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456
05-26-2014, 06:10 PM
Die berig het vandag op Moneyweb verskyn: http://www.moneyweb.co.za/moneyweb-south-africa/fear-that-amcu-will-bring-marikana-to-medupi

“Promises general workers R15 000 per month”

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is furiously recruiting members at Eskom’s Medupi site and stakeholders fear it might “bring Marikana to Medupi.”

The union however denies this and says it only wants to represent members like all other unions do.

Amcu played a leading role in an unprotected strike in the platinum industry in 2012 when 34 miners were killed during a clash with police near Marikana in the North West province.

The union is currently leading the protracted strike that has paralysed platinum miners Lonmin, Anglo Platinum and Impala Platinum since January 23 this year. Amcu is demanding a minimum wage of R12 500 per month that mining companies consider unaffordable. The strike has been characterised by high levels of intimidation and several workers have paid with their lives for their willingness to go to work.

Eskom has confirmed to Moneyweb that Amcu has applied for organisational rights at one of its contractors Actom, and said it is currently under consideration.

During a visit to Medupi last week, it was clear that stakeholders are extremely concerned about Amcu’s ambitions. They fear a repeat of labour unrest that plagued the site last year and delayed the construction of the power station that will supply additional power to the country’s electricity system that is currently under huge pressure.

The labour situation has been stabilised after the conclusion of a strategic Partnership Agreement late last year between all contractors, unions and Eskom. Moneyweb also found during its visit that productivity has greatly improved since then.

Moses Mqhayi, Amcu’s organiser in Limpopo told Moneyweb it has 700 members at Medupi, but Eskom said contractors cannot determine the Amcu membership because the union does not have the facilities to have membership fees deducted from the payroll.

Elias Mathuthu, full-time shop-steward for the rival National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) told Moneyweb Amcu is recruiting fiercely in the nearby township of Marapong.

Mathuthu queries Amcu’s membership claim. “If Amcu is recognised, it will destabilise Medupi as it did the platinum belt,” he said. “They just want positions (full-time shop-stewards) and will bring anarchy.”

Mathuthu alleges Amcu is making unrealistic promises to workers. That includes a monthly salary of R40 000 for artisans who currently earn R15 000 per month, excluding overtime, and R15 000 for general workers who currently earn about R3 000. Another source alleged Amcu also promises that it will demand the R250 travel allowance to be paid every month. Currently it is only being paid on long weekends and when the site shuts down at Easter and for the December holidays.

“The majority of workers will fall for it because people have the attitude that this is a project (of limited duration) and they must accumulate while they can.”

Mqhai denies this. He says he is the one organising Amcu’s entry at Medupi and he does not even know what workers there are earning at this stage. “They have a fear of the unknown,” he said.

Mathuthu said it is prudent that Numsa and its shop stewards defend their union by providing members with the correct information. Numsa has already intensified its efforts and it is bearing fruit. “Members see this (Amcu’s efforts) as mere positioning,” says Mathuthu.

Wayne Derksen, president of the Lephalale Chamber of Commerce confirmed Amcu’s recruitment drive. He said: “Amcu wants to take over Medupi and push Numsa out.”

He says the chamber is very concerned. “In Rustenburg businesses (affected by the platinum strike) are closing down. During the labour unrest at Medupi early last year businesses in Lephalale lost a total of R50 million in turn-over per day. We have just managed to recover. If work on site is again halted for months, guys are really going to get hurt.”

He said the site that currently has a labour force of about 14 000 people, has been stabilised, but Amcu is militant and unreasonable and makes false promises.

Mqhayi said it is unclear what informs perceptions that Amcu will destabilise Medupi. “They are thinking we are bringing trouble, but that is not our intention”, he said.

Moneyweb has learnt that contractors are opposing Amcu’s efforts to get organisational rights on the basis that it is not a member of either the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) or the Bargaining Council for Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI). Currently unions have to be members of either of these two councils to get representation on both Medupi and Kusile.

