IMATU WELCOMES THE NEW EASTERN CAPE REGIONAL MANAGER

Mr Vusumuzi Churchill Mothapo, known by colleagues and union members has Church, has been appointed as the new Regional Manager for the IMATU Eastern Cape Region.

His appointment took effect from 1 April 2017. He is replacing former Regional Manager, Ms Cathi Botes, who has taken up the position of IMATU eThekwini and KwaZulu Natal Regional Manager.

Church was employed in the capacity of a Senior Labour Relations Officer at the IMATU Johannesburg Branch for 13 years and has more than 20 years experience in the Trade Union environment.

He possesses B.Juris and LLB degrees, as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Labour Law and a Post Graduate Diploma in Corporate Law.

Church’s wealth of experience and institutional knowledge, will ensure that members continue to receive excellent service in the Eastern Cape Region.

IMATU MONITORS RESTRUCTURING IN CAPE TOWN

In September 2016, the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) strongly opposed a restructuring process in the City of Cape Town that would have led to job losses and the depletion of much needed skills. Extensive negotiations between the parties resulted in an agreed way forward and the prevention of job losses.

Following the announcement by the City of Cape Town in March this year that it intended to proceed with the restructuring of its management core, IMATU has actively engaged with the City to ensure that this process did not negatively affect any members.

“Through open engagement with the City, we are happy to report that we have been able to protect the interests of all workers. Phase II of the restructuring involves 1 268 managerial staff. IMATU has concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with the City, ensuring that all affected members who have been categorised as being in ‘major changed’ or ‘abolished’ posts, will retain their jobs, their salary and benefits remain unchanged and we have minimised any other foreseeable impacts that may negatively affect workers,” explained Etienne Bruwer, IMATU Cape Town Regional Manager.

IMATU has received assurances from the City of Cape Town that this is the final phase of restructuring.

“During a restructuring process, uncertainty is generated, leading to a great deal of anxiety amongst members. Through a thorough consultation process with our affected members and committed engagement with the City, we have ensured the best possible outcome”, concluded Bruwer.

IMATU CELEBRATES WORKERS’ DAY

IMATU will be joining both our local and international communities in celebrating Workers’ Day, also known as May Day, today. This day serves both as a celebration of workers’ rights as well as a reminder of the critical role that South African trade unions played in the fight against Apartheid.

IMATU CELEBRATES FREEDOM DAY

IMATU will join together with our fellow South Africans to celebrate Freedom Day on 27 April 2017.

This day is an annual celebration of our country’s first non-racial, democratic elections that took place in 1994, a date which marked the end of over three hundred years of colonialism, segregation and white minority rule. This day is a stark reminder of the years of struggle that eventually resulted in South Africa’s first free and fair elections.

On the eve of this auspicious day, IMATU and its members celebrate freedom and remain committed to deepening democracy.

HAPPY EASTER

IMATU would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Christian members a Happy Easter. We hope that members will be able to take this time to rest and spend time with their family and loved ones.

IMATU ATTENDS THE 3RD PRESIDENTIAL LOCAL GOVERNMENT SUMMIT

IMATU is participating in the 3rd Presidential Local Government Summit in Midrand, from 6-7 April 2017. Our President, Stanley Khoza, will be delivering a message of support this morning.

The purpose of the summit is to continue supporting the Back-to-Basics programme in South African municipalities, as a building block for what the National Development Plan defines as developmental local governance. Summit delegates will also be discussing ways to further strengthen the system of local government in the second phase of the Back-to-Basics programme, with a special focus on spacial equality, building resilient communities and achieving social and economic transformation.

IMATU COMMENTS ON SOUTH AFRICA’S SOVEREIGN CREDIT RATING DOWNGRADE

The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) is deeply concerned by Standard & Poor’s (S&P) decision to downgrade South Africa’s sovereign credit rating yesterday afternoon, following an emergency meeting over the weekend. Fellow global ratings agency Moody’s, announced this morning that it was placing South Africa on review for a downgrade.

S&P reduced South Africa’s credit rating one notch to BB+ from BBB-, placing the country’s bonds in ‘speculative grade’, commonly called “junk status”. In simplistic terms, a ratings downgrade leads to lower access to credit and it costs more for South Africa to borrow the money it needs to finance its social support commitments relating to health, housing and education.

“While IMATU prides itself on focussing on the needs of our members in the local government sector and maintaining a politically independent approach to socio-economic situations, all South Africans will be affected by this change in the country’s investment status. IMATU believes that the downgrade will directly undermine the goals of our National Development Plan, to eradicate poverty, inequality and build a more inclusive economy. Our concerns are rooted in the direct effects a downgrade will have on higher levels of unemployment and increases in the prices of food and fuel,” explained IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.

S&P attributed its decision to fiscal and political instability, stating “the downgrade reflects our view that the divisions in the ANC-led government that have led to changes in the executive leadership, including the Finance Minister, have put policy continuity at risk…This has increased the likelihood that economic growth and fiscal outcomes could suffer.”

“The precarious nature of our present economic outlook and the potential harm that will be experienced by our members, fellow South Africans and, most unfortunately, the vulnerable sectors of our society, necessitates that IMATU becomes involved. We are calling on our Country’s executive to provide decisive leadership, clear policy positions and political stability in a bid to mitigate the damage that has already been done,” concluded Koen.

