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ANC National Working Committee Statement

13 March 2012

The ANC National Working Committee (NWC) in its scheduled bi-weekly meeting held, yesterday, 12 March 2012, amongst others discussed the following:

ON THE CONGRESS OF SOCIALIST INTERNATIONAL

The NWC welcomed the Congress of the Socialist International to be held in South Africa, from 30th August to 1st September 2012. The Congress will be held at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town. Cde President, Jacob Zuma, in his capacity as the ANC President as well as the Deputy President of the Socialist International, is expected to open the Congress.

A total of 700 delegates are expected to converge in South Africa for this important Congress of the Socialist International.

ON COSATU’S RECENT PROTEST ACTION

The NWC appreciates the fact that detailed discussions on the Labour Relations Amendment Bill took place at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac). It is especially noted that many of the amendments to the Bill, go beyond the issue of labour brokers. The amendments to the Bill deal with the whole notion of labour relations. They deal with the protection of vulnerable workers in all categories, including casual workers, contractors, subcontractors and labour brokers, and all distortions in the labour space, amongst others.

The strengthening of the generic definition of the employer, does address the issue of labour brokers, in that way, it really addresses the policy as espoused in the 52nd Conference of the ANC, in Polokwane.

The Polokwane resolution states that “therefore, we are still at the beginning of the historic transformation of the economy called for in the Freedom Charter. It is a process of economic transformation which aims to realise, a thriving and integrated economy, which draws on the creativity and skills that our whole population can offer, building on South Africa’s economic endowments to create decent work for all and eliminate poverty”.

Furthermore, our 2009 Election Manifesto, states that “in order to avoid exploitation of workers and ensure decent work for all workers as well as to protect the employment relationship, the ANC government will introduce laws to regulate contract work, subcontracting and outsourcing, address the problem of labour broking and prohibit certain abusive practices.

Provisions will be introduced to facilitate unionisation of workers and conclusion of sectoral collective agreements to cover vulnerable workers in these different legal relationships and ensure the right to permanent employment for affected workers. Procurement policies and public incentives will include requirements to promote decent work”.

This ANC 2009, Election manifesto was signed by all Alliance Partners, including COSATU.

In view of this protest, we have asked for a bilateral with COSATU. The meeting between ourselves and COSATU will be held on Monday, the 26th March 2012. The bilateral will also give the ANC and COSATU the opportunity to discuss at great length matters of e-tolling in Gauteng.

Issued by:
Gwede Mantashe
ANC Secretary General
African National Congress

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