IMATU joins its members in recognising the important role workers played in the struggle to end Apartheid and the work they continue to do today to fight for equality, dignity and safety in the workplace.
Our union continues to fight for progressive legislation and conditions of service that will empower and equip our members and create a sustainable local government through social transformation.
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The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) is very concerned about the knock on effects the latest fuel price increase will have on its members and fellow South Africans. From 1 May 2019, the price of petrol will increase by 54 cents a litre, diesel will increase by 1c and illuminating paraffin will cost 3 cents more.
“This will be the fourth consecutive fuel price hike this year. Rising fuel prices directly push up fuel transport costs and the price of goods, placing further burden on already cash-strapped and indebted consumers,” explained IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.
IMATU has previously cited domestic policy uncertainty, poor implementation and unemployment as the significant factors affecting South Africa’s economic growth.
“Earlier this year we appealed to the Monetary Policy Committee to lower interest rates in a bid to increase disposable income, promote growth through enhanced household spending capacity and mitigate against continuously increasing living costs. This latest increase may prove the last straw for workers, who are expected to make do with increasingly less,” stated Koen.
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Our thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences go out to all those affected by the devastating floods in KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape this week.
A special thank you is also extended to our members involved in emergency and relief efforts on the ground. The dedication and sacrifice you act out on a daily basis is appreciated and make such a difference in the lives of the people you assist.
IMATU will continue to monitor the unfolding situation and receive feedback from our Regional Structures as to how and where we can assist.
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The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade (IMATU) is dismayed
to learn of an altercation between protesters and police that landed some IMATU
members in hospital and others needing treatment for shock.
“Members from our Matlosana Branch reported a very
disturbing incident that took place at the municipal offices this morning. From
what we understand protesters stormed the building just before 9am. Municipal
employees realised that something was wrong when scuffles broke out between
protesters and security guards inside the building. The violence intensified
when the police arrived on the scene shortly thereafter. I believe rubber
bullets were fired and because protesters had breached the building’s security some
of our members were caught up in the altercations between protesters and
police. I have confirmation that members had to be taken to hospital and
numerous employees treated for shock,” stated IMATU North West Regional
Manager, Paul Greyling.
This incident is one of many examples highlighting the
escalation of violent protests around South Africa. IMATU shop stewards
confirmed that their members are routinely threatened and intimidated while
trying to perform their duties. Municipal meetings have been disrupted,
buildings occupied and municipal officials taken hostage. As recently as two
weeks ago external parties disrupted a scheduled local labour forum meeting in
Matlosana, demanding recognition and making proceedings impossible to run.
While the motivation behind this morning’s protest still
needs to be clarified, IMATU shop stewards believe the grievances relate to
corruption, lack of resources, broader service delivery needs and job vacancies.
“Municipalities are responsible for providing the community
with basic services however, a number of these services fall outside the scope of
local government or require collaborative efforts across all three tiers of government.
It is becoming more common for protesters to direct their frustration at
municipal buildings and infrastructure to express their dissatisfaction, irrespective
of the origin of the problem or whether this falls under the ambit of the
municipality in question,” explained Greyling.
IMATU calls on the Matlosana Municipal Mayor to
immediately address this situation and ensure that its members are provided
with a safe and secure working environment.
“IMATU will be requesting
an urgent meeting with the Office of the Municipal Mayor in order to establish
a satisfactory way forward that ensures the safety of our members. Members
cannot return to a volatile work place where their safety is not guaranteed,”
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As part of the Free State Presidential Tour, the IMATU
President: Stanley Khoza, Deputy President: Keith Swanepoel, Free State
Regional Manager: Paul Greyling and shop stewards met with the Acting Municipal
Manager, Acting Chief Financial Officer and Councillor of the Kopanong Municipality.
Amongst a number of matters discussed, IMATU raised the
serious concern of third party deductions and the need for the municipality to
ensure that our member’s deductions are timeously paid over to relevant service
providers to avoid any lapses in medical cover, pension contributions and
As a result of this meeting the Municipality has
undertaken the following:
1. IMATU must be sent proof of up-to-date medical aid
contributions, specifically addressing members’ concerns relating to the arrears
from the past three months.
