan brandstof vir uitvoer na Botswana versprei word, het bedrywighede die afgelope twee dae heeltemal tot stilstand gekom.

Botswana het egter voorraad opgegaar ter voorbereiding vir die Wêreldbeker-sokkertoernooi, wat nou gebruik word.

By die Alrode-depot in Germiston, waarvandaan brandstof met tenkwaens versend word na die bergingsgeriewe van Caltex, Engen en Shell, word ’n paar tydelike werkers gebruik om die brandstof te versprei. By die Waltloo-depot in Pretoria en die Klerksdorp-depot word egter geen versendings gedoen nie.

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PosOnderwerp: Re: STAKENDE BOBBEJAANTROP OPPAD OM LAND SE EKONOMIE TE KELDER   Fri May 21, 2010 6:17 pm

Utatu sien rooi
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Johannesburg. – Utatu het gesê onderhandelinge met Transnet het “erg versuur” nadat die vakbond ingelig is dat hy nie ’n loonaanbod Donderdag kan teken tot Satawu
sy posisie oor die aanbod aangedui het nie.

“Wat ons gedink het kan goeie nuus vir Suid-Afrika wees, het nou gestop. Dit is moeilik om te verstaan hoekom bestuur weier om met ons te vergader as ons reg is om die ooreenkoms te teken,” het mnr. Chris de Vos, Utatu se sekretaris-generaal, gesê.

“Ons het regdeur die nag gewerk om ’n mandaat te kry. Ons het gesê dat minstens die helfte van die werkmag kon môre terugkeer werk toe en ons kon begin om die agterstand uit te wis.”

Hy het gesê die Kommissie vir Versoening, Bemiddeling en Arbitrasie (KVBA) het aan hulle gesê om vir Satawu te wag om te bepaal wat sy lede dink oor die nuwe aanbod.

’n Beplande vergadering Donderdag tussen vakbonde en Transnet oor ’n moontlike ooreenkoms is hergeskeduleer vir 13:00 Vrydag om Satawu meer tyd te gee, het mnr.
John Dludlu, Transnet-woordvoerder, gesê.

De Vos het gesê hulle was teleurgesteld met die boodskap wat hulle van die KVBA ontvang het.

Dit beteken ook dat die vakbond-lede nóg ’n dag se betaling verloor.
Dludlu het gesê hy kan nie kommentaar lewer oor De Vos se bewering nie aangesien daar ooreengekom is dat daar niks meer gesê sal word tot Vrydag nie. – Sapa

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PosOnderwerp: Re: STAKENDE BOBBEJAANTROP OPPAD OM LAND SE EKONOMIE TE KELDER   Sat May 22, 2010 6:53 pm

Cosatu plans more strikes
MATUMA LETSOALO | JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - May 21 2010 15:12


Trade union federation Cosatu is planning fresh strike action, particularly within the public sector, to put pressure on President Jacob Zuma's government to tackle the growing economic inequalities in the country.

As workers at Transnet and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) prepared to reach pay settlements with employers on Thursday, Cosatu's public sector unions were contemplating declaring a wage dispute on Friday. That would see more than 500 000 government employees downing tools in the next few weeks.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini told the Mail & Guardian this week the federation would announce a date for its planned strike action against Eskom's high electricity tariffs after its central executive committee [CEC] meeting next week.

And the National Union of Mine Workers (NUM) said this week its Eskom members would embark on strike action from Wednesday to force the parastatal to address all outstanding agreements, including housing allowances, reached during last year's wage negotiations.

NUM is demanding an 18% wage increase for Eskom workers this year but has insisted that the power utility should settle last year's wage agreement first.
The planned strike actions by Cosatu and its affiliates are likely to deepen tensions between the labour federation and the ANC. The party's secretary general, Gwede Mantashe, has questioned the motive behind labour's high wage demands at Transnet.

