South Africa High Resolution Vote Concept state capture (2)

19 February 2017

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) is dismayed that former Eskom Chief Executive Officer who was linked to the controversial Gupta family in former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture Report has been nominated to be sworn in as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the North West Province.

In the State of Capture Report, Madonsela revealed that Molefe and Ajay Gupta, the eldest of the Gupta brothers exchanged 58 telephone conversations between August 2015 and March 2016. Cellphone records secured by Madonsela also located Molefe at or near the Guptas’ Saxonwold, Johannesburg, compound 19 times between August 5 and November 17, 2015.

The allusion to an improper relationship between Molefe and the Guptas also link him to the manipulation of an Optima mine coal supply agreement that saw the power utility silently awarding a R564 million contract to Tegeta, a company owned by the Gupta Family and President Zuma’s son Duduzane.

Although the allegations contained in the Report are yet to be tested in a court of law, FEDUSA believes that they make Molefe a highly compromised individual who should be cleared before being appointed to such a constitutionally important institution as Parliament.


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8 February 2017

 

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The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) calls on President Zuma to use his 2017 State of the Nation (SONA) on Thursday evening to underscore the need for stronger collaboration between the government, business and labour as a precondition for achieving higher inclusive economic growth for our country and creating thousands of jobs for the unemployed among us, especially the youth.

FEDUSA believes that as social partners, the leaders of government, business and labour should work towards promoting and strengthening tolerance and understanding between their respective constituencies.

Moreover, it is the collective responsibility of these leaders, to implement without any further delays, shared economic growth strategies that have been agreed between them at NEDLAC, often after long and complex negotiations, in order to address the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality that the country faces.

Broadly, our government needs to ensure policy certainty and clarity, and a regulatory environment that does not make it cumbersome for companies to make profits, create jobs and hire new people. For its part businesses should work tirelessly to raise capital for investments from domestic markets, to drive higher inclusive growth and employment creation.


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26 January 2017

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The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has welcomed the Labour Appeal Court’s dismissal of Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant’s appeal, online with costs, in the matter involving the Registrar of Labour Relations, Mr Johan Crouse, hailed FEDUSA General Secretary, Dennis George.

About two years ago, Oliphant revoked the designation of Mr Crouse as Registrar for proceeding with the formal publishing by way of gazetted notice, his intention to cancel the registration of Ceppwawu, for failing to comply with the statutory provisions of the Labour Relations Act that includes the following:

“Failure to prepare and submit audited financial statements to the Registrar for a period of about five years; (ii) CEPPWAWU’s failure to hold meetings in compliance with the provisions of its constitution; (iii) CEPPWAWU’s failure to keep records of its income, expenditure, assets and liabilities since 2010; (iv) the internal conflict and strife amongst CEPPWAWU’s elected office-bearers; (v) the concerns raised by some of its members concerning CEPPWAWU’s management of funds in excess of R4 billion; and (vi) the failure (caused in turn by the strife between its office-bearers) of CEPPWAWU to keep to a plan so as to ensure that it complied with the LRA and became viable”


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23 January 2017

 

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The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) will leave no stone unturned in lobbying sister federations COSATU and NACTU at the Annual National Economic Development and  Labour Council (NEDLAC) School to embrace worker unity and cooperation with Business and Government as the best strategy of creating decent jobs for all in a tough economic environment. FEDUSA’s approach and stance dovetails with the theme of this year’s Labour School theme of titled: “Decent Job Creation”. #DecentJobCreation2017

 

The School which started in Pretoria last night will be officially opened by NEDLAC Director Madoda Vilakazi this morning followed by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant before lunch break, and by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel in the afternoon focus of achieving higher inclusive economic and employment creation.

 
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19 January 2017

 

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The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has written a letter to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi asking him to intervene urgently in the severe safety crisis facing members of the Health & Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA), price an affiliate of the union federation, recipe in the Western Cape.

FEDUSA’s concern follows a spate of shocking attacks on HOPERSA ambulance drivers and emergency medical personnel which escalated during 2016, recipe and intensified during the festive season in the region. It is scandalous that more than 100 cases have been documented during 2016 alone, protested FEDUSA President Godfrey Selematsela.