Both bargaining councils have a threshold of 5 000 members in that industry for a union to become a member and only members of these councils may be partners of the Project Labour Agreement (PLA) that governs labour relations on site.

The current PLA is however in the process of being phased out.

The question is whether this argument will trump Constitutional rights to representation, negotiations and to strike.

A source very close to the fire told Moneyweb contractors will have to sit with Amcu in the next few weeks to explain their position to the union. Mqhayi said a meeting with management may be scheduled for next week to discuss organisational rights for Amcu not only at Actom, but on the whole Medupi site.

He said Amcu has not yet seen the Partnership Agreement. He said the union will study it and discuss any problematic clauses with management.

Chris Jacobs, director at OIM International said a labour court ruling expected on June 5 about Amcu’s representation in the gold mining sector will lay down principles that may apply to Medupi.

He said it may be better to allow Amcu organisational rights, because the union will then have to abide by the rules. “If they are outside, there will be no control.”

He said in the bigger labour picture Amcu is a given. The union is trying to get a foothold “everywhere”. It has seen very rapid growth and negotiating with its inexperienced shop-stewards is often very difficult. Nevertheless its entrance at some workplaces turned out to be quite peaceful.

He said Amcu brings a new dynamic to the labour landscape and is expected to play a material role in a future political party representing workers.

Lukas
05-29-2014, 11:39 PM
456. Ek wil nou nie vermakerig klink nie maar hoeveel maande is hulle nou met hierdie nuus agter ons? Kan jy onthou ?

456
05-30-2014, 05:34 PM
Lukas, ek sal se 18 maande na 2 jaar ? Dalk langer as 2 jaar. Ons het dit agter gekom 'n maand of twee voor die Marikana insident plaas gevind het. Marikana het op 16 Augustus 2012 plaas gevind, en as ek kan reg onthou het ons dit al in April/Mei 2012 sien kom.

Lukas
05-31-2014, 03:06 AM
Dit laat ’n mens dink nč. Toe ons hulle probleem vir hulle opgelos het, was hulle ondankbaar dat daar niks gebeur het nie. Maar toe ons vir hulle verduidelik dat groot kontrakteurs die projek terwille van die rewolusie kelder om iewers in die toekoms die voorkeur kontrakteurs te word, toe word ons n sondebok wat openbare vergaderings en openbare optogte infiltreer.

Miskien moet ons daarop trots wees omdat ons die enigste maatskappy in die węreld was wat dit kon regkry om openbare optogte en openbare vergaderings te kon infiltreer.

Unregistered
06-11-2014, 08:23 PM
Waar is SwartbergISS nou?

Lukas
06-12-2014, 02:10 AM
Swartberg ISS help nou gemeenskappe om gemeenskap organisasies te stig. Swartberg sal ook binnekort 'n aanlyn winkel kry waar ons gespesialiseerde sekuriteits toerusting sal verkoop.

Die toerusting soos die draadsitter, wat n mens op heinings sit om spesefiek teen die knip van heinings te werk.

Verskillende self ontwerpte matte wat of in die huis of buite gebruik kan word om jou te waarsku wanneer mense n sekere area betree.

'n Ondergrondse kontrepsie wat ontwerp is om jou te waarsku wanneer voertuie op n sekere plek ry.

'n Tipe elektroniese mynveld wat jou waarsku wanneer mense n sekere gebied betree.

Die meeste van hierdie goed word deur Swartberg ISS self ontwerp en dens ons kommersiële kontrakte in die veld getoets. Dit sal na dat die boek oor tekens in die mark kom, stelsel matig vir kommersiële doeleindes beskikbaar gestel word.

Ons ondersoek ook Wifi kameras wat koordloos met ’n black flash sisteem gebruik kan word om sekere areas van tyd tot tyd te monitor. Die kameras sal tot n 100 meter van die rekenaar waarop dit gemonitor word, uitgeplaas kan word.

Omdat misdadigers beams en pootjie drade maklik in die nag kan sien, word die meeste van die goed ontwerp om onder die grond te versteek.