Mantashe told delegates attending NUM's central committee meeting last week that he did not understand why Cosatu transport union Satuwu decided to strike despite Transnet's offer of an 11% wage increase. His remarks angered Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, who pointed out that the 15% wage increase demanded by Satawu was nothing compared with executive salary increases.

With the public sector wage negotiations due to resume on Thursday, employer and employee representatives appear far from any settlement: labour is demanding an 11% increase backdated to April 1 and the government is offering 5,2% effective from July 1.

Popcru's chief negotiator Simon Madini said the government has already told labour it cannot afford the union's demand, which would add R27-billion to its wage bill.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan warned during his budget speech earlier this year that because of the decline in tax revenues in recent years the government could not afford the high wage increases demanded by unions. But Dlamini said the unions' wage demands are justified because of workers' declining living standards in the past six years. "The finance minister's comments are very dangerous.


"They undermine collective bargaining and are undemocratic ... We thought we had buried the culture of being dictated to by treasury since Trevor Manuel [left as] finance minister. Gordhan cannot perpetuate that culture and the treasury must stop acting like a super ministry."

Dlamini said Cosatu would launch a Living Wage Campaign in the next two weeks to put pressure on the government and the private sector to better ordinary workers' salaries. "We are no longer going to allow a situation where senior government officials and company CEOs earn way more than ordinary workers," he said.

NUM general secretary Frans Baleni said his union would go all out to reduce the salary gap between workers and the employers. "It cannot be that when chief executives get salary increases, we do not look at the CPI, but do so when workers demand salary increases."

Cosatu is planning to apply greater pressure on Zuma's government to shift economic policy in line with the ANC's Polokwane resolutions. The federation has criticised Zuma for failing to move with speed to make changes to the current macroeconomic policies since he took over as the country's president. Cosatu will release its growth path document after the CEC next week, which is likely to propose steps that the government needs to follow to ensure a successful implementation of the industrial policy.

"The depressing picture painted by joblessness and poverty is among the reasons why labour and the manufacturing sector have joined hands to support the momentum towards an industrial strategy aimed at increasing productivity and restoring the labour-intensive nature of our economy," Vavi said.

He said the government under Zuma's leadership has not inspired confidence in the battle against crass materialism and corruption. "Some ministers are driving around with cars worth over R1-million, allowed by the handbook they are moving too slowly to change."

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PosOnderwerp: Re: STAKENDE BOBBEJAANTROP OPPAD OM LAND SE EKONOMIE TE KELDER   Sat May 22, 2010 7:05 pm

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PosOnderwerp: Re: STAKENDE BOBBEJAANTROP OPPAD OM LAND SE EKONOMIE TE KELDER   Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:07 am

NUM wants Eskom strike, pronto

The National Union of Mineworkers says it has started the legal wheels turning and plans to launch a strike against Eskom soon, as no resolution could be reached around housing allowances. That could mean a strike at the utility well before the end of the World Cup, and given the size of the union it is unlikely that full electricity provision would be maintained in such an eventuality.

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PosOnderwerp: Re: STAKENDE BOBBEJAANTROP OPPAD OM LAND SE EKONOMIE TE KELDER   Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:12 am

Pretoria Dischem Pharmacy torched
23 June 2010 - 14:10
By Mia Lindeque



Dischem employees allegedly sabotaged the Faerie Glen store in Hans Strydom Road last night after weeks of picketing for higher wages.

"It was deliberate - nothing was stolen and nothing was taken," says Johan Ochse, Dischem's group Human Resource manager. "The union has said that they will enhance their strike action and I think that is part of their way - that they unlawfully trying to force the company into bargaining with them."

Ochse said they were forced to close the shop due to the fire. "There are a lot of people that are served by that store and they have nowhere to go now. And we are talking about 183 employees that will now have to lose their jobs."

Ochse says the estimated damage is about R 20 million. "We got a court order that prohibits the union members from unlawfully striking or not adhering to the picketing rules."

Customers are advised to go to other Dischem branches or phone the helpline at 0800 201170. "We have a delivery service from our other stores to deliver any chronic or other prescription medicine to customers' homes," Ochse assured customers.

