Congress 2001

 

1.1.       ORGANISING NEW SECTORS

 

This Congress

 

(i)                     Noting that affiliates membership is declining as a result of restructuring of the South African economy.

 

(ii)                    Further noting that the service industry is growing whilst there is a decline in the manufacturing sector.

 

(iii)                   Observing that the difference  between industries is being blurred by the processes of globalisation.

 

 

This Congress therefore resolves to:

 

1.             Direct the NACTU Central Committee to investigate and redefines industrial sectors.

 

2.             Direct the Central Committee and Secretariat to co-ordinate affiliates that operates in the same sector.

 

3.             Direct the Central Committee and Secretariat to build NACTU membership within the service sector.

 

MOVER:           SACWU

SECONDER:

 

1.2.       MERGERS

 

This Congress noting  

 

(i)                     Many NACTU affiliates are operating in the same sector.

 

(ii)                    That co-ordination amongst affiliates operating in the same sector is poor.

 

(iii)                   There is competition amongst affiliates for membership as a result of unions operating in the same sector.

 

This Congress therefore resolves that

 

1.             Affiliates operating in the same sector should merge

 

2.             The Central Committee should direct and conduct such mergers.

 

3.             Prior to mergers, affiliates operating in the same sector should be directed by the Central Committee to coordinate their organizing and collective bargaining activities.

4.             Newly admitted affiliates to merge within 12 months of joining the Federation.

5.             A four year time frame be applicable for affiliates to complete the merging process.

6.             The following criteria shall apply to all mergers:

        A comprehensive declaration on their current status

        Transparency

        Audited financial statements be made available

 

MOVER:   MESHAWU, HOTELICCA

SECONDER

 

1.3.       ORGANISING              

 

This Congress  

(i)                     Noting the efforts of the Central Committee in building NACTU through organizing. 

(ii)                    Concerned with the lack of organizing programmes within NACTU affiliates. 

(iii)                   Further noting the impact of globalisation on affiliates and on membership. 

(iv)                  Reaffirming the 1997 Resolutions in creating an organizing committee.

This Congress therefore resolves to:

1.         Call on affiliates to establish an organizing programme.

2.         Direct the Central Committee to receive organizing reports from affiliates on a quarterly basis.

3.         The Central Committee to monitor local, regional and provincial organizing  activities on a regular basis.

 

4.         Create a fund for this purpose. 

 

MOVER: BIFAWU

SECONDER:

 

1.4.       BUILDING A REPRESENTATIVE NACTU

 

This Congress 

(i)                     Acknowledging the political breakthrough of 1994 as a significant step in the building of a democratic non-racial society.

 

(ii)                    Realising that the building of a non-racial society is the responsibility of all progressive forces.

 

(iii)                   Noting that NACTU membership and staff is not representative of communities that make up South African Society.

 

(iv)                  Concerned with perceptions that NACTU is only a black organization.

(v)                   Recalling the founding principle of non-racialism of NACTU.

This Congress therefore resolves: 

1.      That NACTU and affiliates should work in organizing all workers irrespective of race, colour or creed.

 

2.         NACTU and affiliates employment and staffing should be representative and reflect the non-racial nature and character of NACTU.

 

3.         Any employment to be based on loyalty to NACTU policies and principles.

 

 

MOVER:  HIAWU

SECONDER

 

1.5.       USING EDUCATION TO BUILD DEMOCRACY WITHIN UNIONS

This Congress:

(i)         Noting that Education is central to internal democracy within the union.

(ii)         Believing that worker control without a relevant and consistent education programme within affiliate is undermined.

 

(iii)        Further noting that Development an authentic working class leadership is dependent on education.

(iv)        Further noting that affiliates do not have planned programmes on education.

This Congress therefore resolves:

1.         That the issue of worker education shall be at the top of the agenda within NACTU and affiliates.

 

2.         To promote and encourage research into the educational needs and priorities of workers.

 

3.         Set up proper and effective educational infrastructure at provincial, regional and local level.

 

4.         That affiliates submit educational programme proposals to CC for approval subject to compliance with accountability requirements. 