NATIONAL SHORT TERM RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN (1 March – 30 April 2017)

The first National Short Term Recruitment Campaign of 2017 will take place from 1 March – 30 April 2017.

During this period, Regions will be required to pay recruiters the increased recruitment incentive referred to below for each individual recruited. The campaign will not be limited to recruitment by shop stewards and ordinary members must be encouraged to participate as well.

1. CAMPAIGN
1.1 Date of Campaign
The campaign will run from 1 March – 30 April 2017.

1.2 Target
The target is for each shop steward to recruit a minimum of 5 (five) members during the campaign.

1.3 Recruitment of EPWP, Interns, Apprentices and Other Temporary Workers
Changes to the local government landscape and growing competition for new members has necessitated the recruitment of Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) workers, Contract workers, Interns, Apprentices and other temporary workers, hereafter all referred to as “temporary workers”.

As of 1 January 2017, the recruitment of temporary and/or allied workers will be permitted to count towards a recruiter’s total recruitment figures during the national campaign periods. Therefore, all temporary workers recruited between 1 March – 30 April 2017 will be counted towards a recruiter’s total recruitment figures and possible prize ranking.

Please refer to the SOP: RECRUITMENT OF EPWP, INTERNS, APPRENTICES AND OTHER TEMPORARY WORKERS, to view the guidelines for the recruitment of temporary workers that was circulated on 13 December 2016.

1.4 Metro vs non-Metro Regions
It has been noted by the National Executive Council that recruiters based in Metropolitan areas or large cities have a proximity advantage over recruiters operating in the ‘platteland’ with vast geographical spaces between relatively small municipalities. In order to address this discrepancy, recruiters will be divided into individuals recruiting in a metropolitan area (i.e. City of Joburg, City of Cape Town, eThekwini, Ekurhuleni, City of Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Buffalo City Metro, Mangaung), and non-Metro areas.

1.5 Incentive
For each permanent member recruited, a recruitment incentive of R 200 will be paid to the recruiter by the Region concerned.

In the case of the recruitment of temporary workers, a recruitment incentive of R50 will be paid to the recruiter by the Region concerned.

2. COMPETITION

2.1 Prizes for the five best recruiters
The shop steward/member who recruits the highest, second, third, fourth and fifth highest number of members during the period of the campaign, provided that they have recruited a minimum of 40 (forty) members each, will be awarded the following prizes in both the Metro and non-Metro categories:

Metro Regions Non-Metro Regions
1st Prize: R 8 000 cash prize 1st Prize: R 8 000 cash prize
2nd Prize: R 6 000 cash prize 2nd Prize: R 6 000 cash prize
3rd Prize: R 4 500 cash prize 3rd Prize: R 4 500 cash prize
4th Prize: R 3 500 cash prize 4th Prize: R 3 500 cash prize
5th Prize: R 3 000 cash prize 5th Prize: R 3 000 cash prize

2.2 Lucky draw
There will also be a lucky draw where 20 prizes will be given as follows:

R 2 500 each will be given to five (5) Metro and five (5) non-Metro recruiters who have recruited at least 20 new members each.

R1 500 each will be given to five (5) Metro and five (5) non-Metro recruiters who recruited at least 15 members each.

THANK YOU TO OUR EMS AND DMS MEMBERS

IMATU would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members in the Emergency Management Services (EMS) and Disaster Management Services (DMS) for their dedication and bravery. The recent flash floods in Gauteng and raging fires in the Western Cape are a reminder of the very difficult challenges these workers must operate under. We say thank you for your hard work and continue to hope for your good health and safe return each day.

IMATU COMMENTS ON THE 2017 NATIONAL BUDGET

The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) is pleased to see that the Minister of Finance’s 2017 Budget Speech emphasised the importance of infrastructure development, creating spatial linkages between rural and urban municipalities and the need to create a more equal society.

“In his Parliamentary Address, Minister Gordhan acknowledged the growing pressures facing municipalities from both the rising cost of bulk services and the rapidly growing numbers of households. We agree that support of education, health services and municipal functions in rural areas must remain at the core of Government’s spending programmes. If aspects relating to underspending of infrastructure grants, wasteful expenditure, corruption and inadequate training could be addressed, local government would be on the right track to meaningfully address our Country’s challenges of economic transformation, sustainable development and equal access to basic services,” stated IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.

IMATU is pleased to note the increased emphasis on investing in the improvement of the financial capabilities of municipalities. “We welcome the Minister’s pledge to strengthen financial management in municipalities and agree that ‘if we make progress in local financial management, we will transform the lives of millions of people’. IMATU will support Government’s supply chain management interventions and efforts to improve revenue and asset management. The efficient allocation of resources, cutting of wasteful expenditure and elimination of corruption will directly benefit service delivery,” commented Koen.

South Africa’s economy needs to grow faster and more inclusively. IMATU supports the National Development Plan’s vision of newly developed spatial plans for cities, improved public transport, better procurement and supply chain management and the upgrading of informal settlements.

“Sustainable economic growth and development will only take place once we start to effectively tackle the challenges of unemployment, inequality and poverty. IMATU believes that with effective leadership, correctly channelled resources, the up-skilling of workers and the rooting out of corruption, Local Government can offer a sustainable service delivery model that will assist in the efficient collaboration between local, provincial and national tiers of Government,” concluded Koen.