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[su_spoiler title=”Organisational Resolutions adopted at 11th COSATU Congress 4 July 2014″ open=”no” icon=”folder-1″]1. Consolidated Organisational Resolution, based on decisions arising from the Organisational Section of the Secretariat Report THIS CONGRESS NOTING We are only half way to achieving the 4m membership target which we adopted in the 2015 Plan, and that we are seriously under-represented amongst the following categories of workers:- young workers, white, coloured and Indian workers, women workers , and all categories of vulnerable workers. Evidence tells us that we need to change our mindset to focus on the expectations of our members regarding job protection and wages. In this regard we need to improve the quality of service to our members, including in collective bargaining and dealing with disciplinary and grievance matters. That one of the founding principles of our Federation is to practice Solidarity and Unity in Action, but that we have a long way to go to make this a practical reality. That it is through sharing knowledge and experiences across Affiliates that we can expect to deepen and strengthen the Federation as a whole Our members are calling for a greater visibility of leadership at all levels, as well as for more communication and enhanced levels of accountability. That in order to achieve all of the above, we require a strong national centre which, amongst other things coordinates the common areas of work of Affiliates facilitates the sharing of good practice monitors the implementation of Federation decisions builds strong Provinces and Locals THIS CONGRESS THEREFORE RESOLVES To take practical steps as outlined below:- Membership recruitment, organising and servicing To implement the 2011 Central Committee decision to establish a National Organisers’ Forum which should drive the implementation of the CEC’s National Recruitment Plan, in collaboration with the Campaigns Committee. The National Organisers’ Forum also to share information and identify best practices in:- Case management The training and mentoring of organisers Recruitment and organising strategies The handling of legal cases Collective Bargaining (see Collective Bargaining below for more details) Handling of strikes (see Strike Actions below for more details) Appointment, recall, management and remuneration of Full Time Shop Stewards Other agreed organisational tasks and strategies. To establish a Vulnerable Sectors Task Team under the auspices of the National Organisers’ Forum. This Task Team to be made up of Affiliate organisers and/or shop stewards from the Vulnerable Sectors, including but not limited to fixed term contract workers, labour broker workers, domestic workers, farm workers, contract cleaning and security workers, hospitality and commercial workers, creative workers, workers in small companies, workers in small towns and villages, and immigrant workers. The purpose of the Task Team will be:- To share ideas on organising workers with a view to developing more coherent organising and servicing strategies for vulnerable workers To investigate the possibility of establishing a COSATU solidarity organising fund To promote the cross-sharing of affiliate resources e.g. offices in small towns To investigate the possibility of establishing COSATU Advice Offices in strategic areas As part of supporting and strengthening the organisation of informal sector workers generally, to continue to support the establishment of a National Street Vendors’ Alliance in 2013. In addition, to support the Organizing project being developed by Streetnet in whatever ways possible, and to encourage linkages between organised street vendors and COSATU. To take urgent steps to improve our collection of Affiliate membership data, in order to enhance our ability to plan for recruitment as well as to target our organising and servicing appropriately. To this end we will establish a Membership Data Task Team made up of Affiliate representatives who work directly with membership data collection in order to share best practices, with a view to working towards standardisation of membership data collection. Gender See the comprehensive consolidated Resolution as adopted Youth To speed up the setting up of Youth Forums in Affiliates, which will in turn enable the establishment of a representative and accountable COSATU Youth Forum. COSATU to appoint a Youth Coordinator within 12 months to drive this process. In the meantime, Affiliates to share their Youth organising strategies in the National Organisers Forum, including addressing ageism and creating space for young workers. To promote the recruitment of young organisers and other officials by Affiliates and the Federation, including through the employment of interns. The National Organisers Forum to exchange views and make recommendations on retrenchment policies which currently discriminate against young workers. The CEC to develop a strategy for organising the Unemployed (of whom young people are the vast majority), starting with a mechanism for retaining membership of retrenched workers. At all levels of the Federation to reach out to students in order to spread information and understanding of trade union issues. Locals and Provinces The Education Unit to develop an induction and training programme for all Local Office Bearers. To urge Affiliate organisers to attend meetings of Locals. COSATU Provinces to regularly audit the functioning of their sub-structures & Locals. In this regard a standard reporting format to be developed by head office. COSATU Provincial leadership to ensure that where Locals take up issues that would benefit from information and support from one or more of the head office Units, that such linkages are made. Subject to finances permitting, the human capacity of Provinces be expanded by splitting the Organiser and Educator functions into two jobs. CEC to debate the Constitutional role of Provinces, with a view to possible Constitutional changes in 2015 – in particular with regard to Provincial rights at National Congress. The CEC to conduct a feasibility study on the establishment of local offices. Education To escalate mass education including the Chris Hani Brigades, and to make the linkages between mass education with organising To develop the internal capacity of both COSATU and Affiliates to deliver quality trade union education and all Affiliates to implement the 10% of budget to education rule To take steps to ensure that not all of the courses run by external providers are centralised in Gauteng To prioritise the development of education materials To take steps to ensure the speedy revival of Ditsela That Affiliates commit to improving their participation in Nedcom Campaigns That the Campaigns Committee will assess the number of campaigns, their effectiveness & methods To ensure that May Day rallies are more participative To start planning for the COSATU 30th Anniversary celebrations in 2013 To urgently step up the following campaigns:- Million Climate Jobs Public Transport Anti-Racism campaigns to be urgently stepped up To ensure that the Campaigns and International Relations Committees work more closely on International Campaigns To ensure that Affiliate-led campaigns such as Anti-Walmart are given more support by other Affiliates Collective Bargaining and a national minimum wage That as part of building a national campaign against poverty wages and for effective collective bargaining we need:- To move away from percentage ATB increases, which have the effect of growing the gap between the lowest and highest paid workers To campaign for Compulsory Centralised Bargaining in all sectors To challenge grading systems based on “decision making” in favour of more worker-friendly systems of recognition of physical effort, risk, discomfort etc Affiliates to identify occupational specific categories of workers in all sectors whose wages have been distorted downwards by inequitable grading systems, and to negotiate for these distortions to be redressed To improve our record keeping of collective agreements both within Affiliates and across the Federation To hold a National Organising and Bargaining Conference before the end of 2012. This Conference, amongst other topics to decide on the question of a National Minimum Wage Strike Actions The National Organisers Forum: To work with NALEDI to improve data collection and analysis of strikes and their outcomes To conduct a COSATU review of strike processes and legal issues including scab labour, picketing, police practice and to develop proposals for changes in the law To develop proposals to amend the Gatherings Act to remove unqualified liability for damage To develop best practice guidelines for Affiliate strike funds To develop educational material to use in mass education about the principle of not crossing the picket line in strikes Mergers See separate Resolution Common Affiliate problems and Interventions of the Federation Affiliates to submit information on their relationships with Service Providers to Fincom, with a view to producing a report on best practice to the CEC Affiliates to submit information on the governance, accountability, and investment principles of Union Investment Companies to Fincom, with a view to producing a report on best practice to the CEC COSATU to engage the Department of Labour on a range of registration issues, including but not limited to membership thresholds for registration, and criteria and procedures for deregistration The National Organisers’ Forum to audit affiliate practices on Full Time Shop Stewards and draft a Code of Good Practice for the CEC to consider In line with previous Congress Resolutions, Affiliates to re-commit not to “scope creep” by recruiting members who fall under the already demarked scope of other Affiliates. Where such scope creeping has already taken place, Affiliates must hand over such members to the appropriate Affiliate. International To continue our active involvement in ITUC Africa including the following:- Strengthening the existing areas of cooperation, such as PANAF, HIV and AIDs, coordination in ILO and the AU Defence of trade union and other human rights Economic policy formulation and development of joint representation in AU and other institutions To continue to lobby for the unity of ITUC Africa and OATU To step up our involvement in International Solidarity Campaigns, in particular the Swaziland Solidarity Campaign and the Campaign for a Free Palestine To strengthening our participation in SATUCC, as part of a strategy to forge solidarity amongst the workers of Southern Africa To continue our participation in SIGTUR as part of a strategy to forge solidarity amongst workers of the South See also the separate Resolution on International Affiliation NEDLAC and other tripartite socio economic institutions Once and for all, Affiliates to commit to more active participation in NEDLAC COSATU to urgently implement the decision to establish a Socio Economic Commission which will monitor affiliate participation, develop systems of accountability, and ensure collective mandating to NEDLAC and other tripartite socio economic institutions 2. Resolution on International Affiliation This 11th Congress Resolves that as part of our revolutionary task of uniting the international trade union movement and create a single world trade union federation, we will as a matter of principle affiliate to the WFTU and also remain as an affiliate to ITUC. We believe this will allow us to use our position in both these international federations to advance towards their merger. Therefore Congress mandates the first CEC to look at the modalities of implementing this resolution which will include the following: The constitutional implications to both ITUC and WFTU To allow for COSATU to properly consult with both ITUC and WFTU. In the period between now and the first CEC, affiliates which have not properly consulted with membership will be allowed to take membership on board. In the case where this resolution becomes practically impossible to implement, the CEC will set a process to have the federation properly and systematically reviewing it. 3. Gender Resolution – DENOSA/NUMSA/CEPPWAWU/NEHAWU and the Resolutions from the Gender Conference We note :- Patriarchy is still pervasive in our society and is also evident in the workplace. Effective participation of women in union and political structures is limited by family responsibility, especially child care and spousal domination. Women continue to bear the greatest brunt of HIV and AIDS. Women are continuously side-lined and still lack requisite confidence to take up leadership positions in union, community and political structures. Even though the number of women in key institutions has increased, women remain marginalised when it comes to making key decisions in the economy Cabinet has approved the release of a draft Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill for comment. The scourge of gender-based violence is increasing drastically; affecting both women and children in our communities. The high incidents of human trafficking through which women and children are treated as sex objects. We have allowed job evaluation and grading systems to be dictated by management and that these systems continue to place the majority of women at the bottom end of the wage scale and in more vulnerable positions of employment. These grading systems and job evaluations are implemented without due regard for the need to transform workplaces in South Africa and the imperative of gender equity We have made good progress in the gender equity in employment through the training and promotion of women into positions traditionally perceived to be “men’s work”, but many employers continue to resist the training and promotion of women. Our collective bargaining tends to emphasise wage increases at the expense of other improvements in conditions of employment, in particular reproductive issues such as maternity protection, child care, reproductive health and wellness and transport subsidies. Our persistent tabling of across the board percentage increase demands is contributing to the ever increasing wage gap between lowest and highest paid, and that this in turn is entrenching unequal pay between women and men. Full access to maternity protection is not yet enjoyed by most vulnerable women workers such as women working in farms, domestic workers and sex workers. That women domestic workers and women farm workers remain the largest groups of vulnerable and super-exploited women, and yet the challenges faced by their respective unions (SADSAWU and FAWU) are such that progress is slow in organising and representing them. These challenges include getting access to organise, difficulties in payment of union subscriptions, and collective communication. SADSAWU in particular has difficulty in meeting the requirements for both affiliation to COSATU as well as registration as a trade union. Companies are not complying with the Employment Equity (EE) and Skills Development legislation, particularly as it relates to women’s empowerment and upward mobility on the factory floor. The Industrial Policy Action Plan has estimated that 2 477 000 direct and indirect jobs will be created over the next ten years. The continued criminalization of sex work has a discriminatory element as only women are charged and not their clients who solicit their services. We therefore resolve on women in society That there is a need to develop campaigns with specific focus on gender equality and human trafficking and to oppose any legislation that seeks to promote patriarchy such as the recently drafted Traditional Courts Bill. To strengthen COSATU’s relationships with progressive organisations advocating for gender equality, including PWMSA To lobby for the Commission for Gender Equality to be allocated a much bigger budget in order to effectively carry out its work, and to lobby for a guaranteed seat for COSATU in the Commission. To step up our efforts to eliminate gender based violence through programmes and campaigns in the workplace, in our unions, and in our communities, including to reaffirm and support the 16-Days of Activism Campaign Against Women and Child Abuse. This includes putting our COSATU locals at the centre of these programmes and campaigns, To campaign for the passing of legislation on human trafficking be as soon possible. To support the proposal by the Ministry of Women, Children and People Living with Disabilities to set up a National Council Against Gender-Based Violence. To develop programmes and campaigns aimed at eliminating harmful traditional practices such as ‘ukuthwala’. To support the fast-tracking of the establishment of an academy to train cooperatives with an advisory board that must work closely with trade unions and working class community organisations focusing specifically on women as beneficiaries in particular retrenched workers. To call for the establishment of a fund that will not only support women’s business initiatives and address their challenges related to access but will also support skilling women for non-business related work such as engineering. To lobby for a special subsidy to enable access to basic resources such as water, electricity and fuel for poor households headed by women or children. That as a matter of urgency COSATU should make its submission on the draft Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill. And we resolve on women in the workplace That collective bargaining and Employment Equity should be used to support gender equality in the workplace. To campaign for the establishment of childcare facilities in the workplace and that COSATU and its affiliates should take a lead in the establishment of these facilities. To take active steps to close gender wage gaps. As part of our campaign for Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value, to take urgent steps to empower negotiators to understand and critique current job grading practices, with a view to developing alternative systems. To continue to demand the training and promotion of women into jobs traditionally reserved for men. To ensure that our settlements consistently include gender equity issues, and that these issues are not compromised. To call for Bargaining Councils adopt policies on gender parity among representatives in their structures NALEDI should be commissioned to develop a framework on which to base the activities and campaigns of the COSATU gender unit in addressing work and patriarchy. The framework should include: A strategy to counter the feminisation