MOVER: SACWU

SECONDER: 

 

1.6.       STAFF DEVELOPMENT

This Congress noting:

(i)                     The lack of investment in staff development by affiliates.

(ii)                    The ETDP SETA that provides opportunities to unions to develop capacity of staff.

 

(iii)                   Realizing the need for officials with capacity and administrative level at organization.

 

This Congress therefore resolves:

1.         To Implement skills development for staff and do all that is necessary to achieve this.

2.         Participate fully and support in the ETDP SETA and all its processes.

3.         Make staff development a top priority issue.

MOVER: MESHAWU

SECONDER:

 

1.7.       EDUCATION AND DITSELA

This Congress:

(i)                     Noting that Trade Union education plays an integral part in developing and political consciousness needed to attain our political objective.

 

(ii)                    Further noting that educational provision should take place at all levels of organization i.e. local, provincial, national and international.

 

(iii)                   Believing that Trade Union education must in all instances aim to achieve collective goals and aspirations and enhance NACTU to guard against trade union education becoming individualized.

 

(iv)                  Further noting that it would be foolish of NACTU to isolate its educational provision from TU education institutions such as DITSELA.

 

(v)                   Further noting the instrumental role NACTU played in the establishment of DITSELA. 

 

This Congress therefore resolves that:

1.         Educational committees should be established at all levels of organization.

2.         NACTU actively participates in DITSELA structures.

1.             Our participation at DITSELA, and any other Labour Service Organisation (LSO), should be informed by our Political and Organisational Resolutions and Principles.

 

MOVER: TOWU

SECONDER:

 

1.8        PROMOTING GENDER EQUALITY

 

This Congress   

(i)                     Noting that Gender power relations from society are not reflected in the trade union movement.

 

(ii)                    Concerned about the lack of policies and programmes within affiliates to promote gender equality.

 

(iii)                   Further concerned about some affiliates that do not have gender coordinators.

 

(iv)                  Further noting that affiliates that do not provide financial support to carry out gender activities to promote gender equality.

 

(v)                   Further noting that NACTU does not have a clear policy position on gender equality.

 

This Congress therefore resolves that 

1.             The NACTU Central Committee should receive reports on gender activities of each affiliates.

 

2.             To direct each affiliate to have a gender co-coordinator within affiliates.

 

3.             Each affiliate should reserve one third of seats within their National Executives Central Committee as part of positive action to promote gender equality.

4.         NACTU develop a policy document on gender equality.

 

5.         Affiliates submit quarterly reports to the Central Committee on their programmes of promoting gender equality.

 

MOVER: NUFBWSAW

SECONDER:

 

1.9        CONSISTENCY OF AFFILIATES REPRESENTATIVES TO THE NACTU CENTRAL COMMITTEE

 

This Congress

 

(i)                     Noting the inconsistency of representatives of affiliates to the Central Committee.

 

(ii)                    Concerned about continuity in Central Committee.

(iii)                   Realising consistency of delegates at NACTU Central Committee is necessary for flow of information and team work.

 

This Congress therefore resolves that :

 

1.         Section 11.2 of the NACTU Constitution should be enforced.

2.         No persons shall be allowed to attend NACTU Central Committee without the unions having informed NACTU in terms of Section 11.2.

 

MOVER: BIFAWU, SACWU, TOWU, HIAWU, NUFBWSAW

SECONDER:

 

1.10      NACTU MEDIA & PUBLICITY DEPARTMENT

 

This Congress:

 

1.         Noting that NACTU does not have a dedicated Media and Publicity Department.

 

2.         Further noting that Policy Positions on various issues affecting the Labour Market, Society and Economy are absent in the print and electronic media.

 

3.         Realising that capacity building and marketing of NACTU is not  effectively publicized and lacks identity.

 

4.         Further realizing that there is an absence of campaigns and programmes to promote and build the image of NACTU.

 

This Congress therefore resolves:

 

(i)                     That NACTU employ a fulltime Media and Publicity official.