The police could not be reached for comment.



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PosOnderwerp: Re: STAKENDE BOBBEJAANTROP OPPAD OM LAND SE EKONOMIE TE KELDER   Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:47 pm

YEA...SO WE CAN EXPECT- EITHER ANOTHER MOERSE ELECTRICITY TARIFF HIKE....OR A TOTAL BLACK-OUT....WHICH-EVER IS THE WORST EH? THAT IS USELESSCOM'S WAY OF DOING THINGS!

Eskom unions wait on revised wage offer

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA Jun 28 2010 13:48



Unions were hoping on Monday that Eskom would present a new wage offer, an official said.

"We have given Eskom until tomorrow [Tuesday] to come back to us with a revised offer," said National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) spokesperson Castro Ngobese.

The electricity parastatal and its three unions -- Numsa, the National Union of Mineworkers and Solidarity -- have made little progress in attempts to resolve failed wage talks in the past few days.

Eskom referred the matter to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) for compulsory arbitration after talks did not produce a deal on Thursday night.

The unions were demanding a 9% increase and housing allowance of R2 500 per month, revised downwards from a 15% increase and a R4 000 housing allowance.

Eskom's offer on Thursday included an 8% increase and a housing subsidy of R500 for all workers.

Alternatively, it offered an 8% increase and a top-up housing subsidy of R800.

This meant those currently receiving a subsidy of more than R800 would not get any increase on the subsidy, but those without subsidies would now get R800.

Eskom has been declared an essential service so there is no provision for protected industrial action.


However, Ngobese said the unions' members were ready to strike if they were not happy with Eskom's feedback on Tuesday.

"Our members have wanted to strike all along," he said.

Ngobese said this would mean 27 500 of Eskom's 30 000 workforce would not report for work. -- Sapa


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PosOnderwerp: Re: STAKENDE BOBBEJAANTROP OPPAD OM LAND SE EKONOMIE TE KELDER   Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:36 pm

Shanduka workers go on strike

Workers at four of Shanduka's coal operations - Springlake, Leeufontein, Graspan Colliery and Townlands - downed tools on Monday. The main demand of the striking workers, who are affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers, is that Shanduka "centralise its bargaining so that conditions of service can be harmonised". Shanduka is owned by Cyril Ramaphosa, a former chief of NUM, and no slouch at negotiating himself, so the workers might not win this one.



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PosOnderwerp: Re: STAKENDE BOBBEJAANTROP OPPAD OM LAND SE EKONOMIE TE KELDER   Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:39 pm

NO WONDER AFRICA IS STILL WHAT IT WAS BEFORE THE WHITE CAME AND TRIED TO DEVELOP THESE SAVAGES....ONE SLIMEY UP-TP-NO-GOOD DARK CONTINENT.

ALL THESE PRIMATES ARE CAPABLE OF-IS:

1. SPAWN-
2. STEAL-
3. SLAUGHTER-
4. SEX-
5. SLEEP-
6. STRIKE.



Govt workers threaten strike within two weeks
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA Jul 05 2010 11:38



Unions representing 1,3-million government workers are threatening to strike within two weeks, but the planned action is unlikely to disrupt the Soccer World Cup, which heads for its final on Sunday.

The state employees are the latest workers to threaten industrial action that could have disrupted the world's largest sporting event staged for the first time on African soil, embarrassing President Jacob Zuma and his government. But the unions said on Monday it may take two weeks to mobilise the workers and they still hoped for a resolution to the dispute.

"We are left with no other option but to consider the most severe option to us, which is strike action," said John Malukele, chief negotiator for the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

Fourteen unions affiliated to the powerful Cosatu have threatened to strike.

"It can be within two weeks, all depends on when we can get a mandate from the five teacher unions that will return to school on July 13," Malukele said.

The unions said the workers, including nurses, police officers, teachers and other government officials such as immigration staff, turned down a 6,5% wage raise.

