Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the Nedlac National Minimum Wage Internationl Workshop
– June 2015
NEDLAC SUPPORTS NELSON MANDELA DAY
Nedlac joins people around the country, and the world, in supporting Nelson Mandela day. We salute the ethos of Tata Mandela that enjoined each and every one of us to put practical effort into making a difference for the country. This year the Nedlac Secretariat is supporting the initiative of the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation (DWS) in their Clean Rivers Campaign. The staff joined other activists in cleaning up the Juksei River in Alexander.
We are cognisant of the crisis our country faces with water, particularly after the devastating drought we faced last summer. We have therefore committed to continue this campaign with education workshops and information sharing throughout the year.
We were pleased to be part of initiatives to clean up the Juksei River, where many poor people live – and many children play.
Nedlac salutes all the people who took some time out during this month to do practical work to make a difference to our country as part of enhancing the legacy of our first democratic President Nelson Mandela.
Mr Vilakazi has a wide range of experience, having worked in the trade union movement, the private sector and most recently in Government. He has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Wits University and has extensive negotiation, budgeting and business management experience. He brings to Nedlac a dynamic skill set that covers sustainable development strategy, financial expertise and facilitation and conflict resolution. His diverse experience helps him to understand the varying challenges facing labour, business, community and government.Nedlac welcomes its new Executive Director, Madoda Vilakazi, who starts on 1 April 2016.
Mr Vilakazi joins Nedlac at a crucial time in the country’s development. The institution continues to work towards addressing the major challenges of the country which include the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality, but also building investor confidence, stabilising the labour market, and implementing a national minimum wage.
Nedlac is currently preparing for an engagement with National Treasury on some key aspects of the national budget. We are also expecting to receive the Comprehensive Social Security paper later this year which will include discussions on retirement reforms. In addition to this we expect to engage on the NHI White Paper as well as measures to expand access to the UIF.
Nedlac continues its work on the ILO Decent Work Country Programme, strategic engagements with the Minister of Trade and Industry and various research reports in all the chambers. Mr Vilakazi arrives at an exciting and challenging time for the institution, and for the country. We trust his skills and experience will serve to strengthen and guide the organisation to fulfil its role in creating a stronger, better more equitable country for all South Africans.
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NEDLAC PAYS TRIBUTE TO LEON GROBLER
It was with great sadness that Nedlac learnt of the passing of our Labour constituency member, Leon Grobler.
As a former magistrate Leon had a sound understanding of labour relations and legislation in this country. This made him a pivotal negotiator in the Nedlac labour law amendment engagements that took place between 2012-2014. He was also actively involved in the CCMA as a member of the Governing Body.
He served at Nedlac for many years as Fedusa’s Chief Negotiator in the Labour Market Chamber and more recently in the Public Finance and Monetary Policy Chamber. He was also a member of the Demarcation Standing Committee and formed part of the Labour delegation in the Labour Relations and Wage Inequality Technical Task Teams.
Leon was a generous and wise person who made himself available for any Nedlac work required. He was a great support to the secretariat and always had timely, thoughtful, constructive comments whenever he was asked for help.
Leon epitomized the best of what we wish Nedlac to be. He was fully engaged in the policy development process. He had a genuine commitment to ensuring that labour market policy and labour legislation in South Africa served to protect the poor, promote decent work and ensure that workers’ rights are upheld in the workplace.
We at Nedlac feel privileged to have served with him. His contribution to the organization and the country will be sorely missed. On behalf of all the social partners we send our sincere condolences to Leon’s partner and his children, and to all his comrades, colleagues and friends.
A memorial service will be held as follows
Venue: Klipkerk, Mosaȉek Lifestyle Centre
Address: Danielle Street, Fairland, Roodepoort
Time: 10:30 for 11:00
The venue has 250 reserved seats. Please come early to avoid any disappointment.
What is Section 77 – 2 November 2015
A brief explanation of how the Nedlac Section 77 process works
COSATU PROTEST ACTION OF 7 OCTOBER 2015 WILL BE PROTECTED
Cosatu submitted a 1(d) notice to Nedlac on 23 September 2015. This notice advises of their intention to embark on protest action on 7 October 2015.
The Nedlac Section 77 Standing Committee issued a notice on 23 September 2015 advising the matter had been deemed considered.
Cosatu’s 1(d) notice follows the 14 day notification period required by the Act. This means that any workers covered by the Act will be protected should they join Cosatu’s action on 7 October 2015.
NUMSA PROTEST ACTION OF 14 OCTOBER 2015 WILL BE PROTECTED
Numsa submitted a 1(d) notice to Nedlac on 30 September 2015. This notice advises of their intention to embark on action on 14 October 2015 to protest corruption in the country.