 

(ii)                    That NACTU makes comments and representations relevant to Labour, Political and Socio-Economic issues at every opportunity and clearly states it’s policy positions.

 

(iii)                   That NACTU identify issues that effect members and embark on programmes and campaigns.

 

MOVER: HOTELLICA

SECONDER:

 

1.11.       DEVELOPING TRADE UNION EDUCATION

 

This Congress

 

(i)                     Concerned about the quality of education at affiliate level.

(ii)                    Further noting that some affiliates do not have co-ordinated approach to education.

 

(iii)                   Believing that education is central to the building of the union movement.

 

(iv)                  Acknowledging that for a successful prosecution of the class struggle education within affiliates must have a class bias.

 

 

This Congress therefore resolves to:

1.         To direct every affiliate to have an education department.

2.         That every affiliate must have an education policy to build class

             consciousness amongst members.

 

MOVER:    SACWU

SECONDER 

2.1.       NACTU AND AFFILIATES INPUT INTO THE NEDLAC PROCESS

This Congress

 

(i)                     Noting that Social dialogue is an incremental advance for the working class.

 

(ii)                    NEDLAC is a central institution of social dialogue in South Africa.

 

(iii)                   Concerned that affiliated unions of NACTU do not have a strategic programme that takes NEDLAC into consideration in their work programs.

 

(iv)                  Considering that NEDLAC provides a platform for working class to engage with capital and the state on issues concerning workers.

 

(v)                   Applauding the establishment of the Labour Market Department by NACTU

 

This Congress therefore resolves:

 

1.         NACTU to establish an Economic and Social Policy Committee from affiliates to make considered inputs in the Nedlac Labour constituency and NEDLAC.

 

2.         Each affiliate to participate into activities of Nedlac.

 

3.         NACTU to ensure that it is represented in all Nedlac Chambers.

 

4.         NACTU to ensure the reports of Nedlac reach provincial, regional and local  structures

 

5.         Education Programme includes Nedlac activities.

 

MOVER: NUFAW

SECONDER:

 

2.2.       SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

 

This Congress

 

(i)                     Noting the enhancement of the Skills Development Act by Parliament.

 

(ii)                    Acknowledging that the Act is designed to empower workers and to develop their skills.

 

(iii)                   Concerned about affiliates who do not participate on SETA’s.

 

This Congress therefore resolves:

 

1.         Every affiliate should participate on SETA’s.

 

2.         All affiliates should ensure that in each and every plant, training takes place.

 

3.         Affiliates should provide the federation with annual report on Skills Development in their sectors.

 

4.         Each affiliate should also ensure that the Department of Labour receives reports on Skills Development, Progress and Shortcoming.

 

MOVER: NUFAW, SACWU, BIFAWU, TAWU

SECONDER:

2.3.       IMF AND THE WORLD BANK

This Congress:

 

(i)                     Noting that the IMF and the World Bank are having an influence on developing countries economies.

 

(ii)                    Concerned that South African Government through GEAR a self imposed IMF and World Bank structural adjustment programme.

 

(iii)                   Concerned with the insensitivity of the government on the plight of the poor in South Africa.

 

This Congress therefore resolves:

 

1.         That NACTU should condemn the IMF and the World Bank structural adjustment programme.

 

2.         NACTU should work with international working class forces to fight IMF and the World Bank structural adjustment programmes.

 

3.         NACTU should carry out educational programme on the damage the IMF and the World Bank programmes such as GEAR causes to workers and communities.

 

MOVER: BIFAWU, MESHAWU, TAWU

SECONDER:

 

2.4.       MILLENNIUM LABOUR COUNCIL

This Congress:

 

(i)                     Noting the establishment of the Millennium Labour Council between labour and business.

 

(ii)                    Being conscious that relations between business  and labour are of a class nature.

 

(iii)                   Acknowledging that at this juncture Capital has an advantage due to the imbalance of class forces.

 

(iv)                  Further noting the primary responsibility of unions is to engage capital to be instrumental to advance worker’s interest.

