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COSATU’s End-of-Year Statement for 2012
Patrick Craven, National Spokesperson, 21 December 2012
We are at the end of a year that none of us will forget, full of memorable events – the SACP and COSATU Congresses, the ANC policy and elective Conferences, the ANC’s centenary, the launch of CorruptionWatch, the visit of Former President Lula of Brazil, and our move into our magnificent new headquarters.
2012 was also the year of explosive strikes - by truck drivers, Post Office casuals, mine workers at, among others, Impala, Lonmin, Angloplats, Goldfields and Xstrata, and finally Western Cape farm workers. The exceptional feature of all these strikes has been their spontaneity and ferocity, which has confronted the trade union movement, and society as a whole, with huge challenges.
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RECRUITMENT TARGETS FOR 2013
Every official, every shopsteward, every member an organiser!!!
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SEIZE THE MOMENT!! A message to all COSATU members and the people of South Africa
1.Letter to COSATU members and the people of South Africa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
2.The strategic challenge at Mangaung . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
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YEAR-END MESSAGE TO ALL MEMBERS AND STAFF
As you enjoy the festivities with friends and families, please accept these best wishes for the New Year full of most important things. There is no other time more fitting than now to say ‘’Thank You’’ and wish you all a happy Christmas, a New Year filled with health, happiness and prosperity.
SACCAWU WORLD AIDS DAY ACTIVITIES IN THE WESTERN CAPE
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SACCAWU Join Global Day Of Action Against Walmart 14 December 2012
UNI WALMART GLOBAL UNION ALLIANCE
In Early October 2012 the UNI Global Union Alliance was launched in the US, attended by unionists from across the world. As part of the workplan and program of action of the Alliance workers resolved to embark on a Global Day of Action targeting Walmart globally and focussing on the following demands:
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ON GAZA, GOMA & GREECE
SACCAWU STATEMENT on GAZA, GOMA & GREECE
At the last CEC meeting of SACCAWU held in November, the delegates expressed SACCAWU’s Solidarity with the struggles in Palestine and Europe and expressed concerns about the flaring-up of violence in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The meeting declared that:
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Tribute to the late Comrade Lee Modiga
29 September 1954 – 11 November 2012
Today we dip our flags for Comrade Elias “Lee” Modiga who sadly passed away on 11th of November 2012. Comrade lee was born in Alexander Township in 1954. He was the first child of the late Mr. and Mrs. Modiga. He started his primary school and proceeded to Dr. Kaate Higher Primary School and matriculated through Damelin while serving his term on Robben Island prison.He was a member of the SOWETO Student Representative Council (SSRC) representing Namedi Secondary School during the 1976 uprising. After the banning of the SSRC he continued with his activism to form the Soweto Student League where he served as a Secretary.
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Decisions of the COSATU Special Central Executive Committee (CEC)
Decisions of the COSATU Special Central Executive Committee (CEC)
Held from 15th-16th October 2012, COSATU House, Nelson Mandela Floor, Elijah Barayi Boardroom
1. Taking forward the COSATU 11th National Congress declaration on Lonmin/Marikana tragedy
The Special CEC was called to evaluate efforts made the Federation and the NUM to take forward the Declaration on the Lonmin/Marikana tragedy adopted by the COSATU 11th National Congress. The CEC took note that since we adopted this declaration, the unprotected strikes that started at Impala Platinum, following their foolish step to offer 18% to one category of workers to the exclusion of all other workers, have spread to the rest of the platinum mines and to gold, coal and iron ore mines. Over 100 000 workers are involved. We have also seen a few instances of unprotected strikes moving out of the mining industry.
Actions by some employers have not helped address the underlying reasons behind this wave of militant actions by mine workers. Instead of addressing the issue of poverty wages and pathetic living conditions, the employers have chosen to dismiss 15 596 workers, with Anglo Platinum dismissing a staggering 12 000 workers alone!
The gold and platinum prices have both gone up during this period, platinum from R11, 300 an ounce at the beginning of August to R14 700 by the mid of October (an increase of 30%) and the gold price from R13, 000 an ounce to R15, 700 in the same period (an increase of 21%). The price increases are due to the depletion of surpluses. This is one of the many bitter ironies of the mining industry.
The way forward
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COSATU 11th Congress Declaration on Marikana
COSATU 11th Congress Declaration on the Lonmin Marikana platinum mine tragedy, the mining industry, and general poverty wages
17 September 2012
We the 3,000 delegates to the 11th COSATU Congress, in the presence of over 500 invited guests, and in the true spirit of “An Injury to One is an Injury to All” wish to express our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families of at least 60 people killed in the course of the Lonmin and Impala disputes. These include 5 killed at Impala Patinum, 6 at Aquarius Platinum, and 47 at Lonmin Marikana (10 before 16th August, 34 on 16th August, and 3 after the 16th August). We wish a quick recovery to all those who have been injured.
We declare our solidarity with all the working class communities in the affected areas whose lives have been shattered by the ongoing violent disputes in the mines. COSATU stands ready to join all South Africans and the progressive peoples of the world who genuinely want to see real peace and stability return to the affected mines through finding a just solution to the violent crisis.We welcome the Independent Judicial Commission of Inquiry appointed by the government that will investigate all the events leading to fateful day of 16th August 2012. As COSATU we pledge to do our part to ensure that all the relevant factors and evidence that led to the violence and tragedy of 16th August are revealed by ensuring that by ensuring that our members who witnessed violence before, during and after the tragedy cooperate with the Commission of Inquiry.