Launch of a joint Programme of Defiance by trade unions affiliated to COSATU and FEDUSA at PSCBC in protection of collective bargaining in South Africa and against non-implementation of signed resolutions at the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC).
Friday October 2, 2020
The trade unions representing the more than 1. 2 million public servants at the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) have been faced with a new strange behaviour from government of undermining and disrespecting the processes and decisions that are taken at this collective bargaining platform.
Labour in the Public Service have noted for a long time that there has been a clear stance taken by Government to disregard the institution of Collective Bargaining as provided for in the Constitution of South Africa and other legislations.
This new culture of disrespect of collective bargaining started with various statements made in the media by Ministers on the unilateral reduction of the Public Service Wage Bill. Their intentions were further confirmed by the response to demands from labour made in the PSCBC and its Sectoral councils. Agreements signed are blatantly ignored and unilateral amendments are made to Conditions of Services with no input or involvement of organised labour.
Labour unions have subsequently filed various disputes in the Councils on some of these matters, many of which still remain unresolved while some are still in progress.
The recent spate of disregard from Government as the employer is on the reneging of implementing the Wage Agreement which was signed in the PSCBC in May 2018. Labour is currently defending this right to Collective Bargaining and the signing of Collective Agreements in the Labour Court.
This unilateral disregard of collective agreements has brought nothing but anger, low morale, and frustration to all government workers in the various public service centres across the country, because their salaries have not been adjusted as of 1 April 2020 in line with the collective bargaining agreement.
13 July 2020: An update on the arbitration of the wage dispute in the public service currently taking place at the PSCBC.
The employer failed to implement the salary increment as contained in clause 3.3 of PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2018. NEHAWU, SADTU, POPCRU, DENOSA and SAPU declared a dispute on the interpretation and application of the agreement and went through a lengthy conciliation process. The conciliation failed and NEHAWU, SADTU, POPCRU and DENOSA referred the matter to arbitration. SAPU opted not to pursue the dispute in arbitration.
An update on the arbitration of the wage dispute in the public service currently taking place at the PSCBC.
The matter was set down for virtual oral arguments on 28 August 2020 relating to the jurisdiction of the PSCBC. On the 28 August 2020, the proceedings were postponed sine die pending the proceedings before the Labour Court under the case number J500/20.
The parties agreed that the applicants in case number J500/20 shall file affidavits in answer to the cross-application before the Labour Court by 14 September 2020, and the respondents any replying affidavits by 28 September 2020.
Further the parties have agreed to jointly request the Judge President of the Labour Court to grant an expedited date for the hearing of the matter in that court, or the Labour Appeal Court sitting as a court of first instance in terms of s175 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995, and in that regard to issue directions relating to the filing of the record and of heads of argument.
Updates will be given as and when progress is made.
Issued by PSCBC Media Section: 31 August 2020
The Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) today commemorates Africa Public Service Day with understanding and recognition of the immense contribution made by all public servants across Africa in fighting Covid-19 pandemic. The PSCBC wishes to highlight the role of public administration in building and sustaining peaceful co-existence among communities.
PSCBC would like to thank and celebrate all the frontline workers who work tirelessly to combat this pandemic. The lives of all the nationals are indebted to you and we urge everyone to work together with all public servants tasked to help communities in getting tested and ensuring safety to make Africa a better place for all.
Africa Public Service Day is an event entrenched in the African Union calendar. It originates from the conference of African Ministers for Public or Civil Service held in Tangier, Morocco in 1994. It was agreed at this conference that 23 June should be celebrated annually as Africa Public Service Day to recognize the value and virtue of service to the community.
The aim of this commemoration is to boost public administration programmes, public sector performance and recognise the value of service the community.
The DPSA will hold a virtual event on Tuesday, 23 June at 07h30 and you can follow all the proceeding of the event by clicking links below: