JOHANNESBURG CBD FIRE UPDATE: IMATU SADDENED BY NEWS OF FIRE FIGHTER DEATHS

IMATU is deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of another two firefighters involved in fighting the fire at a government building in the Johannesburg CBD today. A total of 3 fire fighters have lost their lives in the line of duty and a number of others have been hospitalised.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the families, friends and co-workers of the fire fighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. Our thoughts are with all of those still currently fighting the blaze.

IMATU is closely monitoring the unfolding events and will be able to comment further once feedback has been received from our members on the ground.

IMATU SADDENED BY NEWS OF FIRE FIGHTER DEATH

IMATU is gravely saddened by the news that a firefighter has fallen to his death while trying to extinguish a fire at a government building in the Johannesburg CBD. We understand some firefighters are trapped on the top floor while others are still trying to extinguish the fire.

IMATU is currently reaching out to its members for more information and will continue to closely monitor the unfolding situation. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family, friends and co-workers of the firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty. Our thoughts are with all of those currently fighting the blaze and any individuals affected by today’s fire.

Today is a stark reminder of the dangers faced by our emergency services personnel on a daily basis. We thanks them for their continued service.

LABOUR RELATIONS TRAINING

Continuous staff training and development is part of IMATU’s commitment to render excellent service to our members. This week Regional Managers and Labour Relations Officers will be attending training in evidence and trial advocacy for disciplinary hearings and trials.

Former Judge and Senior Council Ismail Hussain will lead this three day course, equipping attendees with the skills to better analyse, evaluate and present evidence as well as cross examine witnesses.

This training is endorsed by the Law Society of South Africa and will ensure IMATU staff are able to continue representing members in the same professional and knowledgeable way as before.

IMATU is working together for you.

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IMATU ATTENDS SIGNING CEREMONY

agreementOur President, Mr Stanley Khoza, will be attending the Salary and Wage Collective Agreement Signing Ceremony today. The multi-year Agreement will be in effect from 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2021.

The Signing Ceremony will be followed by a joint media briefing.

Date: Thursday, 23 August 2018
Time: 11h00
Venue: The President Hotel, 1 Union Ave, Bloemfontein Central, Bloemfontein, 9301

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UPDATE ON WAGE NEGOTIATIONS 2018/2019 (UPDATE 13/2018)

salaryThe Salary and Wage Collective Agreement was signed today by all parties to the SALGBC. The Agreement takes effect on 1 July 2018, therefore all increases must be backdated accordingly.

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UPDATE ON WAGE NEGOTIATIONS 2018/2019 (UPDATE 10/2018)

salaryThe arbitrator in IMATU’s wage interest arbitration, Mr Pat Stone, issued his arbitration award today.

Please note that the arbitrator has ruled in IMATU’s favour.

In terms of this ruling, the facilitator’s proposal must be implemented with the following amendment:

The additional 0,5% increase, for employees earning R9000.00 or less, shall take effect on 1 October 2018.

Effectively, it means that for the current financial year (2018-2019):

• All employees shall receive a salary increase of 7%.
• Employees earning R9000.00 or less shall receive an additional increase of 0.5% from 1 October 2018.
• The minimum wage, housing allowance and maximum medical aid employer contribution must also increase by 7%.

The facilitator’s proposal takes effect on 1 July 2018, this means that all increases must be backdated to 1 July 2018.

Please note that although it is indicated that the award is binding on essential services employees only, this is merely a technicality as all parties have already agreed to convert the facilitator’s proposal into a collective agreement that will cover all employees in the sector.

The national office has already forwarded a draft collective agreement to the other parties in order to commence the process for concluding the collective agreement. A copy of the arbitration outcome can be viewed by following this link http://www.imatu.co.za/wp-content/uploads/outcome_of_arbitration-hq061807-imatu_vs_salgasamwu.pdf

Members will be updated once the collective agreement is finalised.

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UPDATE ON WAGE NEGOTIATIONS 2018/2019 (UPDATE 9/2018)

salaryThe arbitration of IMATU’s dispute, before Mr Pat Stone, was concluded yesterday.

Prior to the commencement of the arbitration, the parties held a pre-arbitration conference in order to agree on the facts and determine the terms of reference and powers of the arbitrator.

During the pre-arbitration discussions, an opportunity emerged for the two trade unions to consolidate their approaches and present a joint position to the arbitrator. This would require IMATU to make a slight amendment to its position namely that the additional 0,5% for low income earners (earning less than R9 000.00) be implemented with effect from 1 October 2018, instead of 1 January 2019 as contained in the facilitator’s proposal.

It was therefore decided to present such a joint trade union position to the arbitrator.

The parties to the dispute also agreed to limit the powers of the arbitrator. The arbitrator may choose only one of the following two positions:

• SALGA’s position: That the facilitator’s proposal be implemented as it currently stands; or

• Trade Unions’ position: That the facilitator’s proposal be implemented, provided that the additional 0.5% salary increase for low income earners take effect on 1 October 2018.