They are demanding an above-inflation salary increase of 8,5% and a doubling of housing allowances to R1 000 a month.

Labour unions have used the World Cup to bargain for higher wages, which analysts warn could in the long run ruin the country's ability to attract investment and create jobs as it recovers from recession.

In a separate dispute, South African unions on Sunday dropped a threat to strike at Eskom this week after receiving a higher wage offer, ending concerns about electricity supplies during the tournament. -- Reuters


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PosOnderwerp: Re: STAKENDE BOBBEJAANTROP OPPAD OM LAND SE EKONOMIE TE KELDER   Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:18 pm


Massive govt strike looms
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Pretoria - Unions representing 1.3 million government workers have threatened to strike within two weeks - but any stoppage was unlikely to disrupt the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which ends on Sunday.

A number of groups have threatened industrial action during the soccer tournament and any disruption would embarrass President Jacob Zuma and his government.

But the unions representing workers including nurses, police officers, teachers, immigration staff and other government officials said on Monday they may take two weeks to mobilise members and still hoped for a resolution.

"We are left with no other option but to consider the most severe option to us, which is strike action," said John Malukele, chief negotiator for trade federation Cosatu.

Labour unions have used the World Cup to bargain for higher wages, which analysts warn could in the long run harm the country's ability to attract investment and create jobs as it recovers from its first recession in 17 years.

"The long-term negative will be on higher inflation; salary costs will have to absorbed and will be given to the consumer at some stage," said KADD Capital economist Elize Kruger .

Fourteen unions affiliated with Cosatu and Independent Labour Caucus were seeking wage increases of 8.5%, about double the inflation rate, and a doubling of housing allowances to R1 000 a month.

The unions said the workers turned down a 6.5% wage rise offered by the government.

At the weekend unionised workers at state-owned power utility Eskom agreed a deal to raise wages by 9% and won a R1 500 per month housing allowance, averting a strike that could have cut power during the sports spectacle..

Union leaders said they will push members to accept the deal formally later this week.

"We believe they should be able to accept it because you can't get any better offer than that and this should be done probably by Wednesday or Thursday," said National Union of Mineworkers (Num) spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka.

Impact of Eskom strike

Dave Mohr, analyst at Citadel, said the wage increase could hurt plans to expand Eskom's power infrastructure and would raise its overall costs, despite being granted an average 25% tariff rise for the next three years.

"Dishing out that kind of wage increase reduces the capacity of Eskom to use the 25% increase to fund the new investments," Mohr said.

Carmen Altenkirch, analyst at Nedbank, said the wage deals by Eskom and other public enterprises - including logistics group Transnet - could thump South Africa's recovery from the recession.

"It could also result in rising inflation, if productivity does not increase. This would exert upward pressure on interest rates and have negative implications for long-term growth," Altenkirch said.

Separately, hundreds of workers at Shanduka Coal's mining operations in South Africa on Monday downed tools demanding that the company centralise its bargaining, the Num said.

- Reuters


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PosOnderwerp: NUM wants end to wage dispute with Impala   Wed Jul 07, 2010 7:06 pm



Reuters Published: 2010/07/06 03:51:58 PM

A miner the Impala Platinum mine in Rustenburg. A union at the world’s second-biggest platinum producer, Impala Platinum said today it will stick to its 15% pay rise demand in mediation talks next week but wants a quick end to the dispute. (PICTURE: THE TIMES)



The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) at the world’s second-biggest platinum producer, Impala Platinum said today it will stick to its 15% pay rise demand in mediation talks next week but wants a quick end to the dispute.

NUM, representing 24000 out of Implats ’ more than 30000 workers, said it would not accept a 7,2% wage rise offer by the platinum producer, after talks for improved wages ended in a deadlock three weeks ago before the matter was referred to mediation.

“The (mediation) is the last option before we consider a strike, but that’s not where we want to go, we want to achieve an agreement. Impala must move up because our demand remains at 15% (pay rise),” NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka told Reuters.