of poverty (low wages). The impact of labour broking on women. The impact of the informalisation of work on women. The meaning of decent work for women workers. To campaign for the realisation of maternity rights for all working women, to launch a campaign to ensure that government ratifies ILO Convention 183 and Recommendation R191 on Maternity Protection convention , and to campaign for the establishment of a dedicated Maternity Protection Fund, separate to UIF. To ensure that every workplace has a sexual harassment policy, based on the DOL’s Code of Good Practice and that each work place should have a specialist trained shop steward/s who deals with sexual harassment cases. Affiliates should call on SHEP to provide training for specialist shop stewards and organisers at a fee To call for a review of the Schedule on Maximum Permissible Fines that may be imposed for contravening the EE Act with the aim of imposing penalties on those who do not comply with EEA, particularly in relation to black women. That Black Women should make up 50% of the target of new jobs in the Industrial Policy Action Plan. That 50% of the beneficiaries of the Department of Economic Development Jobs Fund must be women; including the lowest category of workers and that this process must lead to career progression for them. To campaign for the decriminalisation of sex work through the repealing of the Sexual Offences Act, as part of a broader campaign of ensuring their enjoyment of labour, human, health & safety and socio economic rights. As well as to support organisations like Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) and SISONKE (organisation for sex workers) in their efforts to educate and organise sex workers. To call on the government to ratify ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. That COSATU should make a call that the movement and campaign for Equal Pay for Equal Work must be implemented and monitored by the Commission for Gender Equality. And we also resolve on women in the Affiliates and the Federation To ensure that unions involve women in collective bargaining teams to address gender agenda in collective bargaining activities That employment opportunities within unions in positions such education, organising and collective bargaining are open to women shopstewards and officials as a way of ensuring that issues affecting women are central to the bargaining agenda of trade unions. To build the capacity of women in gender structures and coordinators by developing political consciousness in women cadres in order to boost their confidence to actively participate in gender structures. That the federation and its affiliates’ leadership are accountable for making unions’ employment practices gender equitable. To Develop policy mechanisms to facilitate women’s participation in affiliate and Federation structures including: Constitutionalising gender structures i.e. the gender secretary and chairperson are part of all constitutional meetings provincially and nationally. Quota’s for ALL structural meetings (50-50 to be a minimum) Union education and training policies tackling women’s emancipation and gender equality The CEC to periodically monitor and evaluate the implementation of the resolution on women representation in union structures. That COSATU and affiliates give support to SADSAWU financially, technically, in capacity building and in the provision of infrastructure, and that SADSAWU should be invited to all Federation education and capacity building programmes. That the NGC, through engagement with the affiliates, should lead a process of review of COSATU’s Gender policy to ensure its relevance to the current challenges. 4. Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Hate Crimes against Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered People Numsa/Samwu/Denosa Noting that Over the past 10 years there has been an upsurge of hate crimes against gay, lesbian and transgendered people in South Africa and internationally; These hate crimes are part of a toxic family of discriminations (racism, sexism homophobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia etc) that if left to fester will be used to divide the working class. The recent decapitation of a gay man in the Northern Cape and the attack on a young woman who kissed her partner in the Carlton Centre are just the tip of the iceberg; Rape and murder of lesbian women is increasing in our communities; Only 1 in 9 rapes are reported in South Africa. Homophobia is rife in our society and workplaces. Believing that All people should be free to live their lives as they choose without fear of attack and that the rights not be discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation is enshrined in South Africa’s Constitution; COSATU should be a champion of these rights; There is a need to arm shop stewards and leaders with the tools and consciousness to be able to address these forms of discrimination at workplace level COSATU must develop a coherent campaign throughout the affiliates on this issue; Therefore resolves to Call upon Government to take a firm stand on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and in particular to speak out unequivocally against hate crimes in our communities; Demand that Government holds accountable any political figure who encourages the idea that LGBT people are not normal and should be deprived of rights; Demand that Government brings legislation before parliament dealing with hate crimes; Demand that the police and magistrates be sensitised to these issues and be trained to deal with victims; Demand that the National Hate Crimes Task Team set up to deal with hate crimes against LGBT people and set up by the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Development in May 2011, is properly funded and becomes a campaigning body and not just a talk shop; Develop a COSATU strategy & campaign document to ensure that no member of any affiliate is unable to declare his/her sexual orientation. Develop education strategies aimed at combating homophobia and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation Reach out to organisations in the LGBT sector and other organisations who have taken a stance on hate crimes as a way of implementing the above resolution.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”COSATU NW Provincial Shop Stewards Council Resolutions 16 April 2014″ open=”no” icon=”folder-1″]COSATU NW held its first provincial shop stewards council on the 11th April 2014 at Ben Marais Hall and received the summary reports on the following issues • May day mobilization • 2014 election program • Expensive toll gate • Labour brokers • Gender-based violence and racial discrimination The provincial council was attended by more than 1800 shop stewards from all our affiliates in the NW. The provincial shop stewards council also received messages of support from our alliance partners – SACP, SANCO and the ANC. MAY DAY CELEBRATION The progress report was submitted and adopted with the remaining three programs towards our celebration of May Day on 1st May 2014 at Olympia stadium, Rustenburg. All our affiliates recommitted themselves to making sure that all workers, with support of all communities and their families, are going celebrate the workers’ day together, as it will be part of celebrating our twenty years of democracy going forward to our next national and provincial election on 7th May 2014. The council also reaffirmed its responsibilities to make sure that the remaining activities must be attended by all affiliates and mobilizing workers and communities in the so-called hot spots of the mining area. The PSSC resolved that COSATU must fight against those employers who are continue to refuse to allow workers to celebrate their workers day and that the dismissal of workers and their shop stewards in 2013 for attending the May Day celebration by Sun City must be the campaign of the federation. All those workers, with their shop stewards, must be reinstated before the Election Day. All affiliates were reminded that workers day or any public holiday must be non-trading and that employers must be told publicly that no worker must work on that day or on 7th May 2014 – Election Day. 2014 NATIONAL AND PROVINCIAL ELECTIONS The 2014 national and provincial election progress report was presented, with the remaining program targeting hot spots such as in the mining and farm areas in the province. The report covers the work done by affiliates and locals and the joint program with the alliance, MDM structures and the traditional leaders in rural areas. The report reflected some weaknesses from the federation in attending the election work, in particular during door-to-door campaigns in the mining and farm areas and a lack of commitment from some of our workplace forums. The provincial council resolved that in the remaining three weeks we must focus on the hot spots and our own workforce that have not been addressed on why workers should vote for the ANC. As we are mobilizing our members and other communities for the workers’ day celebration we must continue to do election work, in particular focusing on door-to-door in those areas that we have not reached. As we work together with ANC, our program must be able to address the challenges facing the communities, in particular the issues of service delivery, as they are the biggest threat to our election campaign. All our affiliates with their shop stewards reaffirmed their commitment to make sure that our remaining election programs must be intensified, with the support of all our members and the communities. STATE OF OUR CAMPAIGN ON TOLL GATE The report was adopted on the state of our campaign against the expensive toll gate, since the last activity of the slow drive on the N4 with the massive blockage of traffic, and the council was happy that our campaign is putting pressure to the capitalists and our government. Affiliates adopted a program that every two weeks we must close the traffic from the Marikina toll gate to the expensive one at Swartruggens plaza until Sanral and Bakwena listen to the masses of our people. Affiliates recommitted themselves that the next drive slow must be bigger than the last one and the traffic must be blocked, with or without permission, until we win our game against anyone who is the owner of that expensive toll gate. LABOUR BROKERS The council reaffirmed its position from the last PSSC as directed by the congress resolutions those of the living wage bargaining conference declarations. The PSSC also resolved that the federation must identify all companies that are using labour brokers and contractors including those continuing to exploit workers. Mass action must take place against those companies demanding full time employment for those workers. GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE The PSSC received and updated reports on the current state of the campaign that indicated a poor response from our affiliates, in particular our women and gender structures on the challenges facing our women and the workplace, including our women and children being raped on a daily basis by their family members. Sometimes children as young as three months are raped by their fathers or uncles. Our women in the mines are raped and killed underground and we are not there to support them during the court cases. All our affiliates reaffirmed their support and are making sure that all their structures are well informed regarding any program on the matter of racial discrimination and racial killing at the workplace, and defending our women and children at home and at the workplace. NOB INPUTS The First Deputy President Comrade James presented the following issues to the PSSC as per the mandate of the NOBs’: • The current status of COSATU and the intervention by the ANC • The 2014 election campaign and why workers must vote for the ANC • May Day celebration for 2014 The PSSC accepted the intervention from the ANC and called for COSATU to make sure that the intervention is not about the election for 2014. The intervention must be real and resolve all the challenges that workers are facing, including the current situation in the mining industry where workers are killed every day, and the labour brokers and for the e-tolling system to be scraped. All affiliates supported the notion of unity of the federation and that all leaders must speak with one united voice of real unity and building a strong COSATU to advance the working class agenda and fight against the exploitation of all workers in the RSA.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”COSATU NW Provincial Shop Steward Council resolutions 14 October 2014″ open=”no” icon=”folder-1″]The Congress of South African Trade Unions with its affiliates met on 11th October 2013 at Chris Hani hall at Tlokwe municipality with over 1600 delegates of shop stewards representing its members in the province. The council received reports from the provincial secretary on behalf of the PEC on the following issues ORGANIAZATION State of our affiliates. State of our locals. The listening campaign report. State of the situation in the mining Servicing our members. The proposed program for 2014. POLITICAL 2014 election program. The state of Tlokwe by-election. The by-election on 23rd October 2013. Political situation of the NW SOCIO ECONOMIC Racial attacks on farm workers and their families. Racism in schools. Expensive toll gate and e-tolling. Expensive electricity. None compliance by municipalities. State of the PGDS State of the NDP in the NW. State of the mining. The council adopted the reports with its recommendation including the additional program that must start running in the mining industry and in the farms. The program will include the intensification of membership service to all our members and that our listening campaign program must continue as part of our program to make sure that we close the social distance between elected leaders and our members both at the workplace and provincial and national level. On the sate of our affiliates, the PSSC resolved that the federation must continue to monitor the work of affiliates and intervene where is required to do so by affiliates or at the request of members. The PSSC also resolved that the federation must continue to work closely with affiliates on issues that are raised by workers in order to deal with them collectively with all structures of the federation and its affiliates. With all our unions that are faced with critical attacks from anti-revolutionaries, such as in the mines, the federation must get in to work with affected affiliates on time. The PSSC resolved that there must be a provincial workshop on membership service and a discussion on at what time the federation should intervene on matters of the affiliates and members. The council reaffirmed the congress resolution that all affiliates that recruited members that do not belong to their sector must be handed over to the relevant union with immediately from today which is the day of our PSSC. SUN CITY MATTER: The PSSC resolved that the matter must be discussed with the MEC of Economic Affairs, the Sun International board and must include the ANC provincial leadership on the critical issues of dismissal of our shop stewards for exposing the labour brokers, exposing racial discrimination against the Guptas, workers being dismissed for attending May Day rallies, which our workers have the right to celebrate in the country and internationally. The federation will not keep quiet when its members are treated in the manner that Sun City and Sun International is treating workers. STATE OF OUR LOCALS The PSSC resolved that all our locals are very important and they must be supported by all affiliates, and all affiliates must take responsibility for making sure that locals are resourced and supported with all that we have as the federation, as they are implementing what the congresses, CEC and PEC have resolved on. Our locals are mandated to do mini-programs on the outstanding campaigns for 2013 which must include the anti-racism campaign, racial discrimination, labour brokers, e-tolling, the expensive toll gate and the campaign on reclaiming our integrity in the mines and in the farms. CAMPAIGNS The PSSC resolved and reaffirmed the decisions of the CEC and of our last provincial and national congresses to fight against e-tolling, the Swartruggens expensive toll gate, the labour brokers, fight for better wages, the fight against the exploitation of farm workers, racial discrimination at the work place and the killing of farm workers on a daily basis by farmers. The federation will be consulting with all stake holders in the province, which will include the traditional leaders, in the next five days with a clear program to be implemented in the mines, on the toll gate, the fight for public access to transport, the fight against any program of privatization of our roads, the fight for water and electricity which can be afforded by our own poor people in the rural areas. STATE OF THE MINES The PSSC adopted the proposed program to be implemented in the mines, starting from the next week with a task team in Rustenburg which must include the federation program on the 2014 election and the program on how to reclaim our members back that were taken by force to join the management unions. The PSSC condemned the continued killing of workers, in particular women in the mines, and that those who are killing women on the basis that they are NUM members they are really anti-revolutionaries and reactionaries. As much as we agree that we are weak in other areas, workers were taken on an unprotected strike demanding R9000 after deductions, demanding R12500, demanding R16500 and from these demands we lost workers, we lost brothers, sisters, fathers and sons. Did all workers get what other workers died for or only few benefited from the exploited workers who are continue to kill each other and white monopoly capital who celebrate the blood of our own. We want to repeat what we said in July 2013 that we were part of the struggle to defend workers’ rights before 1994 and after, and that through our existence we have made sure that there are progressive labour laws such as the LRA, BCEA and many others, and will fight against anybody who will want take away all our rights, including fight that we are preparing to take to the street on labour brokers which are owned by some of the politicians. Workers were dismissed during the unprotected strikes in the mines, in some of which we as the federation intervened and we are still intervening on behalf of others who have no work due