Ons maak byvoorbeeld verskillende grote matte. Die matte wat onder die grond versteek word kan voorkamer vensters begrawe word om te verhoed dat mense jou deur die kamervenster skiet.

Ander matte wat onder matjies in die huis versteek word, kan jou waarsku wanneer mense in die nag in jou huis insluip.

Een van die AKSKA lede het n voedoe pop ontwerp wat op beweging aktiveer. Wanneer iemand in die veld naby die pop verbly loop, begin die pop jou in Sjinees uittrap, terwyl die oë met rooi LED-liggies verlig word. Die pop het jagters wat met honde onwettig jag en diewe wat sonpanele steel, totaal verdryf.

Ons webblad sal binnekort weer op die lug kom en dan sal ons die snaakse alternatiewe sisteme amptelik vir kommersiële gebruik beskikbaar stel.

Aletta
06-13-2014, 08:08 PM
Mens kan soms regtig wonder oor sekere koerante se agendas. Beeld kondig vanoggend op sy voorblad aan dat "Werkers Seevier en Mynbase swig". Hier volg Flip Buys se antwoord op Beeld se voorblad:
Flip Buys skryf: Die Beeld se voorblad beweer in groot swart letters dat "Werkers seëvier" met die (hopelik) naderende einde vd Amcu staking. Dis jammer as dit lyk of ek alewig met Beeld verskil, maar dis 'n totale verkeerde vertolking vd gebeure.
Die opskrif moes eerder iets soos 'Verpletterende neerlaag vir werkers, vroue en kinders, nie-stakers, Rustenburg gemeenskap, Verskaffers, Aandeelhouers en pensioenfondslede, Beleggersvertroue, SA (nav die land se afgradering vandag), die Staatskas, werkloses en die ekonomie'. Selfs Amcu het sy eie geloofwaardigheid vernietig.
Die Myne het nie werklike toegewings gemaak, net maar pakkette herskik. Amcu-lede het verarm, gaan hul verliese prakties nooit weer inhaal, het hul bedingmag fataal ondermyn, baie gaan binnekort weens besnoeiings hul werk verloor, duisende werksgeleenthede gaan nooit geskep word nie omdat die myne nie geld het om nuwe skagte te sink nie, die mynbedryf en die hele ekonomie gaan al meer meganiseer, ens ens.
Die staking is nog nie verby, en die gevolge gaan nog maande voortduur. Al begin hul more weer werk, gaan dit sowat 2 maande vat voor die myne in volle produksie kom, en voedingshulp gaan nog v maande nodig wees.
Die werklike slagoffers is die sowat 40 000 nie-stakers en eienaars en werkers v talle klein besighede van wie talle finansieel ruďneer is. Maar daar is vir my 'n groot ligpunt: mense het met die Helpende hand en Kerke se hulpskemas gewys hul kan saamstaan en saamwerk en het hul nie laat onderkry nie. Dit hou mooi beloftes vd toekoms in.

Lukas
06-14-2014, 12:32 AM
Aletta. Nie al die werkers gaan werk nie. Daar is glo n klompie wat nou hulle verlore inkomste van die organiseerders van die staking gaan verhaal voor hulle weer gaan werk.

Dit is waarom ek se dat die politiek soos 'n gevorderde skaakspel is. Ons weet wat uiteindelik gaan gebeur maar hoe dit presies gaan gebeur bly altyd duister. Net wanneer jy dink dat jy dit nou raaksien, gebeur daar weer dinge wat jou stom of eerder dom slaan.

401
06-14-2014, 12:23 PM
Dit is waarom ek se dat die politiek soos 'n gevorderde skaakspel is. Ons weet wat uiteindelik gaan gebeur maar hoe dit presies gaan gebeur bly altyd duister. Net wanneer jy dink dat jy dit nou raaksien, gebeur daar weer dinge wat jou stom of eerder dom slaan.

Al wat ek hierop kan sę is: Amen! Ek dink ek voel minstens 3 of 4 keer per maand presies dieselfde.... ;)

Unregistered
06-15-2014, 10:05 PM
Labour court to decide on Medupi demobilisations.