The Nedlac Section 77 Standing Committee issued a notice on 25 September 2015 advising the matter had been deemed considered. Numsa’s 1(d) notice follows the 14 day notification period required by the Act. This means that any workers covered by the Act will be protected should they join Numsa’s action on 14 October 2015.
NEDLAC CONSIDERATION OF THE NUMSA SECTION 77 (1) (B) NOTICE IN RESPECT OF CORRUPTION IN SOUTH AFRICA – 25 September 2015
The Nedlac Standing Committee met with Numsa and the respondents (Presidency, National Treasury, Busa) today to consider the Section 77 application on corruption filed by Numsa.
The Respondent said they believed there were a number of matters in place to address the Applicants’ concerns. However, the Applicant felt the issues raised by the Respondent were not new and did not address their concerns.
The Section 77 Standing Committee deliberated on the engagements and concluded that attempts to resolve this matter had been exhausted. The Section 77 Standing Committee reported to the Applicant and Respondent that it regards this notice as having been considered in compliance with Section 77 (1)(c). Should the Applicant wish to issue a 1(d) notice any protest action that takes place 14 days or later from today – 25 September 2015 – will be considered protected.
NEDLAC STATEMENT ON COSATU’S SECTION 77 APPLICATION – 23 September 2015
The Nedlac Standing Committee met this morning to finalise its consideration of the Cosatu Section 77(1)(b) notice on public transport. The Standing Committee agreed that the matter has now been deemed considered.
NEDLAC STATEMENT ON NUMSA’S SECTION 77 APPLICATION – 20 September 2015
Please be advised that Numsa’s Section 77 (1)(b) notice on corruption in South Africa is currently being considered by the Nedlac Section 77 Standing Committee. Further information will be communicated once the Standing Committee has made a determination.
NEDLAC PRESS STATEMENT ON THE MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE OF PRINCIPALS
14 August 2015
The Nedlac social partners met today under the auspices of the Committee of Principals, chaired by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, to receive a report on the work being done by the Wage Inequality Technical Task Team and Labour Relations Technical Task team. Welcoming delegates, Deputy President Ramaphosa said the Committee’s deliberations were taking place “at a time when there is a great deal of discussion in our country and elsewhere about the state of the global economy and the South African economy”.
At the meeting at Nedlac House, Rosebank, Johannesburg, social partners acknowledged the good progress that has been made in both task teams where government, labour, business and community are on continuous deliberation on improving labour relations and reducing wage inequality in the country. Progress in the Wage Inequality Technical Task Team includes an agreement around the definition of a national minimum wage. This definition has now been sent to the legal drafters to be worked into a legal definition.
The Labour Relations Technical Task Team has agreed on the need for a Code of Good Practice on Collective Bargaining and Industrial Action. This Code will cover all phases of industrial disputes including pre-negotiation, negotiation, post-negotiation, dispute, strike and lockout, post-strike and lockout. This Code will be used as a training and information-sharing document and it is expected that the Code will assist to proactively and constructively resolve a dispute prior to strike action and to explore all genuine options to resolve disputes as speedily as possible.
The Committee of Principals committed to speed up the processing of research studies on various features of a national minimum wage system, to prepare for the critical milestone of setting a particular financial level for the national minimum wage.
Deputy President Ramaphosa said he was “pleased that we are dealing with substantive issues whose resolution should make a difference to our labour relations culture and practices”.
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NEDLAC NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE WORKSHOP
20 June 2015
Nedlac convened a workshop on international minimum wage experiences on Saturday 20 June 2015. The workshop was chaired by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and was addressed by experts from Brazil, Malaysia, UK, Germany as well as experts from the International Labour Organisation.
In addition to the above countries experiences were also shared from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Uruguay, China, India, France, Turkey, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco and Cape Verde.
The workshop was attended by leaders of Business, Community, Government and Labour as well as constituency members serving on the Nedlac Wage Inequality Technical Task Team.
The workshop follows President Jacob Zuma’s call at the 2014 State of the Nation Address for the introduction of a national minimum wage in South Africa. The workshop gave an update on progress made in the negotiations, areas of agreement reached and also provided an overview of the wage setting structures in South Africa.
The Deputy President noted that 2015 is the 60 year celebration of the Freedom Charter – which in one of its clauses calls for a National Minimum Wage – and called the engagement “a signal of our determination to address the inequalities that remain in our society”. He pointed out that “for the first time in South Africa there is broad agreement on the need to introduce a national minimum wage. Today is an important step in the process of considering the modalities of a national minimum wage for South Africa”. The Deputy President indicated the importance of understanding the employment effects of the National Minimum Wage in addressing inequality, poverty and unemployment.
