COSATU welcomes Parliament’s election of Committee Chairpersons

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) welcomes Parliament’s election of its Committee Chairpersons. Whilst not retaining all Committee Chairs, we are pleased our ally, the African National Congress, retained leadership of the overwhelming majority of key Parliamentary Committees, in particular those with an impact upon the hard-won rights of workers and the transformation gains […]

SAMWU SECURES ABOVE INFLATION SALARY INCREASE FOR WATER SECTOR EMPLOYEES

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has successfully negotiated and concluded an above-inflation salary and wage collective agreement with the country’s seven Water Boards under the auspices of the Amanzi Bargaining Council (ABC). These Water Boards are collectively responsible for over 95% of bulk water provision in the country.  Under the terms of this […]

COSATU welcomes the sentencing of VBS looter Matodzi

  The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) welcomes the sentencing of the former VBS Mutual Bank chairperson Tshifhiwa Matodzi, to an effective 15 years in prison for the theft of more than R1.9 billion. Mr. Matodzi pleaded guilty to 33 charges of theft, fraud, money laundering and racketeering relating to theft of more […]

NEHAWU SIGNS A 7% WAGE AGREEMENT AT AMANZI BARGAINING COUNCIL    

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] has on the 09th July 2024 concluded a 2024/2025 wage increment agreement with Amanzi Bargaining Council. The union considers the agreement as a major victory for its members and workers in the sector. This agreement comes after protracted negotiations at the Amanzi Bargaining Council resulting into parties concluding […]

COSATU laments the slow pace of transformation in the workplace

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) laments the shockingly sluggish pace of transformation in the workplace. The recent findings by the Commission of Employment Equity (CEE) leaves a bitter taste in the mouth as White and male dominance in top positions in the private sector remains glaring. According to the report Whites occupy 62.1% […]

SADTU STATEMENT ON THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOLS’ THIRD TERM

The South African Democratic Techers’ Union (SADTU) welcomes the opening of schools on Tuesday, 9 July 2024 marking the beginning of the third term after a three-weeks recess. We hope to see both the learners and teachers coming back refreshed to tackle the hectic third term in which schools should finalise the curriculum, do revisions […]

COSATU calls on the Justice Ministry to focus on the task at hand

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) calls on the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Thembi Nkadimeng to move with speed and douse the fires in her department before they interfere with its critical work. According to reports in the City Press, the Justice Ministry’s Director-General, Doctor Mashabane, is at war with his […]

COSATU stands in solidarity with Ford workers

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) supports the strike by members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) at Ford SA. COSATU stands in solidarity with the 3 000 NUMSA members who downed tools on Thursday because Ford is refusing to share profits with them. NUMSA says the US motor company […]

COSATU Gauteng welcomes the appointment of Cabinet by Premier Panyaza Lesufi

COSATU in Gauteng welcomes the appointment of MECs of the 7th Provincial Administration and the multi-party government in the province. We commend the bold decision by Premier Panyaza Lesufi to announce his Cabinet after protracted negotiations ultimately saw the hard-to-please Democratic Alliance excluded. With a mandate from the people of Gauteng, the Government of Provincial Unity […]

OPENING REMARKS BY SAMWU PRESIDENT, NELSON MOKGOTHO AT THE UNION’S CENTRAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING, 3-4 JULY 2024, BIRCHWOOD HOTEL.

Programme Director, 1st Deputy President, Comrade Mluleki Mbhele,  2nd Deputy President, Comrade Portia Nkuna,  National Treasurer, Comrade Nwabisa Majova,  General Secretary, Comrade Dumisane Magagula,  Special greetings to Comrade Nkhetheni Muthavhi who is attending his first CEC meeting as Deputy General Secretary,  Leadership of provinces,  Delegates to this CEC,  Staff and invited guests, Please receive warm […]

COSATU bemoans the Sibanye retrenchments

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) along with its affiliate, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), is aggrieved that despite extensive consultations, Sibanye Stillwater has cut 2 000 jobs in the latest round of retrenchments. In April Sibanye gave notice of its intention to retrench 3 109 workers and 915 contractors under Section 189 […]

COSATU General Secretary Solly Phetoe Address: SAMWU CEC 

Comrade President  National Office Bearers  CEC delegates  Leaders of the Alliance, SACP, ANC  Leadership of our militant SAMWU,  Thank you for inviting COSATU to join you for this important CEC in these turbulent times.    Your theme of “advancing the interest of municipal workers by going back to basics” could not be more appropriate given the very real and daunting challenges facing the trade […]

COSATU Gauteng troubled by government vacuum in the province

The Congress of South African Trade Unions(COSATU) in Gauteng is disturbed by the government vacuum in the province created by the continuous postponement of the announcement of MECs, due to the protracted and destructive negotiations to form the Government of Provincial Unity (GPN). COSATU is particularly irritated by the arrogance and big brother syndrome demonstrated […]

COSATU welcomes Eskom initiatives to end loadshedding

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) commends Eskom on 96 days of no loadshedding.  We celebrate the tireless efforts of the employees of Eskom to turn our most important economic asset around and ease the pressures on the entire nation. Many South Africans were initially sceptical when the loadshedding-free period started in March, […]

COSATU commends Investec on its strides on minimum pay

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) applauds Investec for implementing a R21 000 minimum monthly salary for its workers. Releasing its financial results on Friday, private bank and wealth management group, Investec, said it had implemented the minimum salary in June 2023, which saw its lowest paid workers take home R250 000 per year. Investec […]