to that unprotected strike that killed many of the African black workers. No white person or any of the management were killed, only African black workers, include the black men and women in blue uniform [police]. The killing of women in the mines is condemned and we as the federation will be leading a campaign in the mine as part of our 16 days activism which will be launched in the mine right in Wonderkop in November 2013. We are calling once more on workers to stop killing each other. Workers have a right to join the union of their choice, as part of democracy principles, but there is no democracy in killing other workers who have also right to join their union of their choice. We must all stop killing each other; we must stop intimidating people who associate with red t-shirts. We shall continue with our listening campaign in all sectors, targeting the mining industry and the farms as we approach our recruitment month, our health and safety and our Red October which will include launching 16 days of activism in November 2013. RACISM AND RACIAL KILLINGS The PSSC condemned the continuation of racial killing, in particular of farm workers with their families. Areas where this is taking place include Macquarie Hills, Ventersdorp, Vryburg hoer school, Bossdam, Zeerust, Swartruggens and Brits. We are disappointed in the manner that NPA and the police are dealing with racial killings, in particular where a rich white racist is involved. Just to take two cases that justice must respond to the public if justice is only about those who are rich or not is the case of a white racist father and son who killed two farm workers in Ramokoka village; the case was just thrown out of court this month. The NPA and the police are confirming that the belongings of the two farm workers were found in the accused’s house, with full information, but the manner in which the case was investigated by the police left many issues out, and we agree with the family that the issue was a murder, not the theft of cellphones that the family are now being told about after nine years. The second case is that of three young girls who are learners at Maquassie Hills High School who were attacked racially by a white racist man who has used his money not to be arrested after he assaulted one of those girls and threw her in to the river in front of an old African man. What does it mean to our democracy in 20 years for those who have no capital power? POLITICAL The PSSC reaffirmed the congress resolutions and that all COSATU affiliates will make sure that the ANC wins the 2014 election and support all programs from the ANC on election work, including making sure that the deployment of all PEC members, locals and others structures of COSATU to the PEMT, PET, RET, LET and BET is respected and implemented as per the program submitted from the secretariat report. The federation resolved to have election war rooms in all regions and one provincial war room which must have two full-time election coordinators stationed at COSATU house from next Monday. All affiliates will do the same as NUMSA and SATAWU did with an election program which must include a recruitment program for 2013 and 2014. The program will be integrated in to one COSATU program and integrated in the ANC election program. ON TLOKWE The PSSC congratulated all affiliates and locals who were able to be at the by-election campaign and all members of the federation who played a role for the ANC to win the by election and condemned those of our members who are alleged working with the independent to weaken the ANC. The PSSC reaffirmed the PEC position that once we win Tlokwe back as the ANC, the current mayor must not come back; the ANC must consult with the alliance on the deployment of a new mayor. The federation resolved to deploy its leaders again, starting from next week as the next by election will take place on 23rd October 2013. The ANC must produce a program for all door-to-door work, making sure that we do work in the township of Tlokwe. For that reason we called our PSSC in the township who were disappointment at the ANC not responding to our call to address our PSSC on those challenges that were raised by the council. ON CORRUPTION We reaffirmed our position as per the congress resolution to fight against corruption and expose anyone who is implicated in the municipalities such as Madibeng, Matlosana, Ditsobotla, Mafikeng, Taung, Naledi, Maquassie Hills and many others in the province including Rustenburg which is still led by the criminals who killed Moss Phokoe. The PSSC reaffirmed the positions of solidarity and that once SAMWU calls a mass action against corruption and to name and sham, those who are leading the downfall of SAMWU in the municipalities ,we will join them as the federation as part of our campaign. The PSSC also condemned strongly the continuation of non-compliance by municipalities such Naledi where we lost two lives this week due to poor conditions of work and that action must be taken against that municipality. SERVICE DEILIVERY The PSSC resolved that as part of our socio economic program we must engage with our traditional leaders as we face the moment that people are going to deal with us during election campaign on issues the raised with us during the previous election campaign in 2011. But we agreed to take the following campaigns with communities as a critical challenge facing all of us: water, electricity, jobs and cleaning of our streets. SOCIO ECONOMY The PSSC reaffirmed the position of the congress and that of our last CEC that we must fight for our space. On the issue of e tolling system, the expensive toll gate in the NW, we must proceed with our actions as we are going ahead to fight against the paying of R75 at the ‘Swartruggens toll gate and that will take place in the next two weeks from today, with all COSATU affiliates cars including members. The labour brokers, the exploitation of workers in the security, in the farms, in the shops and in the mines and fighting against temporary teachers, against the exploitation of our ABET educators and against the closing of farm schools. We resolved to engage with the office of the premier on the state of the PGDS and the NDP as we hear in the media that the NW is moving on the implementation while we are not invited or taken on board. We must also engage the MEC of health on the implementation of the NHI which we have started. The pilot project must include labour, in particular the federation. We call on all our members in all regions of the NW to make sure that they participate in the structures of the ANC and make sure that they advance the working class agenda. We call on all our members to join us during the by election campaign in Tlokwe for the coming by election on the 23rd. We call on all our members to join us during the closing of the toll gate of Swartruggens in the next two weeks from today. We call on all our members to join us during the implementation of our program in the mines for the returning of our members back home unintimidated, with no violence, and, during the launching of our 16 days of activism, defending our women’s rights and to stop killing each other in the mines. For more information feel free to call COSATU NW provincial secretary Solly Phetoe [0823044055][/su_spoiler]

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[su_spoiler title=”9th National Congress Resolutions 21 September 2006″ open=”no” icon=”folder-1″]1.1 The Alliance This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. Past COSATU resolutions on the Alliance. 2. A lack of democratic participation exists at all levels, with COSATU, the SACP and even to some extent the ANC itself sidelined from policy development due to the levels of centralisation of power and authority in the office of the Presidency, which has been a driver of policy development. This situation goes hand in hand with the dominant influence of big business on the policy direction of our country and the marginalisation of representative institutions from decision-making. 3. There are continuous tensions amongst the Alliance partners due to lack of consultation, lack of tolerance amongst comrades holding high positions in the Alliance partners, lack of trust amongst leadership of the Alliance partners, etc. 4. There is no alternative political organisation with the mass support of the ANC, which remains the only political party capable of fighting for a non-racial, non-sexist and free democratic society in South Africa. The ANC is however a contested terrain that is lobbied by different strata in our society. This has caused conflict within the ANC and the Alliance and a shift from the ANC’s earlier working-class bias as adopted in its Morogoro Congress of 1969. Believing: 1. The Tripartite Alliance was strategically entered into as a revolutionary vehicle to take forward the objectives of our revolution. 2. Through comradely debates, not bureaucratic suppression of debate, and properly structured processes for arriving at consensus and unity, the proper mode of functioning of the Alliance can be renewed with a focus on the strategic challenges facing our revolution. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. To pursue the following principles that should guide the functioning of the Alliance: While led by the ANC, the partners should recognise one another’s independence in the Alliance and accord each one equal status; Work for mutual benefits in which there is respect and recognition of the role of each component of the Alliance while forging maximum unity; Strengthen one another’s formations, including providing time and resources for organisational building of the Alliance; Manage the tensions in the Alliance by consulting one another through meeting regularly and hammering out the issues; and Promote debate and discussion within the Alliance through democratic participation of the components of the Alliance and strive to resolve such debates through discussion and consensus. 2. The programme of action agreed upon in the Ekurhuleni 2 Summit must be implemented, and in particular: The Alliance must co-ordinate its activities and provide leadership to social transformation in all spheres of society, including civil society and the state; The process of policy development and its implementation should be informed on an on-going basis by a collective endeavour; In order to carry its programmes and maintain unity going forward, the Alliance Secretariat should meet every two weeks to co-ordinate and implement agreed-upon programmes and address other issues that may arise from time to time; The Alliance ten-a-side, which is meant to address policy matters of importance, should meet quarterly for a full day to consider matters advanced by the Secretariat of the Alliance; The Alliance as agreed upon must be convened to develop a longer-term programme of the Alliance on the specific questions that were canvassed in the recent bilaterals between COSATU and the ANC; The structure of the Alliance must be reviewed so that all the partners will play a meaningful role in pursuit of the National Democratic Revolution in all battles of the struggle for both national and social liberation. 3. The interactions of the Alliance should be led by all Alliance partners’ leadership, in particular the top six leaders of each Alliance component. 4. The political centre must be properly defined and constituted as a representative force of the Alliance capable of executing the tasks set by the National Democratic Revolution. 5. The structure of the Alliance must be reviewed such that all the partners will play a meaningful role in the pursuit of the National Democratic Revolution in all battles of the struggle for both national and social liberation. 6. There should be thorough preparation for the transition programme from capitalism to socialism. The radical character of the National Democratic Revolution remains high on the agenda of the working class and must become the guiding force for a coherent Alliance programme aimed at eliminating all forms of inequality. 7. To initiate a debate within the Alliance in the build-up to the 2007 ANC conference and SACP 11th Congress around the restructuring of the Alliance to make it an effective tool for social transformation. This debate should include the following: Combating centralisation and patronage; Confronting and debating ideological differences within the Alliance; Confronting and debating growing class contradictions within the ANC, including the current accumulation path, which is creating a black bourgeoisie, and the need to maintain a pro-working-class, pro-poor agenda and leadership within the ANC and the Alliance; Strengthening the independent programmes of the Alliance partners, e.g. debates about the SACP putting forward candidates should not be seen in opposition to the Alliance strategy; The need for a more structured “pact” between the parties, with conditions and agreed minimum goals. This should include agreements on deployments and quotas for representation of the different Alliance partners at every level, with independent caucuses and the power of recall to ensure accountability. 8. An Alliance-led deployment committee should oversee the whole process of deployment. 9. Mutual respect should be observed between all members of the alliance. 10. Sufficient time should be given to engage on crucial matters for consideration. This will lead to less tension between the partners of the Alliance. 11. In the event the SACP decides to contest the next elections, COSATU should call a special Central Committee to consider the Federation’s position. 1-2 Advancing working-class hegemony within the ANC This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. The current class composition of the structures of the ANC. 2. That COSATU, as a component of the working class, has a class interest in the policy direction that the ANC and the state pursue. 3. That while the historical constituency of the ANC remains the black working class and poor majority, the national leadership of the ANC is increasingly becoming capitalist and middle-strata in composition and character. Furthermore the organisation is also dominated by cadres drawn from the state and there are far too few cadres from outside of the state. Working-class leadership has been weakened within the national leadership structures of the ANC. 4. The undefined role of ANC in relation to the state has rendered the ANC ineffective in relation to the mass movements and connections with the masses of our people. 5. A leadership debate underway in our country has polarised the Alliance formations, and COSATU, as a component of the working class, has a class interest in who leads the ANC and what policy direction the ANC and the state develop and pursue. 6. It has become a habit to elevate individuals over principle, undermining the revolutionary morality that has guided the liberation movement. 7. The resolution of the Eighth National Congress for COSATU members to “swell the ranks of the ANC.” Believing: As an organised formation of the working class, we have a principled and non-sectarian interest in the working-class biasness of the ANC, and the policy orientation and leadership of the ANC must reflect its working-class biasness. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. That the Eighth National Congress resolution on swelling the ranks of the ANC must be based on the following guidelines: Working-class cadres must ensure that activities of the ANC structures (including meeting agendas) are dominated by working-class issues and concerns such as the pursuit of all the Freedom Charter demands, and not dominated by narrow BEE interests, tenders, factionalism etc.; Working-class cadres must contest for leading positions of the ANC to ensure that business personalities do not dominate the ANC; Working-class cadres must expose the post-1996 class project, its limitations and its crisis. This must not be done in a factionalist manner, but in a manner that encourages debate and discussion within the ANC structures; Working-class cadres must promote the unity of the Alliance and involvement of the Alliance in all activities of the ANC and visa versa. 2. The structures of the affiliates and the Federation must on an ongoing basis do an audit to assess whether we are realising the decision which calls on our members to swell the ranks of the ANC and participate within the structures of the ANC. 3. Debates of the leadership of the ANC must be informed by our political objectives stated in this resolution as well as endeavours to unite the liberation movement. a. The first Central Committee after this Ninth National Congress must enter into a principled debate and resolve on the programme that must unite the liberation movement and identify leadership which can best pursue a programme in the interest of the working class; b. Upon resolving on the above, the Central Committee must give a mandate to the Central Executive Committee and the National Office Bearers to manage this process so that it is not handled in a factionalist way within the structures of the Alliance. 4. While COSATU will continue to support the ANC in the next period, we note that currently the ANC is dominated by the interests of capital rather than the working class. COSATU at its first CEC in 2007 should develop a set of policy objectives against which to measure the extent to which the ANC is able to shift to represent the interest of the working class. The criteria shall include: Implementing the nationalisation provisions of the Freedom Charter; An end to privatisation, public-private partnerships and the commercialisation and commodification of service delivery; The adoption of economic policy that ensures the distribution of wealth to the poor; The abolition of legislation that is not worker-friendly. 5. The criteria must include measurable outcomes, with specified timescales so that by June 2008 we are able to assess the extent to which these criteria have been met. The hope is that other unions, NGOs and social movements will generate their own list of demands. In this way all issues will be covered. 6. On the basis of progress made in this regard, the COSATU CEC shall deliberate on the way forward. 7. Through systematic implementation of the 2015 Plan, in particular the call on workers to swell the ranks of the ANC, to reclaim ownership of the ANC so that it becomes a true instrument of people’s power and plays a positive role towards the achievement of a free, just and equal South Africa. To this end, our members, particularly the leadership, should bring their ANC membership cards to all Constitutional meetings as proof and encouragement to other members to join. The CEC has a responsibility to monitor this adequately. 