This effectively means that the arbitrator cannot award anything less than the facilitator’s proposal.

IMATU requested the arbitrator to deliver an award on an expedited basis, due to the urgency of the matter. The arbitrator indicated that he will endeavour to issue his award by no later than 31 July 2018.

Members will be updated once the arbitration award has been received.

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IMATU CELEBRATES MANDELA DAY

nelson-mandelaThe Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) will be joining fellow South Africans in celebrating Mandela Day tomorrow.

“Each year we are reminded of the 67 years of his life that the late Nelson Mandela gave fighting for the rights of humanity, equality, justice and democracy all South Africans enjoy today. We are pleased, especially on the eve of the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, to be one of many organisations and individuals donating 67 minutes of our time or resources to make a difference in the lives of others. As a union representing local government employees throughout South Africa, we take pride in contributing towards positive change within our local communities,” explained IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.

The IMATU National Office will be assisting in the building of a permanent classroom for the foundation phase learners at the Kaalfontein Primary School in Midrand.

Staff from the Gauteng Region will visit and make donations to the Villa Lethemba Home that caters for children with special needs in Kempton Park.

As part of their Mandela Day activities, the Mangaung Branch from the Free State Region, will be assisting with the planting of trees and plants to create a park in the Botshabelo area. Members from the Moqhaka Branch are cleaning the Phekolong Hospice Centre at the Old Voortrekker Hospital in Kroonstad.

Shop Stewards and members of the Matlosana Branch in the North West and the Hantam Branch in the Northern Cape will participate in clean-up projects in and around their municipal buildings.

As part of their Mandela Day efforts this year, the Johannesburg Region will be donating soccer balls to children in their surrounding community.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Branch Committee will be visiting the Gelvan Park Frail Care Centre and donating fresh produce and food products to the staff and residents.

The Tshwane Region will be assisting with multiple improvements at the Tshwaranang Children’s Home in Pretoria, followed by lunch for the staff and children.

In the spirit of Mandela Day, the Cape Town Metro Region made a considerable donation to the Fikelela Children’s Home in Khayelitsha and the Western Cape Region will be donating blankets to a shelter in Paarl as well as providing sanitary ware to a local old age home.

Shop Stewards and staff from the eThekwini Region will be painting classrooms, landscaping and providing lunch for the children at the Jabulani Nursery and Pre-primary School.

The KwaZulu Natal Region organised and sponsored netball clothing and a trophy for the Kokstad Municipality’s Mandela Day sports tournament. The four sponsored primary schools include Kokstad Primary School, Horse Shoe Primary School, Franklin Primary School, Nomzamo Primary School. This event involves as many children as possible and promotes unity through participation in sporting activities.

“The annual birthday of our former President Nelson Mandela has come to represent a day in which we remember what he in his individual capacity has done for our country and what we in turn can do for each other. IMATU is a proud supporter of Mandela Day,” concluded Koen.

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UPDATE ON WAGE NEGOTIATIONS 2018/2019 (UPDATE 8/2018)

salaryThe conciliation of IMATU’s dispute was concluded yesterday. The matter remains unresolved and a certificate of non-resolution was issued.

IMATU subsequently referred the matter for interest arbitration.

The SALGBC had set down the matter for arbitration on 23 July 2018.

By agreement, Mr Pat Stone has been appointed as the arbitrator.

Regions will be updated as the matter progresses.

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IMATU REFERS SALARY AND WAGE DISPUTE FOR ARBITRATION

salaryIndependent Municipal and Allied Trade Union’s (IMATU) dispute on the deadlock in the salary and wage negotiations, which was previously referred for conciliation, was concluded today. The matter remains unresolved and a certificate of non-resolution was issued. As a result, IMATU has referred the matter for interest arbitration.

The Conciliator indicated that while it was clear that the disputing parties are largely in agreement on the implementation of the Facilitator’s Proposal, it is essential that all parties must agree before the matter can be settled.

The dispute was declared by IMATU after the salary and wage negotiations deadlocked earlier this month. IMATU requested in its dispute referral that the Facilitator’s Proposal be implemented.

The key aspects of the Facilitator’s Proposal are;

• Three year wage agreement.
• Salary increases of 7% (Year 1), CPI plus 1.5% (Year 2), CPI plus 1.25% (Year 3).
• Housing Allowance, Maximum medical aid subsidy and minimum wage to increase by same percentages as salary increase for all three years.
• A R350.00 non-pensionable allowance for gap market employees that also increases by same percentages as salary increase for all three years.

“Continual increases in the cost of living, inflationary pressures and a sluggish economy have necessitated that we negotiate the best outcome for our members. The proposed multi-year salary and wage agreement would ensure that local government employees receive above inflationary increases over the next three years,” stated IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.