2. A request will be made directly to SALGA to include
IMATU representatives at the upcoming meeting on 12 April 2019 to discuss
3. IMATU has agreed that members are willing to return to
work however, due to current safety concerns and restricted access to the work
place this is not immediately possible. Until the safety of our members can be guaranteed,
members in each town are required to identify a central meeting point for all employees
to meet each morning, in order to sign the daily attendance register. After
signing the register each day, members will return home until it is safe to
resume their duties.
4. Members are responsible for ensuring that they sign the
daily attendance register, this list is sent directly to Christiaan, who will
then send on to Denise. Employees who do not sign the attendance register will unfortunately
be subjected to the ‘No Work No Pay’ principle.
5. IMATU shop stewards have given their undertaking that IMATU
members are not on strike and have fought hard to ensure that our members’ March
2019 salaries are not affected by the ‘No Work No Pay’ principle. From 1 April
2019 members who fail to comply with the signing of the attendance register will
be subject to ‘No Work No Pay’.
* Essential services members are please reminded that by
indicating that you are willing to work, you are required to assist should the
municipality call on you to help the community.
6. The municipality has confirmed that March salaries
7. Each town that does not have an elected shop steward
must please elect a shop steward as per agreement with the acting Municipal Manager.
When members meet in their respective towns to sign the attendance register, those
still needing a shop steward representative are requested to please elect a
shop steward as soon as possible. The elected shop steward is requested to personally
ensure that his/her contact details are sent to Ms Denise Retsinas on 082 443
8. Members must indicate to their shop stewards which
different third party funds they belong to. After compiling a list, shop
stewards are requested to send this through to Ms Retsinas. IMATU is in the process
of drawing up a mandate form that will be used to get the required information
from the different funds.
9. All current and newly elected shop stewards in the
affected towns are requested to please send through your details to Ms Denise
Retsinas on 082 443 3725 (name, surname, town/branch and contact details).
10. The IMATU shop stewards, officials and staff are congratulated
for their efforts thus far. The dedication of your elected representatives has
ensured that this situation is being resolved in as soon as possible with
limited impact to members. The wellbeing and protection of our members is of
paramount concern. They will continue to work towards the swift resolution of
these problems but need your support to ensure success.
Thank you to the shop stewards for providing leadership
and our members for their support. IMATU is working together for you!
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The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) is disappointed
by the Monetary Policy Committee’s (MPC) decision to keep interest rates on hold
IMATU believes that the Reserve Bank missed an opportunity to lower
interest rates. Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) is presently recorded at 4.1%,
falling below the 4.5% mid-point of the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) inflation
targeting range. Based on the Bank’s own forecasts, headline inflation is
expected to remain below 5% this year, with annual CPI calculated at 4.8%.
“While we understand that the mandate of the MPC is to target inflation,
we remain concerned by our country’s poor domestic growth forecasts and escalating
unemployment figures. Many of our members and South African consumers are
cash-strapped, financially burdened and indebted. Consumers are expected to pay
substantially more for fuel and electricity, which automatically affects the
price of transport, food and other household expenses. South Africans have only
seen two interest rate decreases in the past five years despite the country’s
inflation forecast sitting comfortably within the Reserve Bank’s target range of
3-6%. The lowering of interest rates could have provided consumers with
financial respite, increased disposable income and promoted growth through enhanced
household spending capacity,” reasoned IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.
The Reserve Bank has only decreased interest rates twice in the past
five years. In July 2017, despite projected inflation rates of 5.3%, the
Reserve bank lowered interest rates by 25 basis points and interest rates were
again lowered in March 2018.
IMATU believes that our current economic situation almost mirrors that
of March 2018 when headline inflation was recorded at 4.0% and projected CPI at
4.9%. As the Reserve Bank lowered interest rates then, IMATU cannot understand
the justification for increasing interest rates in November 2018 and now
leaving rates unchanged.