“We would like to see a resolution quickly.”

Impala spokesman Bob Gilmour declined to comment.

Impala, the supplier of a quarter of the world’s platinum, said it lost 50000 ounces during a pay strike at its mines in South Africa last year.

The workers, who had been holding out for a 14% raise, then accepted Implats’ 10% pay increase.

South Africa produces four-fifths of the world’s platinum — mostly used in making catalytic converters to cut pollutants from car exhausts, and in jewellery
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PosOnderwerp: Re: STAKENDE BOBBEJAANTROP OPPAD OM LAND SE EKONOMIE TE KELDER   Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:06 pm

Cosatu beplan om te staak
2010-07-29 00:51


Johannesburg – Vakbonde van publieke dienste wat by die vakverbond Cosatu geaffilieer is, het Woensdag besluit om oor salarisse te staak.

“Die vakbonde het vandag (Woensdag) vergader en ons het tot ‘n gevolgtrekking gekom om te staak,” het Fikile Majola, hoofsekretaris van die National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu), tydens ‘n perskonferensie in Johannesburg gesê.

Dié vakbonde, wat 56% van die 1,3 miljoen werknemers van die publieke sektor verteenwoordig, sluit die volgende in: die SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu), die Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA, die Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union, die SA National Defence Union, die SA Medical Association, die SA State and Allied Workers Union en die Public and Allied Workers Union of SA.

Die vakbonde het die regering se aanbod van ‘n 6.5% verhoging van salarisse verwerp.

Hulle dring op ‘n verhoging van 8.6% aan asook ‘n R1 000 huissubsidie.

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PosOnderwerp: Re: STAKENDE BOBBEJAANTROP OPPAD OM LAND SE EKONOMIE TE KELDER   Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:09 pm

Public Service strike going ahead - PSA
Public Servants Association
28 July 2010

Union says its 200,000 members will be downing tools from midnight

More than 200 000 members of the Public Servants Association (PSA) will down tools from midnight tonight in pursuance of their salary and benefit demands.

Public servants demand a 8.6% salary increase, a housing subsidy of R1 000 and medical aid subsidy parity with effect from 1 April 2010, whilst Government is only offering a 6.5%-salary increase and R620 housing subsidy with effect from 1 July 2010.

"The fact that Government's offer to its core public sector employees is so much less than the settlement rates in other public sector institutions and entities infuriated our members, who face the same economic realities than their colleagues in these sectors, with the reality that the real inflation on their expenses that gulps up more than 90% of their disposable income, is not close to CPI, for instance electricity, food, fuel, clothing and healthcare," said Koos Kruger, Provincial Manager for the PSA in Cape Town.

According to the, this situation informed their demands which are regarded as reasonable and fair in the circumstances.

"Public servants in all sectors will be participating in the strike except for our members in essential services on whom we call to act responsibly and to obey the law. We do, however, foresee major disruptions to key services especially immigration services at airports and other ports of entry, deeds offices and non-court services at the Department of Justice where the PSA represents the majority of employees", said Kruger.

The PSA plans country-wide mass actions, including a mass-protest march to Parliament in Cape Town in 29 July 2010, where a memorandum of demands will be handed to a Government representative.

Whilst calling on labour unity from all unions in convincing the employer to meet the demands, Kruger said: "We trust that public servants will show the same resolve they had in 2007, when we claimed a major victory with our country-wide strike."

Statement issued by the Public Servants Association, July 28 2010


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PosOnderwerp: Re: STAKENDE BOBBEJAANTROP OPPAD OM LAND SE EKONOMIE TE KELDER   Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:58 pm

Students torch campus for warm shower
August 01 2010 at 11:43AM



By Moloko Moloto

The strike at the University of Limpopo's Turfloop campus, in which scores of students were arrested, not only cost the institution R1.5 million in damages.

Indeed, even more damaging could be allegations that the university has become a new turf for tender wars, implicating senior politicians in the province.