8. The forthcoming ANC national conference presents another opportunity for the working class to assert its leadership of the NDR. 9. To popularise our understanding that the ANC must have a pro-poor/pro-working-class bias, and be an anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist liberation movement. 1-3 The SACP and state power This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. The Eighth National Congress resolution on building the SACP. 2. The lack of resources in the SACP makes it difficult for it to conduct its political work more effectively. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. To reaffirm the Eighth National Congress resolution on building a strong, independent SACP as an instrument of the working class, including through the provision of resources by the Federation and affiliates. 2. To create clear mechanisms to synergise the SACP’s medium-term vision and COSATU’s 2015 Plan, and to locate any decision on the SACP’s participation in the elections in that context. The SACP should engage other Alliance partners to determine the manner in which it will enter the electoral processes. 3. To call on the SACP to unite the progressive left formations, including left-wing political formations committed towards a radical transformation and socialism. Part of the work to achieve the above requires the following: The SACP needs to initiate the unity of the left movements that believe in socialism as part of a process of building a popular movement towards socialism, including convening the Conference of the Left; The SACP needs to work hard in its work to transform trade union consciousness into working-class consciousness; The SACP must link working-class political consciousness with other forms of social consciousness. 4. In the event the SACP deciding to contest political power as the independent working class party, the Alliance should be engaged to determine the manner in which the SACP would enter the electoral process, and mobilise the electorate for that eventuality. 5. The SACP must now begin to develop policy positions on the following key areas of state power: the nature of the developmental state; land redistribution; developing fundamental basic necessities; deployment of Communist cadres in strategic centres of power; contesting elections; and commitment of resources for recruitment to take forward the COSATU’s 2015 Plan and the SACP’s Medium Term Vision. 6. COSATU and the SACP must have a clear programme on a path to socialism that would encourage individual members to make financial contributions to the SACP. The CEC must ensure a systematic campaign to strengthen the debit order campaign. Any contributions from workers and affiliates to the SACP should be on a voluntary basis. 7. COSATU leadership must lead by example and be card-carrying members of the SACP. 8. COSATU will set up its own taskteam, constituted by affiliates’ General Secretaries and NALEDI, to conduct a detailed and deep but urgent global survey of the prospects for socialism in South Africa. The survey must. Seek to establish how much support among South African workers of all races exists for the SACP to contest political power towards a socialist South Africa; Identify ways to forge direct working relationships with progressive working people and political formations throughout the world; 9. The process must culminate in a draft Manifesto of the Working Class in South Africa that will inform all the campaigns of the Federation and the SACP. 10. COSATU must design a short, medium and long term sequenced political and education programme of action for its members to ensure that by the time of the Fourth Central Committee it has concrete proposals on the way forward towards a socialist South Africa. These proposals should be placed before the SACP. COSATU must develop programmes and activities that expose the agenda behind the post-1996 class project and its threat to our NDR. 11. The NOBs must table at the first CEC in 2007 a time-bound programme of work with clear allocation of responsibilities for achieving these resolutions on socialism. 1-4 The National Democratic Revolution (NDR) and socialism This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. The persistent dominance of a perspective that separates national democracy from socialism, with the so-called “Third Way” dominating the international political discourse. 2. A conservative economic policy that limits spending on social and economic development programmes, while business wants to roll back the progressive labour regime established after 1994. 3. A revolution is worth nothing if it cannot defend itself and seize state power. 4. Historically, the NDR has always provided a clear and unambiguous attitude towards socialism. Currently, the clear dangers are that the historical attitude of the NDR towards socialism is being challenged within the Alliance. 5. Since the April 1994 democratic breakthrough, while the theory of the NDR has been fully adopted by the ANC through its strategy and tactics, the relationship between the NDR and socialism has not been fully discussed within the ANC itself. Failure to address this question has been partly responsible for the rupture on our shared understanding of the NDR. 6. The strategic socialist direction of the NDR has been increasingly challenged by a capitalist agenda, for example through the post-1996 class project. 7. In recent times, the leadership role of the NDR has been taken over by other class forces, particular the capitalist class. This is demonstrated by the fact that the capitalist class (black or white) has been the main beneficiary since the April 1994 democratic breakthrough. 8. The current trajectory of the NDR, if left unchallenged, can deliver our revolution into the hands of the capitalist class. Believing: 1. The NDR seeks to resolve national, class and gender contradictions in our society and lay the basis for socialism, which means it must affect property relations. 2. Because of the multi-class character of the NDR, various class forces continue to contest its essence. 3. Since the ascendancy of the ANC into power, the primary contradiction has begun to elevate itself, with a life-and-death fight now underway for the control of the ANC between the working class and the comprador, parasitic, aspirant black capitalist class. 4. The comprador element has gained access and influence through the office of the Presidency in policy formulation to disarm and re-direct the NDR from its socialist orientation envisaged in the Morogoro and Kabwe conferences and the Green Book. 5. The post-1996 class project is in deep crisis and the solution can only be provided by a working class leadership of the NDR. The solution requires a complete break with the policies promoted or advanced by this class project. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. The Alliance is meant to achieve a minimum programme and, given its multi-class character and the associated limitations, the Alliance cannot be the vehicle to achieve an egalitarian society. 2. The working class must re-direct the NDR towards socialism and jealously guard it against opportunistic tendencies that are attempting to wrest it from achieving its logical conclusion, which is socialism. 3. The working class should assert its leadership role of the NDR, and not outsource this leadership role to other class forces. 4. The working class must mobilise society and all progressive forces against the current macroeconomic framework. 5. We must bring back the fundamental thrust of the Freedom Charter and the RDP on nationalisation of key and strategic industries. 6. The state should take drastic steps on the redistribution of wealth, e.g. via the tax system. 7. This decade must be dedicated to a struggle to challenge and defeat the dominance of white monopoly capital, which reproduces itself through the emerging parasitic black capitalists. We must consistently expose and struggle against the neo-liberal agenda of the state, which leads to the growing impoverishment of the working class and the poor. 8. The National Liberation Movement as led by the ANC should speed up the process of reviewing the clauses affecting the working class in the national Constitution that could contribute towards a developmental state. The sunset clause entered into with the National Party should be reviewed. 9. We should define in practical terms the political economy of the NDR in the current epoch as articulated in the Freedom Charter. 10. We adopt an official position that rejects the separation of the NDR from socialism and asserts that the dictatorship of the proletariat is the only guarantee that there will be a transition from NDR to socialism. 11. A popular movement towards socialism, located within a restructured Alliance and involving a range of mass movements, must be formed to assert the leadership of the working class in the NDR. 12. To directly call for an open debate and discussion within the ANC (and the Alliance as a whole) on the relationship between the NDR and socialism. This debate must be accommodated at the 2007 ANC National conference. 1-5 Strengthening democracy This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. The current Constitution was a compromise with many problematic elements such as the property clause, the promotion of a degree of federalism and the electoral system that does not promote accountability of people’s representatives. 2. The degree to which a federal system in the form of provincial legislatures has become wasteful of resources permits destructive competition amongst provinces, prevents radical redistributive measures, and marginalises citizens who live in smaller or poorer provinces. 3. The Eighth National Congress resolution on the electoral system called for a mixed electoral system at national, provincial and local level and specifically proposed 65% constituency-based and 35% proportional representation. Believing: Our democracy must be anti-imperialist and jealously safeguard the interest of popular classes and the sovereignty to make its policies. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. Floor-crossing legislation must be totally scrapped. 2. To seek to convince our Alliance partners on the need to test the attitude of the electorate toward a constituency-based electoral system through a referendum. To this end a ballot should be conducted of all people during May and June 2007. 3. A constitutional review/amendment conference should be convened as soon as possible after the 2007 ANC conference. Its primary tasks would include: Developing mechanisms to incorporate systematically the Freedom Charter economic clauses and deal systematically with the property clause; Developing a process of abolishing provincial legislatures and establish a unitary system of government; Reviewing and reworking the present electoral system on the basis of the current COSATU proposals for a mixed electoral system. 4. To campaign for inclusion of these demands in the manifesto of the ANC, and mandate the leadership of COSATU to pursue them in Alliance meetings. 5. The Alliance must develop a people-centred and people-driven consultation process on demarcation, and provide guidance to the demarcation board. 6. Participatory democracy must be the defining feature in which the state fosters popular involvement in governance and decision-making processes. 1-6 Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. This year, 50 years after the 1956 women’s march to Pretoria to protest the pass laws, the struggle for women’s total emancipation is far from over. 2. The way in which gender issues are raised, even in the past decade of our democracy, has focused mostly on women representivity at the expense of broader issues affecting women. 3. The current top-down approach adopted by organisers of the National Women’s Movement (NWM) undermines the intention of empowering women in all sectors of society. 4. The emergence of other social and support groups like the Progressive Women`s Movement of South Africa aiming to empower women, which could however be hijacked by elitist and BEE-type groups, which would reproduce and exacerbate the economic and social oppression of women and widening inequalities in South Africa. Believing: 1. The time has come for the working class of South Africa, 12 years into democracy, to define a clear working-class perspective on the thorny issue of not only the triple (class, national and gender) oppression and exploitation of women, but also how to most effectively mobilise all working-class women and men to struggle for full and true equality within and between the sexes. 2. The same radical approach that we have used to fight racial discrimination and class oppression must be adopted in the struggle to fight for gender inequality and women. 3. The struggle for gender equality should be waged by women and men. The gender content of our revolution cannot be addressed effectively unless we have a strong working-class-led progressive women’s movement at the head of such a struggle. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. A forum of women activists within COSATU and SACP should be established to develop intervention strategies to promote working-class leadership as well as take up issues affecting women workers and the poor within the progressive women’s movement. 2. To support the Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa and its aim of empowering women and removing gender bias. All women in South Africa must own the Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa. 3. COSATU should build a new working relationship with the Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa only around specific issues that are pro-poor and pro-women workers. 4. COSATU Provincial Gender Structures must be the driving force to take issues to the Progressive National Women’s Movement of South Africa. The gender structures must: Develop a clear programme that deals with poor women’s struggles in society, and Develop a clear reporting structure, i.e. at local level, regional level, provincial and national level. 5. Women in COSATU must be encouraged to join the ANC and SACP women structures. 1.7 Monuments to worker heroes: This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. Workers have always been in the forefront of the liberation struggle, but many who sacrificed enormously have not been sufficiently profiled as heroes and heroines of our struggle. 2. The failure to profile these leaders could mean the new generation loses its knowledge of its history. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. COSATU recognise the role played by workers in the struggle by building monuments in their towns. 2. COSATU recognise the role played by working-class leaders by building a workers’ monument, and engage government on building a museum for worker heroes and heroines. 3. The affiliates will submit names of the past heroes and heroines to COSATU, and the CEC be mandated to establish a task team to receive the names and verify them before compiling a final list for consideration to the first CEC of COSATU in 2007. 1-8 Special Resolution on the Deputy President of the ANC This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. The outcome of the case against the Deputy President of the ANC in the Pietermaritzburg High Court. 2. The comments of the judge about the case. 3. The role of the NPA and other state agencies in building a case against the Deputy President of the ANC through the use of media and unsupported insinuations. 4. The failure to protect the basic Constitutional rights of the Deputy President of the ANC. 5. The position adopted by COSATU to defend the basic Constitutional rights of the Deputy President of the ANC. 6. The continued controversy surrounding the arms deal and COSATU’s call for a full investigation of the arms deal. Believing: 1. That COSATU and the Deputy President of the ANC have been vindicated. 2. The NPA and other state agencies have not acted in good faith and should not be used for narrow political ends. 3. That the constitutional rights of all citizens must be protected. 4. That corruption needs to be combated and rooted out. 5. That attempts to re-introduce charges on this case will amount to a malicious prosecution of Jacob Zuma. 6. That the judgement in the Shabir Shaik case, insofar as it makes a finding on Jacob Zuma, undermines the common law principle of hearing both sides. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. To call for the urgent convening of the Alliance to discuss the political management of this matter. 2. To call for the judiciary to protect South African democracy without being influenced. 3. The Scorpions should be incorporated into the South African police services under one Commissioner. 4. To reaffirm the decisions of the Central Committee of COSATU in relation to the support for the ANC Deputy President Jacob Zuma, including the call for a full and impartial investigation into the arms deal. 5. To welcome the judgement and to call on all parties to respect it, and to congratulate the Deputy President of the ANC on the outcome of his court case. In addition, Jacob Zuma should be treated as any other innocent citizen. 6. To call for the legal moves against the Deputy President of the ANC to be laid to rest once and for all. 7. To call for a review of the activities and role of the NPA and other state agencies. 8. To call for the immediate reinstatement of Comrade Jacob Zuma to the position of Deputy President of South Africa. 2. Organisational Resolutions 2.1 Constitutional amendments This Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. To replace all references to “Region” with “Province” wherever it appears in the constitution and any reference to “Regional Office Bearers” in the constitution must be replaced with “Provincial Office Bearers”. 2. Term of office for Local Office Bearers: The term of office for local office bearers to be aligned to that of the provincial and national office bearers i.e. 3 years. 