Six separate interest rate hikes since 2014 have done little to improve
South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth or mitigate the depreciation
of the Rand. Annual GDP continued to decline throughout the Reserve Bank’s
increased interest rate cycle between 2014 and 2017, settling at a meagre o.8% at
the end of 2018. Furthermore, historical exchange rate records highlight the disconnect
between increased interest rates and attempts to promote long term currency
stability. At the start of the interest rate increase cycle, the Rand was trading
at R10.97 to the Dollar and has steadily weakened to the present value of around
“We will be closely monitoring Moody’s credit rating announcement
tomorrow. Moody’s is the only international ratings agency still recording South
Africa at investment grade and has consistently cited weak economic growth as a
reason for further downgrades. While acknowledging the Reserve Bank’s mandate to target inflation,
IMATU would welcome the inclusion of factors such as economic growth and
employment when making decisions pertaining to the country’s interest rate,” concluded
High unemployment, low economic growth and overstretched consumers
necessitate the need to provide financial relief where possible. IMATU believes
that this missed
opportunity will exacerbate already unbearable financial pressure on consumers.
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The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) is concerned by
reports that municipalities are failing to spend allocated infrastructure
Minister of Finance, Mr Tito Mboweni, confirmed this week that 44
municipalities had their municipal infrastructure grants reallocated to other
Mandela Metro forfeited R29.4m from the grant on public networks while
Ekurhuleni lost R90m, City of Johannesburg R46m and eThekwini R58m. Newcastle
in KwaZulu Natal forfeited R56m and Madibeng in North West lost R60m.
“Over and above budgeted projects and maintenance, municipalities are
able to apply for conditional grants to develop, maintain and refurbish
infrastructure. These municipal infrastructure grants are meant to be tied to a
specific project or purpose however, we routinely see this money used for other
expenses or in some cases not spend at all. South African municipalities are collectively owed
R139bn from residents alone. It seems inconceivable that income-strapped
municipalities are not adequately utilising their grant allocations,” stated
IMATU Deputy President, Keith Swanepoel.
Many of South Africa’s rural municipalities are reliant on these grants
to upgrade and maintain water
and sanitation services, roads, public buildings and a number of other services.
“The concerns of aging infrastructure and inadequate maintenance were
highlighted and discussed at IMATU’s Mid-Term Conference in October 2018. We
have developed reporting mechanisms to assist our members to record breakdowns
in service delivery. If members are unable to perform aspects of their work due
to resource shortages, incorrect equipment or unsafe working conditions we
request that they log these incidents with their Regional Office. If we cannot
resolve the problem at a municipal level, the union will escalate the concern
to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. Many of
the problems reported stem from poor planning, unmaintained infrastructure and
underfunded budgets,” explained Swanepoel.
In the latest report on local government audit outcomes, the Auditor
General emphasised the need for municipal leaders to be accountable for their
actions, decisions and policies. IMATU
strongly believes that political leaders and municipal officials alike, must be
able to demonstrate how their decisions align with constitutional mandates and
their municipality’s integrated development plan. Leaders must be answerable to
the communities they serve, especially when these communities are not receiving
basic services with little hope for future development.
IMATU is committed to social transformation
through a sustainable local government, this commitment must however be matched
with equal assurances that the leaders of our country, provinces and
municipalities will act in the public interest, take accountability for their
actions and respect the rule of law.
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The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) is calling for
interest rate cuts ahead of the Monetary Policy Committee’s decision this Thursday.
IMATU has submitted a motivation for the lowering of interest rates to South
African Reserve Bank (SARB) Governor, Mr Lesetja Kganyago. IMATU believes that
an opportunity exists for the Reserve Bank to simultaneously fulfil its
inflation targeting mandate and lower interest rates. Consumer Price Inflation
(CPI) is presently recorded at 4.1%, falling below the mid-point of the South
African Reserve Bank’s inflation target range of 3% to 6%. Based on the Bank’s
own forecasts, headline inflation is expected to remain below 5% this year,
with annual CPI calculated at 4.8%.
“While we acknowledge the Monetary Policy Committee’s mandate to manage
inflationary increases, we remain concerned about our country’s poor domestic
growth forecasts and escalating unemployment figures. Many of our members and
South African consumers are cash-strapped, financially burdened and indebted. A
decision to decrease interest rates will not risk a breach of the target range,
to the contrary, lower interest rates will result in increased disposable
income, promoting growth through enhanced household spending capacity,” explained
IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.
IMATU has urged the Governor to
lower interest rates
in order to promote growth and simulate consumer spending.
High unemployment, low economic growth and overstretched consumers
necessitate the need to provide financial relief where possible. IMATU believes
that further interest rate
increases coupled with increases in electricity tariffs, fuel, food and transport
costs will place unbearable financial pressure on consumers.
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