 

This Congress resolves:

 

1.         To direct the Central Committee of NACTU to participate in the Millennium Labour Council guided by working class consciousness.

 

2.         That NACTU should engage the MLC in Alliance with other working class forces.

 

3.         That NACTU to withdraw from MLC if it does not advance working class interests

 

MOVER: NUFBWSAW

SECONDER:

 

3.1        SOLIDARITY WITH CUBA

This Congress:

1.         Noting the suffering of the Cuban people under the American blockade.

2.         Concerned with American Governments International arrogance.

3.         Applauding the role of  Cuban Internationalism in the South African negotiated settlement.

 

4.         Condemning the continued silence of the International Community on the suffering of Cuban Working People caused by the American Blockade.

 

The Congress therefore resolves:

 

1.         To pledge solidarity with the Cuban people.

 

2.         To work with International and other class forces to end the American Blockade against Cuba.

 

3.         To call upon the ICFTU to campaign for the end of the Cuban Blockade.

 

4.         To send a clear message of support to the Cuban working class.

 

MOVER:   BIFAWU

SECONDER

 

3.2        GLOBALISATION

 

This Congress noting that

 

(i)                     Globalisation is a reality that is affecting working people, their families and unions.

 

(ii)                    South Africa has now become part of the global market that is without rules.

 

(iii)                   Worker job security and social benefits are under attack by the global market.

 

(iv)                  The efforts of the ICFTU, TUAC - OECD and the It’s in fighting for a rules based global trading system.

 

 

This Congress therefore resolves that

 

1.             NACTU continues to work with and through ICFTU and its related it’s for the inclusion of labour standards in trade agreements.

 

2.             NACTU should fight for a social plan for workers within the restructuring of the South African economy.

 

3.             NACTU to work with other progressive forces nationally and internationally for rules based on global trading system.

 

 

MOVER: BIFAWU

SECONDER: 

 

3.3        INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE

This Congress

 

1.         Noting that very few affiliates have international contacts.

2.         Concerned with the impact of globalisation and lack of international solidarity work.

 

3.         Believing in the international working class solidarity  in the fight against capitalism.

 

4.             Reaffirming the 1997 Congress Resolution on the establishment of a Committee on International Solidarity.

 

This Congress therefore resolves that:

(i)                     The Central Committee should establish an International Committee.

(ii)                    Every affiliate to participate in the International Committee and provide report.

 

(iii)                 The International Committee be the Centre of International Solidarity activities of NACTU and affiliates.

 

MOVER:  SACWU, TAWU, HOTELICCA

SECONDER

 

3.4        FIGHTING FOR SOCIAL CLAUSE IN TRADE AGREEMENTS

 

This Congress

 

(i)                     Recognising the role of ICFTU and TUAC-OECD in the fight for a rule based on global system of trading.

 

(ii)                    Concerned about the problems of developing countries within the WTO.

(iii)                   Condemning the dominance of the rich countries of the WTO.

(iv)                  Believing that ILO’s Core Conventions should be included in trade agreements.

 

(v)                   Noting the world appreciates of the South African Government record on human and Trade Union Rights.

 

This Congress therefore resolves:

1.         To call upon the South African Government to include a Social Clause in all trade agreements.

 

2.         To fight for the promotion of human and trade union rights by using trade agreements.

 

3.         To condemn the unfair regime of the WTO against developing countries.

4.         Condemn the protectionism of the European Union on agricultural products from developing countries.

 

5.        To support the Government efforts to co-ordinate developing countries with          the WTO.

 

MOVER:   SACWU, BCAWU

SECONDER

 

3.5       AFRICAN RENAISSANCE

 

This Congress

 

(i)                     Noting that we are part of a continent that is suffering from disease, civil wars and human rights violation.

 

(ii)                    Condemning the corruption of African leaders and dictatorship.

(iii)                   Applauding the steps of the South African Government in promoting African Renaissance.

 

(iv)                  Further condemning opportunists who want to use African Renaissance for self gain.

 

This Congress therefore resolves:

 

1.         To support an African Renaissance driven by ordinary people not greedy individuals.

 

2.         To direct the Central Committee to participate in African Renaissance programmes and to give a class content to these programmes.

