24 April 2017

 

Min Wage

 

The call to reject the hard won national minimum wage of R3500 by the new federation launched at the weekend under the leadership of Zwelinzima Vavi can hardly be described as the dawn of a new era for workers in South Africa nor acting in their best interest, the Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has noted.

“As FEDUSA we are only acutely aware that R3500 a month is not a living wage but in a country with one of the highest wage inequalities in the world, this minimum wage will help lift millions of workers who earn far below this amount out of wage poverty,” FEDUSA General Secretary Dennis George said.
Continue reading Rejection of Minimum Wage Not Dawn of an Era – FEDUSA



18 April 2017

 

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The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has objected to the choice of a name for the new labour federation, the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) on the grounds that SAFTU closely resembles FEDUSA’s name. FEDUSA has subsequently instructed its attorneys, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyer Inc., to communicate a letter of demand to SAFTU’s leader Zwelinzima Vavi, to change their name, which has been added to the Register of Federations of Trade Unions by the Minister of Labour Relations, with effect from 23 March 2017, failing which FEDUSA will approach the Labour Court for relief.

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FEDUSA is the largest politically non-aligned trade union federation in South Africa and represents a diverse membership from a variety of sectors in industry.  See www.fedusa.org.za for more information.

 

For interviews please contact:

Frank Nxumalo

FEDUSA Media and Research

Email: research@fedusa.org.za

Cell: 060 676 9145



12 April 2017

 

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The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) is fully behind plans by the United National Transport Union (UNTU), its affiliate in the passenger rail sector to embark on indefinite strike at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa). UNTU’s decision to strike comes after Prasa after refused to increase its final wage offer of 6%.

The Commissioner at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has issued a certificate of non-resolution after Prasa management came back to the conciliation without a new mandate.

“Prasa’s final offer is an insult to its employees. There has been no movement from Prasa management since the start of the salary negotiations in February, when the employer put a 3% salary increase on the table,” says UNTU general Secretary Steve Harris.
Continue reading FEDUSA Supports UNTU’s Plans to Down Tools at Prasa



10 April 2017

 

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Dear Media Colleagues

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) General Secretary Dennis George cordially invites you to a media briefing at NEDLAC House in Rosebank, Johannesburg today to brief you on the outcome of a Special National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) Executive Committee Meeting between leaders of Labour, Community, Business and Government representatives and chaired by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa that has been convened to address the national crisis triggered by President Jacob Zuma’s controversial Cabinet Reshuffle at midnight on Friday, 31 March 2017.

 

This Special Exco Meeting is an initiative of  the three of the four social partners  that met at NEDLAC House last week on the 6 April 2017 focussing how best to address challenges currently facing the country, particularly in the light of the recent credit rating sovereign downgrading by Standard & Poor and potential future downgrades.

 

Details of the Press Conference are outlined below:

 

Date: 11 April 2017

Time: 13:00H

Venue: NEDLAC House, 14A Jellicoe Avenue Rosebank, Johannesburg

 

FEDUSA is the largest politically non-aligned trade union federation in South Africa and represents a diverse membership from a variety of sectors in industry.  See www.fedusa.org.za for more information.

For interviews:

Dennis George

FEDUSA General Secretary

Cell: 0848051529

Email: dennis@fedusa.org.za

 

Issued by

Frank Nxumalo

FEDUSA Media and Research

Email: research@fedusa.org.za

Cell: 060 676 9145



4 April 2017

Nationwide Protest

 

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) will join the nationwide mass protest marches on Friday to demand the resignation of President Jacob Zuma after his controversial Cabinet Reshuffle that saw former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his Deputy, Mcebisi Jonas kicked out of their jobs.

On Monday credit rating agency Standard and Poor (S&P) decided to bring its assessment of South Africa forward by at least six months and downgraded her sovereign rating to junk status or sub-investment grade. This was followed by another rating action later in the day which saw Moody’s put South Africa on a downgrading review until Friday when it is expected to announce a decision similar to the one that has been taken by S&P. A third credit rating agency, Fitch, is widely expected to follow suite shortly afterwards.

A junk status or sub-investment grade sovereign rating makes the cost of borrowing money prohibitively high. In addition, many OECD countries prohibit their financial institutions from buying bonds from jurisdictions that have been slapped with junk status.
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3 April 2017

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Standards and Poor (S&P) has downgraded South Africa to junk  - South Africa Long-Term Foreign Currency Rating was cut To ‘BB+’ based on political and institutional uncertainty, meanly a outlook negative said Dennis George FEDUSA General Secretary.  The downgrading was blamed on the executive changes initiated by President Zuma have put at risk fiscal and growth outcomes.

S&P said the  contingent liabilities to the state are rising, therefore the rating agency has therefore decided lowering our long-term foreign currency sovereign credit rating on the Republic of South Africa to ‘BB+’ from ‘BBB-’ and the long-term local currency rating to ‘BBB-’ from ‘BBB’. Moreover, the negative outlook reflects the view that there is at least one in three probability that budgetary performance, debt levels, and economic growth will deteriorate beyond our current baseline expectations.