The following areas of agreement have been reached at Nedlac through constructive constituency engagement:
Evidence is currently being gathered to inform the discussions, particularly around the impact to business and workers in the context of the challenges of unemployment, inequality and poverty. This workshop forms part of the information-gathering process.
The Deputy President further stated that
“in reaching this point in our deliberation over a national minimum wage, we are reminded again of the importance of social dialogue and the value of an institution like Nedlac”
NEDLAC CONDEMNS VIOLENCE AGAINST FOREIGN NATIONALS
Saturday 18 April 2015
The Nedlac social partners have condemned violence against foreign nationals and committed to convene a social dialogue on factors surrounding violence against foreign nationals. This emerged from a meeting of the Nedlac Labour Relations Committee of Principals, chaired by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, at Nedlac House, Johannesburg, on Saturday 18 April 2015.
The Committee of Principals comprises leaders of Nedlac’s government, business, labour and community sectors tasked with the responsibility of finalising a national framework and modalities for the introduction of a national minimum wage and reducing labour unrest.
Nedlac expressed its concern for the plight of victims of violence. The Committee of Principals called for a deeper understanding of the social and economic factors behind the current situation and said social dialogue could help achieve this.
All constituencies pledged their support to government-led efforts to protect foreign nationals and protect property, and ensure harmony between South African citizens and foreign nationals.
The Nedlac social partners believe a national dialogue on causes and solutions to the socio-economic factors that underpin the recurring violence would give rise to a multi-sectoral response. No matter the grievances cited by those perpetrating the violence, Nedlac believes there is no justification for violence against any individual or community irrespective of their country of origin.
The committee met on Saturday 18 April 2015 to receive updates from two technical task teams that are engaging on wage inequality and labour relations respectively. The meeting received reports on matters of process within the task team to give effect to the mandate given by the Labour Relations Indaba of 4 November 2014.
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NEDLAC PRESS STATEMENT ON THE LABOUR RELATIONS INDABA
21 February 2015
The Nedlac Labour Relations Committee of Principals met today at the organisation’s offices to finalise terms of reference for the labour relations engagement process (attached). These final terms of reference are drawn from proposals drafted by a task team of the constituencies in a series of meetings from 27 January to 17 February 2015.
The Committee of Principals was established at the Labour Relations Indaba of 4 November 2014. The Ekurhuleni Declaration signed at the Indaba includes an agreement that this Committee would be established.
The committee comprises senior leadership of the Nedlac constituencies and guides the labour relations engagement process. The Committee of Principals is chaired by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The Committee approved the establishment of two Nedlac technical task teams that would engage on wage inequality and labour relations respectively. The terms of reference and agenda for this engagement process were also approved.
The Committee will periodically consider detailed, combined progress reports from the technical task teams over the next five months, with the final consolidated report to be submitted to the Committee of Principals in July 2015. A schedule of 15 meetings for the task teams has been agreed, and will commence on 3 March 2015.
The Committee of Principals expressed appreciation for the seriousness and sense of urgency with which the constituencies have approached this important task, and trusts that this spirit of engagement will continue to characterise the negotiations in the months ahead.
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LABOUR RELATIONS ENGAGEMENT
LABOUR RELATIONS INDABA
STRENGTHENING SOCIAL DIALOGUE: TOWARDS TRANSFORMATION OF
THE SOUTH AFRICAN LABOUR RELATIONS ENVIRONMENT
3 November 2014
Nedlac will convene the Labour Relations Indaba on 4 November 2014. The Indaba arises from the State of the Nation Address in June 2014 when the President urged the social partners to address the state of the labour relations environment and in particular to explore issues such as wage inequality and the length and violence recent strikes. The Indaba is convened under the auspices the auspices of Nedlac and will be chaired by the Deputy President.
The Indaba is the beginning of a comprehensive process of engagement to address the underlying challenges in the South African Market guided by the broad theme :
STRENGTHENING SOCIAL DIALOGUE: TOWARDS TRANSFORMATION OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN LABOUR RELATIONS ENVIRONMENT
The Indaba will focus on the following two thematic areas.
– Promoting employment and labour market stability, including the right to strike, protracted strikes;
violence, collective bargaining and the role of the State; employment, vulnerability and social protection
– Towards addressing wage inequality – engaging on a national minimum wage
Given the breadth and complexity of these issues it is recognised that the Indaba will be the launch pad for further engagements. Out of this event a process will be crafted with clear time-lines and terms of reference, and which will be undertaken through Nedlac.
A Committee of Principles has been established, to guide the work arising out of the Indaba. This Committee comprises representatives of each of the social partners and will be chaired by the Deputy President.
The media is invited to attend the opening remarks by the Deputy President which will set the scene for the Indaba. The deliberations after that will be closed to the media. There will be a press conference at 16h00 where the Declaration will be presented and questions can be addressed to the Committee of Principals.