On Monday night, 169 students were arrested on campus on charges of public violence and damaging property. Before the mass arrest, eight others, mainly members of the Student Representative Council (SRC), were arrested for contempt of court. Students went on a rampage damaging two properties and two boom gates. One of the damaged properties was an office at the Health Centre, which was set on fire.

Central to their demand was extra accommodation on campus, warm water in the residences and that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) cover all their expenses.

As those arrested remained behind bars, on Tuesday night others back on campus set a lecture hall on fire. No one was arrested for the Tuesday attack.

SRC president Khanyi Nkosi promised to help in the investigations. "There is no way we can be held responsible for the burning and destruction of anything. When all these started, we (SRC members) were already behind bars," said Nkosi. He and his group were arrested on Sunday for allegedly convening an illegal mass meeting and inciting violence.

But while the masses joined in the strike to fight for what they felt they deserved, others believed that the contest for tenders and the upcoming SRC elections were the underlying causes of the protest.

A student leader, who wanted to remain anonymous, said some SRC leaders were stirring violence to serve the interests of "their political masters".

The students themselves, according to university management, were not eligible to contest for any tender or contract. As a result, the student leader said, if the tenders were given to their political superiors, in return they got to benefit indirectly.

Recently the university advertised a multimillion-rand security tender. And already some highly placed politicians have reportedly shown an interest. University spokesman Kgalema Mohuba has confirmed that the tender was up for grabs, but denied there was a link between it and the students' protest. He believed the protest was linked to the upcoming SRC election.

"The incumbent could be repositioning for re-election because there are elections in September," said Mohuba. However, he said investigations would be completed by Friday, and that other students could still face internal charges.

The South African Student Congress (Sasco), which is at the helm of the SRC at Turfloop, has now been dissolved.


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PosOnderwerp: What comes next in South African public sector strike?    Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:59 pm


August 2, 2010


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Thousands of South African public service employees seeking higher wages have rejected a government salary offer, setting the stage for nearly 1 million workers to walk off the job this week.

Government clerks and immigration officers from the 200 000-strong Public Servants Association, whose members went on strike last week, returned to work on Monday but were expecting to walk out again later this week.

The government has set a Wednesday deadline for workers in various public sector unions to sign a wage deal, hoping to head off a massive walkout from as early as Thursday by about 900 000 public sector employees.

The following scenarios look at what may come next in the dispute that could threaten commerce and swell the budget in Africa's largest economy:

GOVERNMENT BENDS TO UNIONS' DEMANDS

* Precedent of workers at state-owned firms getting wage increases of more than 8 percent, around double the country's inflation rate, bodes well for public sector workers receiving pay hikes close to their demand of 8.6 percent.

* Ruling African National Congress' (ANC) goal to cut a deficit of 6.7 percent of GDP will come under pressure due to the need to assuage long-time union allies who feel they are owed favours after helping Jacob Zuma ascend to the presidency.

* The government said its "final offer" was a 6.5 percent wage raise and 630 rand ($85) a month as a housing allowance. The unions are seeking 1 000 rand for housing. Analysts see the government deadline as a negotiating ploy and not steadfast.

UNIONS TRY BRINKMANSHIP

* Organised labour will force the government's hand by escalating the strike in the coming days. The first stage with PSA members last week was small, with little economic impact.


* More PSA members and other unions will likely walk off the job in coming days if the government does not bend.

* Public service unions in the country's largest labour umbrella group COSATU, which claims 2 million affiliated members, join the fray later this week to increase pressure by having about 900 000 workers down tools.

* COSATU set August 10 as a day of "national marches", which may serve as de facto deal deadline before a walkout that could encompass nearly 1 million public sector workers.

FULL SCALE STRIKE

* Analysts expect a deal to be reached before the threatened mass strike but union anger has been brewing against Zuma and the ANC for not pushing policies that benefit workers.