HOSPERSA’s provincial leadership has reported that Western Cape EMS has seen a total of seven attacks on ambulances during the festive season. One of the attacks was an incident where EMS members were robbed of their cellphones by two armed males while attending to a patient in Mandela Park, Khayelitsha.

FEDUSA blatantly and unreservedly objects to the consequent process that now subjects Hospersa members to disciplinary action, when they choose to stand down and not face the onslaught of putting their lives in danger by responding to these calls. Moreover, more than fifty employees are receiving post – traumatic stress treatment after being attacked, added Selematsela.

“To add insult to injury, staff are expected to pay for the treatment out of their own pockets. Accordingly, the reason for the department’s non-payment is that such injuries are not covered by the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA), said Selematsela.


Continue reading FEDUSA Urges Motsoaledi to Act Decisively to Avoid a National EMS Crisis



16 January 2017

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The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has a lodged a Section 77 Protest Action Notice under the Labour Relations Act with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) to protest against the government’s failure to appoint competent, accountable, responsive and responsible management at most of State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) such as the South African Airways (SAA), power utility Eskom, communication giant Telkom, military electronics company Denel and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

 

These SOEs employ members of major FEDUSA affiliates such as Airlines Pilots Association – South Africa (ALPSA –SA) and UASA – The Union, among others. FEDUSA’s protest action, which will employ a range of strategies such as stayaways, go-slows, work to rule, rolling mass action, intermittent work stoppages, complete cessation of work, organised protest action refusal to perform overtime and/or Sunday work and refusal to work on public holidays, will be specifically targeted at those individuals who serve on the executive management of these parastatals, on their Boards of Directors and those that serve on Board Sub-Committees such as Finance, Audit and Procurement Committees.


Continue reading FEDUSA Files Section 77 Notice



11 January 2017

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Labour will be part of Team South Africa who will attend the World Economic Forum 2017 (WEF2017) which starts on Tuesday next week in Geneva, Switzerland, under the theme Responsive and Responsible Leadership. The theme for WEF2017 is based on the realization that large segments of society throughout the world are increasingly unhappy with the status quo as they feel left out of the benefits of economic development and social progress said FEDUSA General Secretary Dennis George.

 

Their global situation will only become more uncertain with the onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its impact on future employment. Responsive and Responsible Leadership therefore entails a deeper commitment to inclusive development and equitable growth, both nationally and globally,” the WEF says on its website. Labour’s mission to WEF 2017 is an integral part of Team South Africa, the tripartite collective made up of NEDLAC’s social partners of Business, Government and Labour, ongoing efforts of achieving higher inclusive economic growth and job creation for the country by continuously meeting with international investors and rating agencies.

 
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5 January 2017

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has welcomed the marked increase in the overall pass rate for candidates who wrote the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations from 70.4 percent in 2015 to 76.2 percent in 2016. This figure excludes repeaters or those leaners who had either failed Grade 11 twice or were over-aged but were allowed to progress to Grade 12. Such learners are also known as progressed learners.

“However, store with the progressed learners included, mind the 2016 NSC overall pass rate stands at 72.5%, which represents 442 672 candidates who have passed, the second largest in history.  Well done to the Class of 2016,” Basic Education Minister Angie Motshega said.

“The number of learners qualifying for admission to Bachelor studies is 162 374; the number passes with a Diploma is 179 619; the number of passes with Higher Certificates is 100 486; and the number of passes with NSC is 68.


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23 December 2016

 

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has welcomed the Gauteng High Court decision to award R450 000 to former South African Airways (SAA) pilot, Senior Captain John Harty, in defamation damages. The entire ordeal was simply distasteful and unbecoming of the national carrier in its inconspicuous silence and unsupportive manner towards Senior Captain Harty who served the airline with distinction, alongside the integral role he played as Chairperson of the FEDUSA – affiliated Airline Pilots Association of South Africa (ALPA – SA), said FEDUSA General Secretary, Dennis George.   
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