Continue reading FEDUSA is Deeply Concerned – STANDARDS and Poor has Downgraded South Africa to Junk



31 March 2017

 

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The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) is deeply disappointed and outraged with the manner in which President Jacob Zuma has handled the Cabinet reshuffle which saw Pravin Gordhan axed from his position as Finance Minister, alongside his Deputy, Mcebisi Jonas. The union federation is calling on President Zuma to resign with immediate effect.

“The timing of the axing of Gordhan and the manner in which it has been done couldn’t have come at a worse time for our country. It is now a matter of public record that Gordhan was abruptly recalled from overseas trip this past weekend where he was leading a top National Treasury to avert a sovereign downgrading to junk status and attract much need foreign direct investment into our economy,” FEDUSA General Secretary Dennis George said.

“The firing of Pravin Gordhan as Finance Minister simply intensifies the notion that the process of total state capture has now been set firmly in motion. The timing was of the media release announcing the Cabinet reshuffle at midnight on Friday essentially serves to highlight the real intent by the presidency. We regret the reshuffle completely as only reaffirms all aspects all aspects of state capture we have been highlighting as FEDUSA since our 6th National Congress in November last year”.


Continue reading FEDUSA Outraged With the Axing of Gordhan and Calls on President Jacob Zuma to Resign Immediately



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27 March 2017

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) General Secretary Dennis George is committed to travelling to London tonight to meet up with Team South which arrived in the British capital this morning at the start of an international road that will proceed to Boston and New York which and is aimed at promoting South Africa as an investor friendly destination and preempting the threat of a sovereign downgrading by the credit rating agencies.

“The General Secretary’s flight is already booked for departure tonight and he looks forward to meeting South Africa’s delegation consisting of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and business leader Jabu Mabuza. Any questions relating to the apparent cancellation of the trip should be referred to the Presidency and National Treasury”.


Continue reading FEDUSA Commits to Travel on International Road



 26 March 2017

Pravin Gordhan & Dennis George

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will be taking the Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA), the Governor of the Reserve Bank and a business delegation to meet with credit rating agencies and investors in London, Boston and New York from Monday to Thursday 30 March 2017.

FEDUSA is the only trade union federation that will be participating in this international roadshows aimed at promoting South Africa as an investor friendly destination and preempting the threat of a sovereign downgrading by the credit rating agencies.

This latest round of international roadshows is a follow-up of similar ones held last year, where Team South, made up of the social partners of government, labour and business were able to convince credit rating agencies and investors that they were working together to tackle structural challenges facing South Africa.

“Engaging credit rating agencies and investors is important for the country to ensure rapid inclusive economic growth and the creation of decent jobs for our people. Investments are critical for any developing country,” said FEDUSA General Secretary Dennis George.


Continue reading Pravin Partners with FEDUSA on International Roadshow



21 March 2017

 

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As democratic South Africa takes a step back to observe Human Rights Day today, the Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) believes that basic human rights still remain a bridge too far for many fellow South Africans and likewise our continental African counterparts who remain trapped in hunger, domestic violence, dread diseases, rural poverty, xenophobic attacks and poverty wages, compared to scandalous executive pay that remain the order of the day amidst these crippling realities.

FEDUSA would therefore like to call on the government and other stakeholders to:

Stabilise the social grants payment system so that 17 million vulnerable South Africans who depend on social grants to put food on the table are not left hungry and destitute, and that never  again should the country ever be subjected to another SASSA and Cash Payment Services type of scandal again; Tighten and intensify the enforcement of legislation that protects women and children against gender based domestic violence and child abuse; Intensify and extend the provision and water and electricity, garbage removal, primary health acre and the roll-out of anti-retroviral drugs to communities that need them.


Continue reading Human Rights Still a Bridge Too Far for Many- FEDUSA



17 March 2017

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The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has welcomed the ruling by the Constitutional Court ordering the extension of the social grants payment contract between Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) and the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) by a further 12 months.

More than 17 million South Africans, mostly elderly and disabled people depend on social grant payments to wade off hunger and extreme suffering. Both Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and President Jacob Zuma have robustly denied that there was any pending crisis threatening to collapse the entire system.

The extension will facilitate a due process of appointing another service provider other than CPS which has been also ordered to report to Sassa every three months over the period.

“SASSA and CPS must ensure payment from April 1 for 12 months on the same terms and conditions as the contract which expires on March 31,” Justice Johann Froneman said on handing down the judgement.


Continue reading FEDUSA Welcomes Constitutional Court Ruling



15 March 2017

Prasa

The threat of a potential strike is looming at embattled Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and could cripple its operations and bring rail passenger transport to a halt across the country if the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) fails to resolve a wage dispute that has been referred to it by the United National Transport Union (UNTU), a Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) affiliate in the rail transport sector.

 

FEDUSA fully supports UNTU’s decision to refer the dispute to the CCMA for conciliation after the latter’s members rejected Prasa’s wage offer increase from 3 % to 4.5 % on condition that UNTU lowers its demands from 20% to 12 %. UNTU is also demanding increases in their medical aid, night shift, book off and standby allowances with effect from 1 April 2017.

 

“We believe that millions of rands that are being wasted on a daily basis on irregular and fruitless expenditure by Prasa management could be used to pay decent salaries and other benefits for UNTU members,” said FEDUSA General Secretary Dennis George.

 
Continue reading Nationwide Strike Looms at Prasa



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