 

3.         To work with democratic African Trade Union on African Renaissance.

 

MOVER:  MEWUSA, MESHAWU

SECONDER

 

4.1.       GEAR

 

This Congress

 

(i)                     Recalling the 1994 and 1997 resolutions on the economy.

(ii)                    Believing that GEAR as a macro-economic policy has failed.

(iii)                   Concerned about the contractionary fiscal policies of the Government.

(iv)                  Condemning the investment strike by South African captains of business.

 

(v)                   Further noting the growing unemployment and poverty in our country and the failure of the government to deliver.

 

This Congress therefore resolves to:

 

1.             Condemn GEAR as an economic policy that impourishes the disadvantaged.

 

2.             Call upon the government to abandon GEAR and institute policies that will address poverty.

 

3.             NACTU and its affiliates to actively oppose GEAR.

 

4.             NACTU to work with other progressive class forces to fight for an economic policy that is pro-people.

 

MOVER:           BCAWU

SECONDER:

 

4.2        BLACK ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

This Congress:

(i)                     Acknowledging that Black Economic Empowerment is a historical and political imperative given the legacy.

 

(ii)                    Noting that Black Economic Empowerment has been also used as part of capitals arsenal in the attack against workers rights.

 

(iii)                   Further noting that some of the Black Empowerment Companies are the worst violator of trade union rights.

 

(iv)                  Believing that Black Economic Empowerment cannot be a preserve of the few.

 

This Congress therefore resolves:

1.         That Black Economic Empowerment should not be enrichment of the few.

2.         To the Empowerment of the majority to direct the Central Committee to engage with Black Business Organisation. on workers rights.

 

3.         NACTU should engage government to  the concept of Black Economic Empowerment and Procurement Policies its .

 

4.         NACTU should work to ensure procurement policies, enhance worker’s rights and compliance with social responsibilities.

 

5.         NACTU should engage government on nepotism and favouritism that has been characterized national and provincial tender boards in the name of Black Economic Empowerment.

 
MOVER: MESHAWU, TAWU, HOTELLICA

SECONDER:

 

4.3.       PRIVATISATION

 

This Congress

 

(i)                     Noting that the government has adopted privatization as its policy.

(ii)                    Concerned of the job losses in the parastatals and supplier companies to parastatals as a result of privatization.

 

(iii)                   Further noting that the privatization policies is driven by greedy individuals who want to steal national assets in the name of Black Economic Empowerment.

 

This Congress therefore resolves to:

 

1.         Condemn the current privatization of parastatals that provide basic services to workers and communities.

 

2.         Call upon the government not to use restructuring as a ploy for privatisation.

 

3.         NACTU should work with other class forces to actively oppose privatization of parastatals that provide basic services such as electricity, transport, water and communications.

 

MOVER: MESHAWU, HOTELLICA

SECONDER:

 

4.4.       INFLATION TARGETING

This Congress noting:

1.         That the government through the Ministry of National Treasury and the Reserve Bank has since February 2000 instituted inflation targeting.

 

2.         Concerned that this inflation targeting was done without consultation with social partners.

 

3.         Further noting that the inflation targeting is a form of restraint on wage and salary increment.

 

4.             Believing that the inflation targeting is being used to undermine wage negotiation in both the public and private sector.

 

This Congress therefore resolves that:

1.         NACTU to work with other Labour Constituents of NEDLAC to bring the matter into NEDLAC.

 

2.         To ensure that inflation targeting does not undermine workplace transformation and discrepancy that are designed to reduce wage disparities.

 

3.         The inflation target should not used suppress wages in sectors such as agriculture and domestic workers.

 

MOVER: NUFAW, SACWU, MEWUSA, TAWU

SECONDER: 

 

5.1.       DEVELOPING AN HIV / AIDS PROGRAMME

 

This Congress noting that

 

(i)                     HIV/AIDS has reached pandemic proportions.

(ii)                    The world is not anywhere near in finding a cure for the disease.