* Unions may try to gain the upper hand politically with an all-out strike that would tarnish Zuma as he heads into a crucial ANC policy-setting meeting in September.

* If they had not already given in to demands, Zuma and his government would quickly surrender to the pressure of a full-scale strike and keep any such labour short.

BUDGET WOES

* The government will have greater difficulty trimming its yawning budget deficit due to its high wage bill, already a third of total spending.

* Zuma's ANC has little room to cut spending or risk alienating loyal voters by failing to deliver on promises of electricity, running water and quality education to the country's legions of poor.

* State borrowing could rise, making it more costly to finance debt and worrying ratings agencies. - Reuters

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PosOnderwerp: Re: STAKENDE BOBBEJAANTROP OPPAD OM LAND SE EKONOMIE TE KELDER   Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:25 am

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Johannesburg - South African officials and public sector unions failed on Wednesday to reach a wage deal to head off a strike by nearly one million civil servants that could cripple commerce in the continent's largest economy.

The government and unions decided to adjourn talks a few hours ahead of the deadline set by the public services minister with neither side budging from their positions, union officials said. They expect to meet again on Thursday.

The bulk of the unions have threatened to strike next week but analysts believe a deal will be reached to avert a mass labour action that could be the biggest civil servants' strike since a work stoppage three years ago that slammed the economy.

"There was no deal reached," said Manie De Clerq, spokesperson for Public Servants Association union, whose members downed tools last week.

The unions want a raise of 8.6%, more than double the inflation rate, and a housing allowance of R1 000. The government has offered a 6.5% wage increase and a monthly housing allowance of R630.

Those who have threatened to strike include customs and immigration officers, police, healthcare workers and teachers.

Analysts say the ruling African National Congress (ANC), which has a long-standing alliance with organised labour, is likely to bend to union demands.

It does not want to see a long halt in public services, which could dent support ahead of national elections early next year for almost all local government posts.

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PosOnderwerp: Re: STAKENDE BOBBEJAANTROP OPPAD OM LAND SE EKONOMIE TE KELDER   Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:22 pm

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Pretoria – “Don’t force us to go on a proper strike, because the government will lose that fight.”

Richard Baloyi, minister of civil service and administration, was given this message on Tuesday when he received a memorandum in Pretoria.

Thousands of dissatisfied civil servants braved icy temperatures on Tuesday morning and packed the lawns of the Union buildings.

The government was given “a last two days” to comply with civil service unions’ demands.

Unions are demanding, among other things, an 8.6% salary increase and an increased housing subsidy of R1 000, back-dated from April 1.

The government is kicking in its heels at 7% and a housing subsidy of R630.

A sea of red marched on the Union buildings in Vermeulen Street on Tuesday, disrupting traffic in the CBD.

Members of civil servants’ unions in the Cosatu stable and the independent labour caucus (ILC) participated in the march.

Chilly reception

Officials – young and old from all across the civil service spectrum – supported the stay-away action.

Cosatu said it thinks government “got the message” and hopes the decision makers will now stop their stubbornness.

Baloyi was given a chilly reception and was jeered throughout his speech which he kept short.

He gave protesters the assurance that the memorandum will “get the necessary attention it deserves”.

Union leaders and the government were set for further negotiations on Tuesday night, but the meeting was postponed until Thursday night at the eleventh hour.

Chris Klopper, chair of the ILC and chief executive of the South African Teachers Union (Satu), says they don’t expect a much better offer from government.

Service delivery

“We hope to have finality by the end of the week.”

Dumisani Nkwamba, the minister’s spokesperson, said on Tuesday afternoon that the department is still trying to determine to what extent service delivery has been impacted.

The department of home affairs said in a statement the strike has had a very slight impact on its activities.

Ronnie Mamoepa, spokesperson for this department, said only four out of 380 offices country-wide were forced to close their doors due to a lack of staff.

The officials have to report for work again on Wednesday. Unions could make a decision by the end of the week regarding an indefinite strike.

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Unions-say-government-will-lose-20100810

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