The Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) congratulates the class of 2020 matric learners for their outstanding results by achieving a 76.2% pass rate in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations.
COVID19 has totally revolutionised the conventional way of teaching, forcing students, teachers and parents to adapt rapidly to the “new normal.” This triggered 2020 to be a period whereby elements of depression, anxiety, panic and uncertainty crept in. Whist taking all of these challenges into consideration, we were able to overcome and produce excellent results. Our students have really done well, they have burned the midnight oil, studied smart and made us proud.
The PSCBC is grateful to our hardworking and dedicated teachers for their sterling work and the time invested to prepare our learners for their examinations. We further commend our teachers for being true nation builders and being the vehicle to catapult our pupils to adapt and thrive during turbulent times.
The Council also acknowledges the role played by parents in preparing their children for the taxing examinations. To those learners who did not achieve a pass mark, we urge you to not despair and try again, failure is after all the key to success and you will emerge much stronger by trying again. The PSCBC wishes the class of 2020 well in all of their future ventures. May you progress and take our beautiful Country forward.
We wish the class of 2021 all of the best, the road ahead is not an easy one to travel. Please observe all COVID19 protocols and be safe.
Good luck and God Bless!!!
The Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) would like to congratulate Mr Musa Mabesa on his appoint as the new Principal Executive Officer (PEO) of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF). Mr Mabesa was the head of Corporate Services at the GEPF before he was appointed as the acting PEO.
The PSCBC would like to wish Mr Mabesa all of the best in his new position and we believe that he will steer the GEPF to greater heights. The PSCBC congratulates the GEPF on all its successes and achievements of being the Africa’s largest pension fund.
The PSCBC will continue to support the work done by the GEPF in Managing pensions and related benefits on behalf of all Public Servants.
Issued by PSCBC Media Section
27 October 2020
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