3. Removal of Local Office Bearers: To add a new paragraph 8.5 in the constitution that deals with the “Removal of the Local Office Bearers,” as follows: “ A Local Office Bearer shall vacate his/her position if he/she: No longer pays union subscriptions to his/her affiliate subject to provisions of affiliate’s Constitution. Has not attended three consecutive meetings of the Local Shop Stewards Council or Local Executive Committee without sending a reasonable written apology. Is no longer employed and or has resigned from the workplace and ceases to be a member of the affiliated union in good standing.” In addition, to add a new paragraph 8.6 as follows: “In the event that there is a suspension of a Local Office Bearer, he/she shall temporary vacate his/her position until the matter has been finalised or alternatively, in the event where a Local Office Bearer has been suspended by his/her union, such office bearer shall temporarily vacate his her position until his/her suspension process have been finalised. 4. Duties of the Central Committee (CC): The CC duties to be clearly defined and to deal with the assessment and the implementation of resolutions, not only to draft resolutions on urgent matters at the time of the CC. 5. To amend the Constitution so that only stewards or elected worker representatives or the office bearers of affiliates in good standing are eligible for election to the positions of President, Deputy President, Second Deputy President, and Treasurer. 2.2 Farm workers, farm dwellers, labour tenants and land reform This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. Twelve years into democracy, farm workers’/dwellers’ access to a better life is still a pipe dream. Farm workers/dwellers and their next of kin continue to be intimidated and brutally killed by farm owners and generally continue to suffer tenure insecurity, poverty, indignity, and even child labour and forced labour. 2. Farm workers and labour tenants have not benefited from land reform, instead facing evictions reminiscent of the apartheid era. The market-based land reform policy of the State cannot benefit the poor majority of rural people. 3. Farm workers and labour tenants face an often indifferent police and judiciary as well as inadequate support from Department of Labour inspectors and other government representatives. Believing: 1. New policy proposals concerning farm workers’, farm dwellers’ and labour tenants’ housing must include proper participation by those who are directly affected. 2. Organising and servicing farm workers is a mammoth task that needs to be adequately resourced in the light of the difficult terrain of the agricultural sector, ranging from distance and poor roads, to scarce transport, trespass and private property laws, private security etc. 3. Farm workers’ limited union membership is a major factor behind their continued oppression. There are about million farm workers – almost one worker in ten in South Africa – but only about 10% belong to a union. 4. The current recruitment campaign budget should cover or include the organising of farm workers and farm dwellers as part of the 2015 Plan. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. To roll out a grassroots media campaign, using a widely adopted declaration condemning slavery, indignity, and poverty on farms and in the agribusiness sector. 2. To call for a special Tripartite Alliance Summit to decide on programmes to address the plight of farm workers/dwellers. 3. All affiliates must set aside resources for recruitment campaign in line with previous Congress resolutions. COSATU CEC should make available resources to focus on organising farm workers. 4. To set up a COSATU Campaigns Committee to roll-out an organising plan and campaign strategy, taking into account the ongoing processes of land and agrarian reform and the SACP’s Red October Campaign, with the following elements: a. The concept of roving health and safety representatives be adopted as a way of improving occupational health and safety on farms in order to complement the work of existing Government inspectors. b. The transformation of the judiciary and law enforcement agencies through the establishment of an investigating agency against abuses and murders of farm workers and their families. 5. To call on the Department of Labour to speed-up the implementation of a new campaign, with trade unions and civil society, to liberate farm workers as agreed at the meeting on 31 March 2006 concerning the continued sub-ordination and abuse of farm workers. The campaign could have the following items: To reaffirm our commitment to the total elimination of child labour in the agricultural sector; To advocate that the Department of Education defines farm schools as “no-fee schools” and organises adequate scholar transport; To advocate that the Department of Health prioritises farm worker access to mobile clinics and emergency medical treatment, including transport by public and private ambulance services; To advocate that the State expropriate land for the roll out of government services and amenities such as schools and health care facilities, and where appropriate, cemeteries; To ensure that farm workers, farm dwellers and labour tenants have identity documentation, knowledge of, and access to, social grants like child support grants, old-age pensions and disability grants, amongst others; To advocate that government, in partnership with trade unions and civil society, develop and implement a proactive strategy to ensure security of tenure for farm workers, farm dwellers and labour tenants. 6. To call for government to speed up the implementation of a farm worker, farm dweller and labour tenant housing policy that is based on direct and proper consultation with those who are directly affected and a full consideration of the impact of each policy option (e.g. on-farm housing and other proposals). 7. Farm workers and dwellers should have access to basic services and infrastructure. 8. Contribute to the building of popular structures or organs of the rural poor struggling for a comprehensive agrarian reform in the countryside. 9. Call on government to introduce a moratorium on evictions of farm workers and dwellers. 10. Call on government to engage civil society organisations in the land sector and affected communities in a transparent and participatory process to review existing legislation aimed at protecting tenure security of the rural poor, especially women and children. 2.3 Quota system in the Federation This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. The 2003 Congress resolved that the quota system applicable to the Federation should be set by the CEC and quota systems applicable to affiliates should be set by affiliates. It said that quotas should be based on the share of women in membership and the need to rapidly develop women leadership. 2. The CEC of the Federation has not set a quota for itself, and many affiliates have not met their own quotas. The public face of the Federation remains almost exclusively male. 3. Women continue to be marginalised in the Federation and its affiliates. Gender equality is not just about numbers and quotas but also about eliminating the psychological, economic and social oppression that women have to endure as a result of male chauvinism and patriarchal society. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. To reaffirm the Eighth Congress Resolutions on gender. 2. COSATU must raise a developmental path that will not only talk to representivity but also be able to address situations in which ordinary women are affected. We must reaffirm empowerment of women in all Federation policies. 3. By the next Congress to provide an assessment on achievement of balanced gender representation, taking into account the proportion of women members in the union. By 2015, where applicable, all affiliates should have a 50% quota of women at all leadership levels. Women workers must be encouraged to participate in all decision-making structures of the Federation, taking into account sectoral dynamics. 4. Affiliates and COSATU should develop a guide to report with regard to women development through scorecards and an annual audit. All the affiliates of COSATU must conduct thorough audits of their gender programmes and take concrete steps to ensure that their members are not polluted by the fashionable elitist, rightwing and capitalist philosophies that only serve to entrench gender inequalities, no matter how sweet sounding and well intentioned they may be. 5. The Federation and its affiliates must implement capacity building programmes for women workers that remove the stereotypes and indoctrination of the past and debate the issues of patriarchy and stereotypes within our structures. 6. COSATU must take practical measures and steps, through the production and running of a national gender programme, to instil in all members a working class and scientific Marxist-Leninist attitude to the question of gender. The gender programme must include education and teachings on revolutionary culture, socialisation, sexuality and relationships. It must combat male chauvinism, the culture and practice of the patriarchy, and all social and psychological aspects, which perpetuate inequalities and exploitation and oppression between the sexes. 7. COSATU and all its affiliates must always seek to understand, and explain to the masses, how the current capitalist accumulation path continuously produces and reproduces the historic exploitation, oppression and domination of women. In particular, COSATU needs to urgently conduct research to audit the extent to which BEE has negatively impacted on the struggle to liberate women from class, gender and national oppression and exploitation. 8. Resource should be allocated to build capacity of women and enable gender structure to carry out their work. 9. NALEDI to conduct research on women representation and submit findings to the CEC for consideration. 10. Within male dominated sectors gender discrimination should be vigorously addressed and equity plans should be implemented. 2.4 Solidarity amongst COSATU affiliates This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. Workers continue to wage heroic struggles in defence of their living standards, mainly in the form of strikes. 2. Our strikes are often isolated since there is very little active solidarity from workers in other sectors of the economy. Solidarity in COSATU is too often defined in general terms instead of ensuring practical internal solidarity. 3. Different approaches by individual COSATU affiliates towards collective bargaining gives employers leeway to defeat or frustrate them, weakens solidarity from other affiliates, and makes it difficult to measure affiliates’ successes and failures. 4. The current ongoing strikes in different sector led by COSATU unions. 5. Aggression by bosses including the employment of scab labour with the aim of undermining the workers strikes. Believing: 1. The current strikes require urgent co-ordination and solidarity. 2. The importance of rebuilding the foundation of worker solidarity. 3. The need for political intervention. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. COSATU Congress should resolve on common collective bargaining guidelines and a single forum for COSATU affiliates. 2. Affiliates must provide regular reports on strikes and other collective disputes to the Federation through joint mandating committees. 3. To mandate the CEC: To ensure that a comprehensive capacity building programme on strike organisation is developed for all organisers and negotiators. To facilitate regular sharing of information on strike tactics amongst affiliates. To redefine the role of the Organising Unit to ensure that it gives strikes the necessary focus and attention. To establish a campaigns forum or structure that will constantly monitor and develop strikes and solidarity organisation, as well as related solidarity action across affiliates instead of each affiliate or even the company on strike left on its own and merely receiving moral message of support without concrete action. To consider establishing solidarity funds both at affiliates and Federation level. The CEC should develop a policy on the utilisation of the fund. Strike funds should aim to help workers during strikes due to lost wages. 4. COSATU to assist its affiliates in cases of need for sustenance of their industrial actions over a long period of time. 5. To review labour law provision on secondary/solidarity strike. 6. COSATU should immediately organise a well-coordinated programme of mass pickets in support of the current strikes. 7. COSATU should work towards a day of action in solidarity with the strikes. 8. COSATU should target companies that undermine strikes including calling on government not to grant tenders to such companies. 3. Socio-Economic Resolutions 3.1 Jobs and Poverty Campaign This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. The continued relevance of the resolutions of the 2003 COSATU Congress on the Proudly SA Campaign, restructuring and job losses and the declaration on the strength of the rand. 2. More than ten years into the democratic dispensation, our society is still ravaged by extremely high levels of unemployment, poverty arising from unemployment and low pay for workers, extremely high levels of inequality; and high school drop out rates due to poor budgets and unaffordable school fees. 3. Globalisation has led to the restructuring of the working class through mass retrenchments and layoffs and the expansion of casual, temporary, outsourced and other atypical work. 4. Import levels have caused serious damage to many industries, particularly in clothing, textile and footwear and other light manufacturing sectors 5. The medium-term vision of the Federation the 2015 plan places the defence and creation of quality jobs firmly on the Federation’s agenda, in line with the commitments of the Freedom Charter and the RDP to ensuring work for all. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. The Jobs and Poverty Campaign should be the centrepiece of COSATU and affiliate campaigns in the three years ahead. 2. The campaign should include a focus on the following components: A living wage for workers as the primary means of combating growing poverty. The living wage should be the cornerstone of the work of the trade union movement. A comprehensive plan to create quality jobs and to ensure that the millions of unemployed are able to work in conditions of decent work. In addition the state should provide a living unemployed benefit. Our campaign to stop privatisation and job losses. The state should provide permanent, quality jobs in the public service and not temporary, low-paid jobs as envisaged in the Extended Public Works Programme. The state should increase tax on company profits and the rich while scrapping VAT. Trade agreements should not undermine the capacity of developing countries to build a strong economic base, and in this context we reject the attempts through the WTO to have further trade liberalisation that would cause massive job losses in South Africa and a number of other countries of the south or to coerce developing countries to expand trade negotiations, and hence limit national government sovereignty, on issues such as services, investment and government procurement. . Fair trade as a basis for our trading relationship with other countries, with respect for worker rights in all trading nations, fair access for developing countries to the markets of developed countries and fair prices for goods from the South. We do not accept the suggested trade-off between agreed market access on agriculture in the north, with opening of markets in the south, since the goal of the trade talks are to foster a development round Industrial policy measures and framework to rebuild and modernise our manufacturing base, create strong links between services and manufacturing and beneficiate more local products. Labour market policies and laws that promote quality jobs, decent work and rights for all workers, including those at small businesses and strengthening of bargaining councils Economic policies to ensure that all policies promote the growth of decent work (more jobs and better jobs for all). A 2010 World Cup that is developmental in focus and creates quality jobs. The 2010 World Cup to be bound by an Agreement to support the Proudly SA campaign and promote fair labour standards. The Proudly SA and buy ‘locally manufactured’ campaigns as ways of retaining jobs in South Africa, with public sector and retailer commitments to the campaigns. Government procurement should support the local industry and all three levels of government should, wherever possible, procure all their goods from companies who manufacture them locally, with respect for the rights of workers. Retailers should ensure that at least 75% of their light consumer goods (clothing, footwear, food, plastics, etc) are manufactured locally and should enter into a Code on Procurement with the union movement to achieve this. Government tender standards should include observance of fair labour standards as well as local procurement. Competition authorities should be bound to a strong job security and job creation mandate and should be required to work with trade unions to ensure compliance with this mandate. Worker cooperatives must be considered as one key means of saving jobs To review insolvency laws to ensure that saving jobs become a priority. 3. To welcome the quota introduced on clothing and textile products from China, and in this context to: Call on retailers to shift their sourcing to companies that manufacture in South Africa Launch a public information campaign aimed at consumers and workers, to draw attention to the job losses caused by imports Monitor the buying patterns of retailers through partnerships between SACCAWU and other manufacturing unions and take further action should sourcing not be shifted to South Africa 4. To have a full discussion around the nature of the demands as well as the tactics of the campaign in all COSATU and affiliate structures. 5. Our mass strikes and protest actions should not only take a one-day form but should be sustained until our demands are met. 6. The demands should also focus on key demands such as for the nationalisation under workers’ control of the commanding heights of the economy, industries or companies where retrenchments are envisaged or have taken place. 7. COSATU and the SACP must do everything in their power to redirect the energy of the state towards a planned economy capable of meeting the needs of the people and the poor; such a planned economy must not rule out the possibilities for nationalisation and redistribution of the country’s vast and enormous material resources. 8. To reject free trade agreements (bilateral or multilateral) that will lead to job losses, and work with unions elsewhere in the world to defeat attempts through WTO agreements to limit policy space for developing countries. 9. To have a national retrenchment monitoring system, initially on information supplied by COSATU and the other trade union Federations with quarterly data released to the public, with a view to an agreement at Nedlac for the general release of this information. 10. To actively involve ourselves in community campaigns for the provision of basic social services, including the right to decent housing, education, transport and health (free provision of ARVs by state hospitals, etc). 11. To form coalitions with all forces committed to the objectives of the Jobs and Poverty Campaign. 12. To form a United Front Jobs and Poverty Campaign Forum, consisting of COSATU, affiliates and our allies and supporters of the campaign, community organisations, NGOs, SACP etc. that will meet regularly and co-ordinate the campaign. 13. The campaign should be built from the bottom-up and not driven only as a high-profile media campaign by a few leaders. To this extent industrial and community locals have to be resuscitated and resourced. 14. Attention should be focussed on weaker affiliates to ensure strengthening of COSATU in the provinces and meaningful participation of all workers in the campaign. 15. A concerted attempt within affiliates and by the Federation should be made to organise the unemployed, informal workers and casuals. This should be co-ordinated by the COSATU organisers’ forum. 16. The Central Executive Committee and the Central Committee should ensure full implementation of the different elements and to give effect to the existing COSATU policies. 3.2 HIV/AIDS This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. Extensive COSATU resolutions on HIV/AIDS at previous congresses and Central Committees. 2. That 80% of AIDS related deaths are from TB. 3. The emergence of multi-drug resistant TB is of grave concern. 4. That our health system is crumbling under the dual burden of TB and HIV and AIDS. 5. The emergence of the fatal XDR TB resulting from failure of the Department of Health to respond with urgency on early warnings. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. To reaffirm resolutions of the Eighth National Congress. 2. To support systems at workplaces and strengthen the practical side of the education and treatment components of the campaign. 3. To set a target of 100 000 workers a month to be covered by union workplace communication on HIV and AIDS. 4. To train 20 000 peer educators annually. 5. To continue campaigning for free care and treatment for people living with HIV and AIDS accessed from where it is convenient for the person. 6. Normalisation of HIV infection as with other medical conditions (diabetes, hypertension, asthma etc. 7. The Department of Health must do its job to protect society from unfounded claims of cures for HIV and AIDS in violation of the laws of the country. 8. To square our efforts on prevention. 9. Employers should be encouraged to adopt orphanages. 10. To call for urgent action in producing drugs believed to be effective against XDR TB. 11. That the Minister of Health must declare a national disaster and reintroduce the vertical programmes to deal with these diseases. 12. Government must meet immediately with COSATU health sector affiliates and other social formations together with the World Health Organisation to address the emergency that TB, especially XDR TB, represents to South Africa and to design a public response with all concerned. 3.3 Import-parity pricing This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. Import-parity pricing by monopolistic producers is stifling the growth of downstream manufacturing in South Africa and pushes up the prices of low-cost housing, food and medicine. 2. The unregulated export of scrap metal also deprives local producers of needed inputs. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. To ensure that the practice of import-parity pricing in our industries is corrected, and to campaign against upstream companies who persist in pursuing this practice at the expense of downstream industries. 2. To push for the regulation of key industries involved in the manufacturing of industrial goods through consultation between the stakeholders at NEDLAC and international level. 3. To call for amendment of the Competition Act to establish a price and monitoring system to ensure compliance by companies and prevent companies from exerting undue market influence. 4. To ensure that import-parity pricing is strictly controlled with respect to products that are significant to poor people such as food, medicine and housing material. 5. The state should play a central role in regulating the exportation of scrap metal, in order to allow local businesses access to scrap metal at a competitive price. 6. CEC to establish a focus group to discuss IPP in all sectors of the economy. 7. COSATU should be regularly highlighting the negative effect of import-parity pricing on jobs. 3.4 State involvement in the economy This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. Clause 3 of the Freedom Charter says, “The national wealth of the country, the heritage of all South Africans, shall be restored to the people,” and “The mineral wealth beneath the soil shall be transferred to the ownership of the people.” 2. Instead of pursuing this demand the government is handing over key economic sectors like mining to few rich individuals. This cannot benefit the majority of the people. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. The government should be engaged through COSATU and other organs of civil society should call for the establishment of a national company owned by the people through the state in key strategic sector. The state company should also own key strategic sectors of the economy. 2. The proceeds of this company will be channelled into financing programmes to deal with socio-economic challenges of our country particularly those facing the poor. Government must: (Re)nationalise key industries that used to belong to the state, beginning with SASOL; Pass legislation to allow state takeover of industries that are either closed or abandoned by owners or financially troubled. This must be done through direct involvement of workers affected; and Return to the Freedom Charter demands for nationalisation of the monopoly industries like the mines and the banks. 3. To campaign within the Alliance and society at large for the nationalisation of economic assets in key economic sectors such as minerals, telecommunications, petrochemical, etc. 4. To call on government that the National Empowerment Fund, Sibiya Fund, etc. and other entities such as the IDC and PIC are oriented towards supporting popular forms of ownership and distribution of economic wealth such as cooperatives. 5. To call on all COSATU affiliates to disallow their investment companies from legitimising the current accumulation regime by participation in BEE deals. 6. To call on all COSATU investment companies to reorient themselves towards cooperatives and other progressive forms of ownership. 3.5 Industrial strategy and economic policy-making This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. The adoption of an Industrial Strategy and economic policy for COSATU takes into consideration the main demands arising from COSATU ’s Central Committee on industrial strategy (as articulated in Book 6 of 2006 Congress documentation); as well as COSATU’s position on the Growth and Development Summit (GDS); and government’s Accelerated Shared Growth Initiative (ASGI-SA) Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. The main demands of COSATU on industrial policy include the following: The developmental state. The state must absolutely prioritise sustainable employment creation, which combines economic development with an expansion in decent work. Moreover, the state must have structures that can drive development through a combination of discipline and resourcing for capital. At the same time, it must ensure broad participation in policy development, especially by organisations representing working people. Fiscal and monetary policy. Fiscal policy must become more expansionary. Interest and foreign-exchange rates must be designed to support increased investment and growth in exports. In particular, targets for the Reserve Bank should include the current employment and growth targets. That generally requires a reduction in real interest rates to levels comparable or lower than South Africa’s main trading partners. The state must do more to make development finance institutions, especially the IDC, support its initiatives. Skills development. While the national skills strategy sets a crucial framework for skills development on a mass scale, it has not succeeded in ensuring that lower-level workers have access to qualifications and career paths. We need a stronger analysis to understand the reasons for these shortcomings. Unionisation. To ensure growth brings about decent work requires that workers entering newly created jobs also join unions. The labour laws never work primarily through government inspections, but rather through union monitoring and action. Government must do more explicitly to support organisation in vulnerable sectors, rather than relying only on its own power to set standards. Sector strategies. COSATU has long argued that specific sectoral strategies are needed to restructure the economy toward more equitable, job-creating growth. This is a long-run process. It takes at least five to ten years to change the sectoral structure of the economy substantially. Effective interventions must be geared consistently and systematically toward the new growth path. 2. Sector strategies must ensure, as far as possible, that every major economic sector: Protects and creates sustainable and decent employment Meets basic needs better, by cutting prices or improving the quality of goods used by the poor Ensures adequate exports to obtain necessary imports, which means continued diversification in mining, and an active beneficiation strategy remains critical Contributes to development in the former homeland areas and in neighbouring countries Supports more collective ownership, especially through the public sector, a strong co-operatives movement and enhanced worker and community control. 3. A critical task is to identify industries that are both relatively labour intensive and sustainable – that is, able to grow substantially for the foreseeable future. Generally, considerable state support will be required to help these industries take off while achieving more equitable outcomes. 4. This approach differs from the current government strategy in that: It sees the domestic market as an important source of growth for labour-intensive production, rather than focusing narrowly on export industries. It does not glorify high-tech production, rather arguing that production of basic goods for the poor in South Africa and the region at least may provide an important source of employment growth. By extension, it requires a low exchange rate as well as measures to reduce the cost of living in order to make possible competition with Asian suppliers who typically undervalue their currencies and subsidise key goods and services. 5. Critical structural changes for this industrial policy include: A substantial expansion in agriculture and food processing for both the domestic and regional market and, especially through horticulture, for overseas export. To ensure decent work and greater equity in the sector, a major land reform and agrarian development based on marketing co-ops would have to form a central part of this sectoral strategy. To maintain export revenues and technological capacity, mining would have to continue to diversify with conscious efforts to diversify the associated industries and services, both upstream – essentially capital equipment, electricity, construction materials and chemicals – and downstream (beneficiation and manufacture of mining products). Strong support systems would be needed to grow light manufacturing, especially food processing; appliance assembly; crafts; plastics (based on local inputs); furniture; publishing and clothing. In each case, sources of local inputs should be identified and expanded. Growing these sectors will require an overhaul of the retail sector as well as some tariffs, in order to ensure access to domestic and regional markets. Co-ops and state agencies must play a role in providing inputs and marketing. Both public and private services should grow in ways that create employment. The main public services are understaffed. They also have to review all their programmes to ensure they contribute more to employment creation, both by enhancing local procurement and by improving the capacity of working-class households to engage with the economy. The private services – for instance, restaurants, childcare and hairdressing – are dominated by micro-enterprises, but provide an important source of employment especially for women. The GDS 1. The GDS was concluded at NEDLAC in June 2003, just before COSATU’s Eighth National Congress. Key gains for labour included a reaffirmed commitment to tripartite sector strategies geared to growth creation, agreements to expand skills development, support for co-operatives, and restructuring of the financial sector, and a commitment to ensure increased investment to transform the economy and meet community needs. 2. Evaluating the impact of the GDS is not easy. For one thing, it remains difficult to link specific actions by government and business to implementation of their GDS commitments. We can, however, identify some important outcomes of the GDS. They include the Financial Sector Charter; the emphasis in ASGI-SA on increasing public investment and sector strategies; the new legislation for co-ops; the changes in BEE strategies to avoid a narrow elitist approach- although these remain inadequate; and the pressure to improve the functioning of the SETAs. 3. Particular concerns for labour remain the lack of commitment on investment and the generally slow and unsystematic progress in all areas. ASGI-SA 1. The government developed ASGI-SA toward the end of 2005. Key elements include: A substantial increase in public investment, primarily in electricity generation, rail transport and, at provincial level, in roads and community infrastructure. These investments have not yet been initiated, but should have some impact in the coming years. This proposal takes forward COSATU demands in some respects, but the scope and targeting of this investment is not agreed in some areas, and requires further discussion (e.g. the Gautrain). Improvements in education and skills development, based on establishment of a Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (JIPSA) with high level participation by government, business and labour representatives. Labour has been under-represented on JIPSA but has nonetheless managed to have a significant influence on its activities in the past few months. Government has now agreed to address labour’s under-representation. Sector strategies geared to employment creation. ASGI-SA’s sector strategies have tended to focus on limited employment-creating activities, such as outsourced back-office processing, rather than interrogating how major sectors can do more to support sustainable job creation. An effort further to reduce fiscal dis-savings and maintenance of the current inflation-targeting regime, with some efforts to ensure a competitive rand through increased reserves. This approach could lead to a more conservative fiscal and monetary regime, which COSATU opposes. Support for selected “second-economy” activities and deregulation for SMMEs. This section of ASGI-SA remains underdeveloped, and has encouraged suggestions that labour laws be weakened. 2. The ASGI-SA framework identifies an important problem – slow and inequitable growth – and points to some key reasons rooted in the inherited economic structure. While many of the proposed solutions have considerable merit, they do not adequately reflect the overall aim of inclusive, shared growth, and taken together seem inadequate to achieve the desired aims. This means we must locate ASGI-SA clearly and narrowly as a commitment to shared growth, rather than as a statement of consensus on how to get there. 3. The lack of a broader strategy that can mobilise the Alliance must be urgently addressed. We identify some areas in the course of this document which we believe need to be prioritised if a practical strategy to promote equity and redistribution is to be placed at the centre of ASGI-SA. 4. We agree that: The commodity price boom and prospects for a more expansionary fiscal policy, in particular, support accelerated economic expansion. In this context, ASGI-SA should seek above all to ensure prioritisation of shared growth. In other words, it must send a clear signal that growth on the historic path, which enriched only a relative few, is not acceptable. We cannot have growth for some, and pain and misery for the core constituency of the ANC and the liberation movement. While the document may be seen as an improvement in some respects, it largely continues the existing ad hoc, inconsistent, and sometimes contradictory approach to key strategic challenges. The absence of a coherent strategy to deal with the critical issues of inequality, unemployment and poverty bedevils the good intentions of ASGI-SA. The Growth Strategy pays lip service to the issues of redistribution and inequality, but lacks any systematic attempt to ensure that growth of whatever figure – 6% or more – doesn’t perpetuate the current growth path of inequality – i.e. it doesn’t address the critical question of how to ensure that the beneficiaries of growth don’t continue to be largely the same suspects. (There is no deliberate strategy of redistribution in ASGI-SA; chasing of growth or employment targets is not specifically biased towards a deliberate impact on the poor; e.g. there is no mention of decent work, combating casualisation etc. to ensure that rising employment figures are not accompanied by a growth in the working poor- in fact the proposals in relation to textiles would achieve precisely this result). Strategies to address the economically marginalized, second economy etc. tend to be add-ons, to a largely market-driven strategy- although there are some tentative shifts in the direction of a more interventionist role for the state. We can ensure more equitable growth through measures that ensure growth is combined: Employment creation, on a enough large scale drastically to reduce the level of unemployment, which requires a shift in the structure of production Combating casualisation of labour which is building a large army of working poor More equitable ownership, for instance through aggressive agrarian reform that will ensure faster and widespread land redistribution, food security and livelihood support programmes in the rural areas. We require more social protection funded through the progressive tax system. We need a deliberate strategy to change patterns of ownership through empowerment of the majority through a much more aggressive development of co-ops and such other scheme that promotes collective ownership of the economy. Investment in human capital – education, skills development and healthcare. We need a more deliberate strategy for employment equity to ensure promotion of black people, women and people leaving with disabilities. ASGI-SA identifies only some programmes to achieve these aims. Moreover, COSATU cannot agree with the details of some of its proposals. As agreed at the last Alliance Summit, the Alliance must still develop a more comprehensive vision that will guide long-run development to build a more dynamic and equitable economy. 