PRETORIA - If the National Union of Metalworkers’ (Numsa’s) application being heard in the labour court this week succeeds, it may have a huge financial impact on two companies in the Murray & Roberts stable and affect future demobilisations of the labour force at Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile projects.

The case is being heard in Lephalale to accommodate workers and management who live near Medupi.

In essence, Numsa alleges that Murray & Roberts Projects (MRP) and Medupi Fabrication (MF) disguised the retrenchment of hundreds of Medupi workers late last year as demobilisations in terms of the Project Labour Agreement (PLA) and therefore failed to comply with section 189A (s189A) of the Labour Relations Act (LRA).

The PLA is a site specific agreement between contractors and unions that governs conditions of employment and labour relations. The conditions of the Medupi and Kusile PLAs are similar.

Respondents MRP and MF are confident they followed the correct procedure and the application won’t succeed.

MRP is contracted by the principal contractor Hitachi Power Africa (HPA) to construct the six boilers while MF is contracted for the onsite fabrication of ducting required in boiler construction.

Numsa asks the court to declare that the two companies should comply with s189A before terminating the employment contracts of certain Numsa members, to interdict them from terminating any employment contracts without complying with the section and to reinstate hundreds of workers whose employment was terminated without compliance to the section or to compensate them.

Murray & Roberts spokesperson Ed Jardim said it is difficult to quantify MRP’s and MF’s financial exposure, should the application succeed. He said a number of variables exist with regards to the ruling, or any subsequent negotiations with the parties.

Elias Mathuthu, full-time Numsa shop-steward who made the founding affidavit for the application, said it could cost the employers “millions and millions”.

Jardin did confirm if the application succeeds, depending on the ruling, almost 700 MRP employees and almost 100 MF employees will have to be reinstated or alternatively compensated from the time their employment was terminated, around September last year, until a s189A process has been completed.

He confirmed that the process of ending employment in terms of s189A takes longer than the prescribed demobilisation procedure in terms of the PLA and workers therefore remain on the payroll longer. Although unlikely, a severance package may also apply, he said.

Murray & Roberts also said the ruling will affect other employers on site who wish to demobilise. Currently about 14 000 people are employed at Medupi and this will be managed down through demobilisations as the construction project approaches completion.

The group said all companies follow the same demobilisation process and recently similar demobilisations were completed in consultation with Numsa and other unions.

Numsa argues the demobilisation procedure agreed upon in the PLA did not apply to these specific workers, because the specific work they were employed to do was still on-going.

Murray & Roberts argues that it had been instructed in October 2011 to escalate the construction of boiler 6 and had to employ an extra 400 workers to do that. By the end of October 2012 the escalation was completed and there was a surplus of labour.

Eskom however halted all demobilisations at that stage. Workers were largely idle and average productivity was very low.

In January 2013 Numsa rejected the PLA. This period was characterised by regular unprotected strikes and work stoppages on site.

By June 2013 a Partnership Agreement was concluded between Eskom, contractors and the unions. This is a strategic document that informed the way forward. Eskom then lifted the ban on demobilisations in July. After further labour unrest, the site was again closed and demobilisations stopped. It re-opened on August 16 and the two employers started with the demobilisation process that Numsa is objecting to in its application.

The workers were demobilised early in September.

Shevaughn Guilbride, MRP’s industrial relations manager said in an affidavit that the demobilisation terms at Medupi are “generous” and workers get a project completion bonus of between R10 000 and R60 000. About 2 000 workers at Medupi have already been demobilised in consultation with Numsa and other unions.

She said s189 and s189A assume indefinite employment contracts. At Medupi all contracts are of limited duration, because it is a project that ends when the construction of the power station is completed. Some of the contracts are only for two months. She said the consultation in terms of s189A may run for 90 days and, if applied to the Medupi contracts, would have to start when employment commences.

The court proceeding is scheduled to run from May 26 to June 6.

http://www.moneyweb.co.za/moneyweb-industrials/numsa-applies-for-order-against-murray--roberts