Freedom Day on 27 April is an annual celebration of South Africa's first non-racial democratic elections of 1994. It is significant because it marks the end of over three hundred years of colonialism, segregation and white minority rule and the establishment of a new democratic government led by Nelson Mandela and a new state subject to a new constitution.
Improvement in Conditions of Service for Employees on Salary Levels 1 to 12 and those covered by Occupation Specific Dispensations (OSD's): Cost-of-Living Adjustment with effect 1 April 2-1
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The dispute against the Department of Public Service & Administration (DPSA) on the Government Employees Housing Scheme (GEHS) – Resolution 07 of 2015 by the following Public Service Trade Unions; South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU), National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (NEHAWU), Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU), Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA), refers under PSCBC case number PSCB494-15/16.
The following trade Unions have also joined in the dispute, Independent Labour Caucus (ILC) Unions- National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA), Public Servants Association (PSA), Health & Other Services Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA)/ National Teachers Union (NATU)/ National Union of Public Service & Allied Workers (NUPSAW), South African Police Union (SAPU).
The parties will be formally notified of the Conciliation date in accordance with the PSCBC Dispute Resolution Rules & Procedures.
South Africa’s major education unions SADTU, NAPTOSA and SAOU welcome the joint decision to postpone the 2015 ANA until 2016. The decision was taken following lengthy deliberations between the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and unions in the Education Sector on 8 and 10 September 2015 in Cape Town and Durban respectively following a call from SADTU to its members not to administer ANA until the DBE comes to the table and deal with the matter of education in a responsible manner.
The postponement will allow for the remodeling of the ANA by a joint task team that will comprise of Union Principals and Senior DBE officials. It was also agreed that the remodeling will take place before the end of 2015.
Furthermore, the Unions welcome the commitment by the Director-General (DG) of the DBE to improve relations between the Department and Unions as well as making more resources available for teacher development. The DG also committed to address the outstanding issues in the Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC) as a matter of urgency.
Educators are reminded that the Unions supported the initial intention of the ANA as a systemic evaluation tool, but are opposed to the manner in which the ANA evolved into a high-stakes annual assessment system. The Unions called for the annual assessments to be substituted to be done in three year cycles in order to create space for engagement with stakeholders, remedial action and fit for purpose interventions. The Unions are also not in favour of the extension of the ANA to include other grades in addition to the initial focus grades namely, Grades 3, 6 and 9.
We are pleased that the DBE finally adhered to Unions’ requests regarding the challenges presented by the ANA and is committed to working on remodeling the assessment system for future implementation.
The date of February 2016 as indicated in the DBE statement is misleading because the new national assessment system will be a product of the Task Team work. We want to highlight that the DBE will not succeed in its attempt to avoid the conclusion of collective bargaining outstanding issues such as 0,5% parity, EMS and others. There will be no ANA in 2016 but a remodeled national assessment tool. There will be no ANA in 2015.
The gazette regime has fallen and consultations and collective bargaining will be strengthened moving forward. Freedom of association is a fundamental human right and no one can undermine it including the Department of Basic Education.
The following Public Service Trade Unions; South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU), National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (NEHAWU), Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU), Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA), have referred a dispute against the Department of Public Service & Administration (DPSA) on the Government Employees Housing Scheme (GEHS) – Resolution 07 of 2015 which was signed in May 2015.
The referring Trade Unions allege that the State has failed to implement the current agreement. The agreement amongst other issues state that, the housing allowance for all qualifying employees will be increased from R900.00 to R1200.00 for those who are paying housing loans and those who have dwellings in the rural areas. The provision of R1200.00 was supposed to be implemented in July 2015.
The PSCBC has received a dispute referral to conciliation in terms of Section 24(2) of the Labour Relations Act, 1995 on the 04th November 2015. The Council has afforded an opportunity to the other admitted Public Service Trade Unions to be joined in the dispute in terms of Rule 24 (1,2) of the PSCBC Dispute Resolution Rules & Procedures. These Trade Unions have until the 11th of November 2015 to make a request/ application to be joined in the dispute.
This matter is receiving the Council’s highest attention and will be scheduled for a conciliation hearing by no later than the 3rd of December 2015 in accordance with the PSCBC Dispute Resolution Rules and Procedures.
PSCBC Resolution 08 of 2015 enjoys a majority: Resolution 8 of 2015 - Amendment to PSCBC Resolution 2 of 2015