(iii)                   HIV/AIDS is not only a health issue but has economic and social ramifications.

 

(iv)                  The rate of infection is reducing population growth of South Africa and the life expectance of the population.

 

(v)                   HIV/AIDS strikes people at their prime of economic life and has an effect on individual households, communities, government, business and the national economy.

 

(vi)                  The inadequacy of proper workplace HIV/AIDS programme exacerbate reduction of productivity and increase costs due to absentiseem.

 

(vii)                 Discrimination against HIV/AIDS positive workers by both employers and co-workers is still a reality and rife in the South African workplace and fuels the spread of the disease.

 

(viii)                The South African response to HIV/AIDS has been disappointing and government lacks the political will to tackle the scourge.

 

(ix)                  Government has not been transparent in its agreement with pharmaceutical companies on intellectual property rights.

 

(x)                   The relevant government ministry continues to display its arrogance and remain adamant in refusing to provide cheaper generics.

 

(xi)                  NACTU affiliates remain in active and less aggressive in the campaign against HIV/AIDS.

 

This Congress therefore resolves that:

 

1.             NACTU and its affiliates should strengthen its work with NAPWA and TAC and other democratic/progressive institutions of civil society in the campaign on HIV/AIDS.

 

2.             NACTU to engage government through SANAC structure at all levels and solicit funds for HIV/AIDS educational campaign.

 

3.             NACTU to embark on a national sustained campaign and bring pressure to bear on government to provide cheaper generics.

 

4.             The Central Committee be mandated to give directives to affiliates to participate effectively and efficiently in HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns.

 

5.             NACTU to allocate funds for a national HIV/AIDS policy formulation Conference/workshop.

 

MOVER: NUFBWSAW, TAWU

SECONDER: 

 

5.2        HIV / AIDS AND THE WORLD OF WORK

This Congress noting that:

(i)                     HIV / AIDS has reached epidemic proportions.

(ii)                    The world is not anywhere near in finding a cure for the disease.

(iii)                   HIV / AIDS is not only a health issue but has economic and social ramifications.

 

(iv)                  The rate of infection is reducing population growth of South Africa and the life expectancy of the population.

 

(v)                   HIV / AIDS strikes people at their prime of economic life and has an effect on individual households, communities, government, business and the national economy.

 

(vi)                  The inadequacy of proper workplace HIV / AIDS programme exacerbates reduction of productivity and increase costs due to absentiseem.

 

(vii)                 Discrimination against HIV / AIDS positive workers by both employers and co-workers is still a reality and rife in the South African workplace and fuels the spread of the disease.

 

(viii)                The South African response to HIV / AIDS has been disappointing and government lacks the political will to tackle the scourge.

 

(ix)                  Government has not been transparent in its agreement with pharmaceutical companies on intellectual property rights.

 

(x)                   The relevant government ministry continues to display its arrogance and remain adamant in refusing to provide cheaper generics.

 

(xi)                  NACTU affiliates remain in active and less aggressive in the campaign against HIV / AIDS.

 

(xii)                 Noting the sensitivity of pharmaceutical companies on HIV / AIDS.

 

(xiii)                Concerned with the policies of government on lack of treatment of people who are HIV / AIDS positive.

 

(xiv)                Further noting the lack of political will by the government to fight HIV / AIDS pandemic.

 

(xv)                 Condemning the beggar attitude by the government to fight HIV / AIDS.

 

(xvi)                Worried by the political opportunism towards HIV / AIDS.

 

 

This Congress thereafter resolves:

 

1.         To condemn begging bowl attitude of the government on HIV / AIDS.

 

2.         Call on the government not to rely on donors to fight HIV / AIDS but to provide resources from the National Budget.

 

3.         To demand that the government provides treatment for people with HIV / AIDS.

 

4.         That NACTU must unite with other organizations to fight for free treatment people living with HIV / AIDS.

 

MOVER: NUFBSAW, TAWU

SECONDER

 

5.3        FIGHTING POVERTY

This Congress:

(i)                     Realizing the historic and political imperative of creating a non-racial society.