5. COSATU is only able to support ASGI-SA if agreement is reached that: ASGI-SA needs to be fundamentally designed to ensure that our common commitment to shared, rather than inequitable, growth runs through all its programmes; Proposals to introduce reduced rights for workers in small businesses, weaken the scope of centralised bargaining and possibly use regulatory impact assessments to review and attack labour rights, are removed; The specific proposals in the document, for instance on sectors and infrastructure projects, require much more work to secure alignment around a common developmental vision; The Alliance will set in place a practical programme to develop a common understanding of the broader growth trajectory, identifying the role in all the major sectors and social programmes in establishing a more equitable economy; While we appreciate the important contribution a programme such as ASGI-SA could make, without a broader development strategy it will be measured against the Alliance commitment to a transformatory growth project, and found be wanting. Indeed, parts of it could be used to erode the commitment to a better life for all. 3.6 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. Racial differences in income, wealth and opportunities remain unacceptably high. 2. The reluctance of the private sector in some quarters to transform and especially to engage with all stakeholders, including labour, in negotiating sector charters developed to deal with sector-specific issues of empowerment and development. 3. The failure of narrow versions of BEE to include skills development, employment equity, broad-based ownership, employment creation and support for co-ops as key elements in effective empowerment for the majority of South Africans. 4. The state passed the Broad-Based BEE Act in 2003. The Act provided that all government procurement and licensing must take into account, as far as possible, the score and enterprise gets on a Broad-Based BEE scorecard. 5. Since the Act was passed, the dti has gazetted and engaged at NEDLAC on draft Codes of Good Practice that give details on the scorecard. The Codes will probably only be finalised toward the end of 2006 or early 2007. 6. Under current proposals, points on the scorecard (indicated in brackets below) would be awarded for: The share of black people, and particularly black women, in ownership and executive management. The main target was to achieve 25%, 1% black ownership, which would give the black shareholder an effective voice on the board. (30% of the total points) The achievements of targets for employment equity and skills development, with most of the points going to representivity and training for professionals and managers. (30% of the total) Support given to black-owned enterprise through financial and technical assistance as well as targeted procurement. (30% of the total) Other socially responsible investment and activities. (10% of the total) 7. Micro enterprises, which are too small to register for VAT, would be entirely exempted from the scorecard. 8. The Act also provides that stakeholders in a sector, explicitly including labour and community groups, may agree on a Sector Charter that could diverge from the scorecard in order to take into account sectoral needs. The dti must gazette such a Charter under the Act, It would have to be accepted by all stakeholders, including labour, which gives unions something very like a veto. Parties to a Charter would have to justify deviations from the scorecard. 9. Currently, sector charters are under discussion in mining, finance, health, construction, property, ICT, agriculture and legal services. But they cannot begin the gazetting process until the Codes of Good Practice are finalised, and even then the gazetting process may take some months. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. To concretely campaign for truly Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment in which mass empowerment of the young, women and rural people are key defining feature and in which elite enrichment of the few is condemned. 2. To campaign for a BBBEE that results in mass empowerment. To actively promote a BBBEE strategy as encompassed by the Act and the Codes of Good Practice which seeks to radically empower all previously disadvantaged communities by opening up access to economic opportunities and permanently alleviating poverty. 3. To campaign against a narrow, self-interested interpretation of BBBEE centred on ownership and the enrichment of a few. This strategy must redistribute wealth among all disadvantaged communities and serve as a tool to eradicate not only racial and class, but also gender inequalities. 4. Broad-based BEE must include payment of a living wage. All companies including the BEE companies should sign Charter of Worker Rights in which they commit to supporting at least the following rights of workers. Payment of a living wage. Full and comprehensive trade-union rights. Advanced health and safety practices. 4. In all sectors and industries the BEE charters must be outcomes of stakeholder negotiations. To call for and ensure that the empowerment charter process takes place in all sectors and that industry engages effectively with other stakeholders, specifically labour, on empowerment issues. 5. To campaign and call on government to design special legislation facilitates access to finance for SMMEs and co-operatives, especially those with job-creation potential. 6. To give our support to other initiatives such as the Financial Sector Charter and the related SACP campaign, which aim to provide previously disadvantaged individuals with access to economic opportunities. 7. The BBBEE Codes must provide no exemption particularly for multinational corporations (MNC). 8. To call for other empowerment vehicles which fall outside the codes of good practice such as land and agrarian reform, public works programmes and the re-nationalisation of state owned assets and enterprises. 9. To implement mass training programmes for workers and the unemployed with regards to addressing skills development and employment equity issues, etc. 10. COSATU, together with partners such as the Dora Tamana Institute, must develop clear guidelines on the establishment of co-operatives. Co-ops must be used as model for mass-based empowerment. 11. The Alliance must define who previously disadvantaged people are. 12. The entire BBBEE process does not adequately emphasise employment, including through support for local procurement and strong ties to sector strategies. 13. The ownership requirements should do more to incentives collective ownership, for instance by community trusts, worker ownership and pension funds. In response to COSATU’s demands at NEDLAC, some incentives are provided for collective ownership, but they remain weak and it is not clear if retirement funds would qualify. 14. The employment equity and skills development targets undermine the relevant legislation by focusing primarily on managers and professionals. Yet a central aim of the original acts, which were passed by Parliament (unlike the broad-based BEE Codes), was to ensure advancement for lower-level workers. 15. In many sectors, such as health and finance, the services and products provided may be important in empowering the poor and their communities. More weight should be given to these issues. 3.7 Trade policy This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. The Doha Development Round at the WTO is currently suspended because powerful, developed countries are operating as a bloc to secure markets in the developing countries while denying developing countries the policy instruments needed to enhance development. At the same time, they continue to subsidise agriculture and as a consequence block access into their agricultural markets. 2. The tariff cuts proposed in the negotiations on non-agricultural market access (NAMA) pose a devastating threat to quality employment and to the existence of a manufacturing base in developing countries. 3. The recent positions taken by South Africa in the negotiations and in the alliance-building between the countries of the South in the WTO. COSATU takes this opportunity to commend the more proactive positions taken by our government. Believing: 1. Developing countries must unite to develop a programme to protect their markets against the WTO bullies. 2. Our engagement in trade-related matters must: Seek to meet the needs of our members and the millions of other working and unemployed people in this country and Support effective and democratically agreed-policies to support the appropriate development of the South African economy. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. On NAMA (Non-Agricultural Market Access), our government: Should ensure that while WTO talks are suspended, developing countries should not be coerced into entering bilateral agreements with rich and powerful countries. Further, government must not get drawn into accepting any kind of compromise multilateral `formulas` for the reduction of industrial and other tariffs proposed under this agreement, with the already-evident negative effects of such liberalisation against local industry and jobs; Must instead defend the imperative necessity to preserve its own internal policy-making rights and the policy flexibility required to support its own emerging and future industrial development and diversification strategies, and Must support COSATU’s demand that the offensive thrust of NAMA be definitively blocked altogether. 2. On GATS (the General Agreement on Trade in Services), our government must: Secure the essential role of national services for current and future national development and diversification strategies; not make any offers to open up any public service to foreign commercial or privatised “service providers” or companies, either on a bilateral or plurilateral basis; Assert its inalienable right to amend or withdraw any offers already made under GATS; Support COSATU’s demand, in Alliance with other trade union partners and social movements, those GATS to be stopped altogether. 3. On the WTO`s agreement on agriculture, our government must: Stand firm and not compromise on the unacceptable agricultural export and production subsidies in the highly industrialised countries, which harm agricultural producers in South Africa and other countries of the South; Join other developing countries demanding their right to protect their own key products and vulnerable small agricultural producers, especially in the context of the urgent necessity to redistribute land and support small and emerging farmers and rural communities in this country; Protect its right to develop and implement agricultural and related policies as agreed with stakeholders in this country. 4. It is critical that our government does not accept as inevitable that the Doha Round will – or must – resume. Instead, it should use the current suspension of talks to engage in wide-ranging investigation and consultation with organised labour and other social forces in this country to prepare an alternative and appropriate national development and international strategy appropriate for the needs of this country. 5. On other international, bilateral or regional trade negotiations, the government must: Defend its right to maintain external tariff, quotas or other trade instruments that are judged necessary for the defence of jobs and the promotion of industrial development and diversification in this country; Not accept the infiltration into any such agreements of any WTO or WTO terms such as financial liberalisation, the opening up of government procurement and other proposals – that have been resisted and already rejected in the WTO and that are hostile to the interests of the people and future development of this country. 6. We urge the government to support the continued unity and resistance of the various alliances of developing countries in the face of the divisive pressure tactics by the WTO and its supporters. 7. COSATU must immediately embark on an education campaign on the WTO, NAMA and GATS for the workers. 8. Shop stewards must engage their employers to support the unions and government positions on the WTO. In this regard a national petition must be prepared to gunner support for our positions. 9. COSATU must spearhead a global campaign on international trade agreements. 10. Negotiation processes should be driven at a political level by the Minister. 11. The quota agreement between South Africa and China should be extended to other sensitive and labour intensive sectors prone to dumping, for example, the tyre and electronics industry. 3.8 SACCAWU National Provident Fund’s ownership and overall transformation of the Financial Services Board (FSB) This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. It is now full four years since the SACCAWU National Provident Fund was mysteriously and unnecessary put under curatorship amid alarming and wild allegations which four years after curatorship have still to be proven. 2. SACCAWU has called for a proper investigation of the fund in order to deal with the FSB’s allegations, but this has not been forthcoming. Believing: 1. The seizure of the SNPF under curatorship indefinitely is but one component of the overall capitalist strategy, in collaboration with the FSB, to resist if not eliminate union controlled retirement funds. 2. Protracted curatorship defeats the very purpose and objective of addressing problems in the funds. The SNPF curatorship at best is the curatorship of a special type that only serves to enrich a few individuals at the cost of the fund. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. To demand adequate labour representation in the FSB Board and to ensure that other members are individuals serving in the FSB are representative of the broader South African society. 2. To demand the urgent removal of the SACCAWU National Provident Fund from curatorship and its return to its rightful owners’ control, administration, governance and management. 3. A credible agency undertake intensive and urgent investigation into: The role of FSB and Old Mutual in putting the fund under curatorship as well as processes leading to same and during the curatorship. The claims submitted and processed, such as funeral cover, death and withdrawal benefits during curatorship. Investments made, investments recalled and reasons therefore. Complaints by members and steps taken to attend to same. Detailed reasons for the destruction of SACCAWU National Provident Fund and liquidation of SACCAWU Investment Holding, and an analysis of the value of the investee companies acquired by SIH before curatorship. The processes and criteria applied in nominating the incumbent curator. What happened to the irregularities allegedly committed by the Trustees and/or Principal Officer? Why were there never any arrests or convictions in the light of public vilifications and wild allegations? The role and possible conflicts of interest of the curator, his legal firm and family, and the overall costs to the fund during the curatorship period. 4. The CEC should develop a strategy to deal with attacks on union-initiated retirement funds 3.9 Labour law and labour market policy This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. Recent efforts to weaken labour rights in legislation. 2. Attempts by certain companies to avoid the obligations of law by casualising the employment relationship. 3. The use of representivity tests in the law to undermine bargaining councils. 4. Current attempts to change the Labour Court through transferring its work to the provincial divisions of the High Courts, and remove the right through Nedlac for labour to have a say in appointment of judges. Believing: 1. Centralised bargaining is crucial to ensure workers at small businesses have proper rights negotiated through trade unions. 2. Bargaining Councils need to be strengthened. 3. The legitimacy of the labour courts requires effective stakeholder involvement in the appointment of judicial officers. Rejecting: 1. Calls for labour market flexibility that amount to stripping workers of their rights and are in fact a call for a return to the dark past of our country for ordinary workers 2. The reports and ill-informed analyses of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that constitute an attack on the rights of the poor, the marginalised and workers. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. To defend the rights of workers in the labour laws with all our energy and power and to ensure that other laws such as the Competition Act, be amended to protect rights of employment 2. To campaign to strengthen bargaining councils through a range of measures, including: Ensuring Bargaining Councils are set up in more sectors to ensure that larger numbers of workers are covered; Unions improving their current levels of representivity in bargaining councils and build strong, large unions in each bargaining council; Changes to section 32 of the LRA to ensure a lower threshold of representivity applicable to a bargaining council to be used by the Minister for purposes of extending collective agreements concluded in bargaining councils. This should not change existing criteria for admission to bargaining councils; Bargaining Councils to receive a full subsidy from the Department of Labour for all dispute resolution services that they provide. 3. To fight to retain labour rights for workers in small businesses through: A co-ordinated campaign to unionise small businesses, drawing on successful experiences such as in motor, clothing and other sectors; Strengthening the rights of workers to utilise freedom of association and collective bargaining rights. 4. To address casualisation and labour broking through changes to the law, as well as statutory Codes, to ensure full protection of workers and the growth of secure, decent work. 5. To combat the abuse of labour brokers and contracts including where permanent work is structured through fixed-term contracts, and in this context, to ensure. That companies are not able to use fixed-term contracts to avoid granting rights to workers; That the exact terms of liability on the contractor and main employer is fixed and clearly defined such that workers are able to access the rights they are due in labour laws and collective agreements; Transfer of contracts of employment where a commercial contract is transferred from one business to another, but the underlying work continues; Procedures and protections available in the LRA are available to contract workers. 6. To campaign that all public and private tenders clearly require that all tenders fully comply with all their labour standards requirements, including labour legislation and collective bargaining agreements, and that the tender price be set at a rate that allows companies to meet their labour standard obligations. 7. To campaign for: The retention of a specialist Labour Court with national jurisdiction but with facilities in all provinces in order to ensure access; Continuation of NEDLAC’s role in the appointment of judges in labour matters; A system that allows shop stewards and union officials to continue to represent workers in the court. 8. To serve a section 77 notice on reforms to the judiciary that undermines the gains made in the LRA on issues of appointment, specialisation and representation. 9. To review the emerging case-law on labour rights, to ensure that the rights of workers are not undermined, and in this context to consider changes to the LRA required to address the problems raised by the Fry’s Metal case 10. To strengthen the fight against retrenchments and unfair dismissals, including through: Amending the LRA to grant workers in enterprises employing fewer that 50 workers the right to strike against retrenchment; Ensuring that the desire to expand profits is not regarded as a operational requirement for purpose of retrenchment; Campaigning for severance pay to be increased to 4 weeks per year of service; Addressing the issue of representation at the CCMA so that advocates and attorneys who practice for their own account are not permitted to represent parties in individual dismissal cases. 11. To protect the right of workers to key organisational rights, including: Ensuring that the right to demonstrate and picket is defended, and that the police is trained and equipped to deal with crowd control in a peaceful manner; Reviewing the operation of limitations on rights to association and to strike, including in essential services, solidarity strikes, the Police Act and the National Keypoints Act. 12. To call for the following amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act: Provision for a special sectoral determination aimed at addressing the plight of workers in atypical jobs since they are the most vulnerable; Amending Section 54 to compel the Employment Conditions Commission (ECC) to set itself the objective of combating high levels of atypical employment when advising the Minister on Sectoral Determinations; Introducing a provision which increases the number of the ECC members by providing for a community constituency representative in the commission; The working week should be reduced to 40 hours without any loss of income or benefits; Increase family responsibility leave; Increase the sick leave provided to workers with AIDS or a terminal illness. 13. To review existing legislation and Codes to meet key concerns, including: The Employment Equity Act to address the wage gap; Skills Development Act to ensure greater access by ordinary workers, especially black people and women; Codes of Good Practice to align them with legislation and that they benefit ordinary workers and not just senior managers and professionals. 14. To improve the fight against racism, sexism and vulnerable employment. 15. To strengthen monitoring and enforcement of labour laws, including increasing the number of inspectors. 3.10 Police brutality and state oppression during protest action This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. There is growing dissatisfaction among communities on provision of basic services by government, such as infrastructure development, electrification and sanitation etc. 2. The sometimes inhumane, barbaric and violent response by the police in managing these demonstrations, which reverts to the old brutal apartheid style of tear gas, bullets and skiet, skop en donner. 3. The current narrow and defeatist approach to community policing, which renders it irrelevant and ineffective. 4. The increasing incidents of malicious prosecution of striking workers which seem to be a tactic by the state to intimidate workers and unions and seek to tie them and their resources up in the courts. 5. The refusal of municipalities to allow striking workers to gather and/or march. 6. The conflicts of interest of some ANC councillors in companies have their silence in condemning police conduct. 7. To acknowledge the progressive role played by members of POPCRU in protecting the workers’ right to strike. Believing: 1. Peaceful and lawful demonstrations are acceptable, indeed necessary, for a democratic society. 2. Communities are responsible for ensuring that their demonstrations are not abused by other elements. Citizens have a civic duty to abide by the law and collaborate with the police. 3. The police have the right to prevent lawlessness, violent activities and damage to property takes place during demonstrations and to ensure compliance with the rule of law; but this does not mean banning demonstrations or using unnecessary force to break them up. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. To foster, promote and consolidate community policing during peaceful demonstrations. 2. To ensure that the right of workers to demonstrate and picket is defended, and that the police are trained and equipped to deal with crowd control in a peaceful manner 3. To continuously embark on an integrated programme of training and education within all the relevant structures on the role of the police within a democratic state. 4. To develop a collaborative approach with law enforcement agencies to apprehend and expose acts of lawlessness during such demonstrations. 5. To condemn with the strongest possible terms any form of police brutality during peaceful demonstrations, and to call upon the police top management to put effective measures and systems in place to ensure an immediate stop to unnecessarily violent police actions in these situations. 6. To influence and encourage the state to formulate all-inclusive approach on the strategic direction of the security establishment. 7. To encourage development of a well-resourced and inclusive proactive, effective, and inclusive policing approach. 8. To campaign for the streamlining of all policing strategies and activities by all security agencies to ensure an efficient and effective collaborative approach to crime and criminality. 9. To encourage and support a continuous campaign by the state for retrieving all unlicensed firearms and discourage possession of small calibre firearms. The state must manage and strictly control the issuing and control of firearms to private security agencies as well as monitoring the database and usage of such arms. 10. To approach the Human Rights Commission for an enquiry into police brutality and malicious prosecution of workers on strike. 11. To campaign for the democratisation of the process of applying for gatherings and marches, including removing the powers of municipalities to unilaterally withdraw the right of workers to gather or march in the course of a strike. 12. To condemn the behaviour of the police by arresting leaders during marches by striking workers as this only creates chaos at such a critical time and to call for the dropping of all charges by the state against our leaders. 13. To engage government on new methods of crowd control 14. To call on the police management and the police in general to ensure adherence to the Code of Good Practice on Police Conduct during pickets and strikes. 15. To ensure that state institutions are not used to break the strike and picket lines. 3.11 NEDLAC This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. Our participation in NEDLAC and other forums like the Millennium Labour Council and the President’s Working Group have, in the main, not been pursued in accordance with our strategic aims as outlined in previous resolutions. Moreover, affiliates are not always fully consulted or involved when matters relevant to their sector are discussed in the various forums where COSATU participates. 2. The absence of a communications strategy to communicate what is taking place in NEDLAC and Parliament results in the perception that members are turned on and off to support our demands. One day the tap might just run dry as members get fed up with not being properly informed. 3. The Community Constituency at NEDLAC is restricted to the Development Chamber, although it is obviously affected by what happens in the Trade and Industry, Public Finance and Monetary and Labour Chambers. 4. The budget allocated to NEDLAC is hopelessly inadequate and does not demonstrate any serious attitude, by Government, towards NEDLAC. 5. Co-ordination between the Parliamentary Office and Policy Unit. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. A more structured approach to the Federation’s work in the various socio-economic forums, aimed at increasing the involvement of workers in these processes, will be implemented as a matter of urgency. This approach shall include ongoing education, regular consultations within the Federation and with the ANC ETC and mandate taking and the use of mass action where appropriate. 2. The first CEC after Congress must develop a set of measures aimed at strengthening our participation in NEDLAC. This programme may include the following, amongst others: Regular workers’ summits involving worker delegates from the three Federations; Regular strategic sessions of the leadership of the three Federations; Providing adequate support and back-up for our delegates; Define a clear role for the National Office Bearers of the Federation in exercising political oversight over our participation in NEDLAC; Ensure that our participation is mass driven; Regular consultation with the ANC NEC Economic Transformation Commission. 3. A thoroughgoing review of our work in these forums will be undertaken by the CEC within four months of the Congress. This review will include testing our participation and the outcomes against the objectives set for our participation in these forums by earlier resolutions. The aims include: Use NEDLAC to change power relations in favour of the working class; View NEDLAC as a terrain of struggle to be contested to advance the interest of the working class; Critically evaluate the implications for the working class of all agreements reached at NEDLAC; Bring NEDLAC and its processes closer to the people by developing a mechanism to involve members in the process of policy formulation and ensure that all documents and agreement are written in an accessible language; Consistently evaluate our strategies and ensure our effective participation in NEDLAC. 4. Before commenting on any matter and/or representing the Federation in any forum where matters relevant to a particular affiliate are being discussed, the affiliate must be consulted. 5. Within two weeks from the Congress, the communications unit must devise a communication strategy that will make it easier to communicate information from parliament and NEDLAC. 6. All labour convenors in the different chambers of NEDLAC present monthly reports detailing: Issues under discussion; Issues approaching deadlock; Time frames around which issues will be dealt with. 7. COSATU’s Communications Unit is tasked to produce a monthly NEDLAC newsletter along the lines of COSATU Weekly to be e-mailed and faxed to all affiliates. 8. The Parliamentary Office must also produce its own e-mail newsletter which will from time to time brief affiliates about the developments in Parliament. 9. COSATU must look into a radio/TV and print media slot on working-class issues covered in NEDLAC. 10. COSATU support in principle the need for the community constituency to participate in all NEDLAC chambers. The CEC will develop concrete proposal to achieve this objective including considering calling for the amendment of the NEDLAC Constitution. 11. To take steps aimed at ensuring that there is a substantial increase in the NEDLAC Budget. 12. The affiliates should take responsibility and account on deploying representatives at NEDLAC. 13. NEDLAC to take accountability to capacitate the representative of all sectors. 14. The Policy Unit of the Federation to raise funding from external sources in order to manage and develop more effective policy engagements. 15. To conduct a comprehensive evaluation on how the working class agenda is best served in NEDLAC as a forum of social dialogue where business and government act in their own interest. 3.12 2010 Soccer World Cup This Ninth National Congress notes: 1. The reality that football in South Africa is largely a working-class game but that financial constraints may deprive workers from access to matches. 2. The need to make the 2010 World Cup a Proudly South African event characterised not only by African hospitality, music and culture, but also by a socio-economic and developmental focus and an opportunity to realise the social goals of our Bill of Rights, including labour rights. 3. That the SA national teams were readmitted to the international sporting codes in 1992 before our democratic dispensation and a new flag. 4. The names of our national teams do not have a qualitative national meaning. 5. The stringent FIFA rules that prohibit vendor of selling food and souvenirs. Therefore this Ninth National Congress resolves: 1. To campaign for the 2010 World Cup to have a developmental focus and act as a catalyst for achieving the broader goals of equity and development that lie at the heart of a fair society. 2. To table a 2010 Framework Agreement at NEDLAC, with provisions dealing with: Local procurement in line with Proudly South Africa: all tenders and products licensed for the 2010 World Cup that are technically capable of being produced in South Africa should be made locally by companies that are PSA members; Employment: all tenders and contracts should maximise employment creation and technical criteria should be developed to achieve this goal; Infrastructure: all stadiums, roads, housing and other infrastructure procured for the World Cup should be aimed at building sustainable infrastructure, or modernising existing ones, in poor areas. Accommodation built for the World Cup should be accessible to working-class tenants after the event; Labour standards: all procurement and contracts should explicitly and verifiably support fair labour standards, including but not limited to ensuring respect for labour laws, full freedom to join a union and bargain collectively, secure employment, no use of child labour. Even after the World Cup there should job guarantees for workers.Ensure proper training and accreditation of cleaning, security and transport workers to ensure professional standards. Ensure compliance and enforcement by the Department of Labour and relevant unions is as far as the Sectoral Determination is concerned as a minimum standard; BEE guidelines: the World Cup should promote broad-based BEE and not empower only a small group; Promotion of co-operatives: a percentage of the contracts should be set aside for cooperatives; Access to matches: the Local Organising Committee should ensure that workers, the poor and rural people have access to matches on a discounted basis, and companies should release workers in agreed numbers to attend matches. Employers must establish funds to assist workers to attend matches; Marshals must be employed. 3. To call on football players to fully commit to and promote an anti-racism culture and promotion of fair play. Fully commit to and promote anti-racism and a culture of fair play. 4. All the infrastructure developments in preparation of the event will be sustainable beyond 2010 and benefit the working class communities’ in particular public transport. 5. To use our representative position in the LOC and other structures related to the event to advance the interests of the South African Football Players’ Union (SAFPU). The CEC should monitor progress. 6. Development of local football to raise standard of football, include quota of foreign players to encourage local players and soccer indaba. 7. To reiterate our deep concern at the free-fall of the standards of South African soccer. The season that has just ended saw the highest goals scorer with only a ridiculous 14 goals. Moreover, the person who scored the goals is not South African, so he cannot be used in our national squad. Last season`s highest scorer was also not a South African; he was celebrated and feared by our local defenders, yet he is not good enough to make it into the English Premier League. We were booted out of COSAFA recently. Even in our biggest club competition involving our giant soccer squads, we could not score a single goal in normal and extra time. 8. COSATU reiterates the call that SAFA share with the nation in general, and stakeholders in particular, the development strategy it announced this year so that it can be shaped by popular participation. Soccer does not belong to SAFA officials who have only managed to administer this working-class sport to the point where all of us can see the disaster that is waiting to happen in the 2010 World Cup competition. Unless drastic measures are taken we will be mere spectators during the World Cup. 9. To support calls for a soccer indaba to address the free falling soccer standards. The indaba should be attended by all stakeholders, in particular soccer players, coaches and administrators to assist develop a strategy to address weaknesses.[/su_spoiler]

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