 

(ii)                    Further noting that poverty creates tribal and racial enmity that can defeat the objectives of the National Democratic Revolution and Class-consciousness.

 

(iii)                   Poverty creates the vicious cycle of disease and unemployment.

 

This Congress therefore resolves to:

1.         Direct the Central Committee and the Secretariat to work with other labour governments to entrench democracy and non-racialism and socialism.

 

2.         Direct the Central Committee and the Secretariat to engage business and government on the issue of poverty work.

 

3.         Direct NACTU to work with civic and community organizations to fight poverty.

 

MOVER: NUFAW

SECONDER

 

5.4.       PUBLIC HEALTH

This process noting:

(i)                     The serious deterioration of the Public Health Services.

(ii)                    The governments inability to provide quality healthcare to the poor.

(iii)                   The ineffective implementation of the primary healthcare policy and national healthcare system.

 

(iv)                  The exorbitant prices of medicines imposed by the pharmaceutical cabals.

 

(v)                   The serious deterioration of the Public Health Services.

(vi)                  The governments inability to provide quality healthcare to the poor.

(vii)                 The ineffective implementation of the primary healthcare policy and national healthcare system.

 

(viii)                The exorbitant prices of medicines imposed by the pharmaceutical cabals.

 

This Congress therefore resolves:

1.         To be vocal against the government’s inability to deliver quality health care to the poor.

 

2.         To strongly oppose price fixing by pharmaceutical conglomerates.

3.         To pressurize the government in implementing effective and efficient management of the Public Health System.

 

4.         To urge the government to make quality healthcare easily available to the poor.

 

MOVER: MESHAWU

SECONDER:

 

6.         PUBLIC EDUCATION

This Congress:

(i)                     Noting the failure of the South African Schools Act and Curriculum 2005 to effectively transform education in schools and universities.

 

(ii)                    Concerned by the lack of sufficient funding by government of state schools.

 

(iii)                   Further concerned by the Government inconsistency in implementing a standard education policy.

 

(iv)                  Further noting the mass retrenchment and redeployment of educators.

 

(v)                   Continuing racism in some schools.

(vi)                  Noting the failure of the South African Schools Act and Curriculum 2005 to effectively transform education in schools and universities.

 

(vii)                 Concerned by the lack of sufficient funding by government of state schools.

 

(viii)                Further concerned by the Government inconsistency in implementing a standard education policy.

 

(ix)                  Further noting the mass retrenchment and redeployment of educators.

 

(x)                   Continuing racism in some schools.

 

(xi)                  Further noting the lack of consultation by government with stakeholders in implementing changes.

 

 

This Congress resolves:

 

1.         To urge the government to adopt a more positive approach in the effective implementation of the School’s Act and Curriculum 2005.

 

2.         Calls upon government to increase funding for state schools and provide financial assistance for the under privileged at schools and tertiary levels.

 

3.         That government places an immediate moratorium on retrenchment and redeployment of educators.

 

4.         To further call upon government to stamp-out racist elements in public and private schools.

 

MOVER:    PEU

SECONDER

 

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

 

7.1.       BUILDING PROVINCIAL STRUCTURES

 

This Congress

 

(i)                     Noting that the South African political geography has changed since 1994.

 

(ii)                    Realizing that NACTU need to co-ordinates its activities according to the political geography.

 

(iii)                   Furthering that the NACTU Constitution does not accommodate provinces.

 

(iv)                  Acknowledging the Central Committee decision of July 1999 to build Provincial  Structures in line with the politics

 

This Congress therefore resolves

 

  1. To amend Section 13 of the Constitution to read  “The Establishment of Provincial Structures of the Federation”.

 

  1. Where it reads “regional” it should be “provincial” and where it reads “local” it should be “regional”.

 

  1. That local structures should remain and 3 locals to form a region and three regions should form a provincial structure in terms of the South African political map.

 

MOVER:  BIFAWU, NUFAW

SECONDER….

 

 

7.2.       REDUCING THE NUMBER OF CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETINGS

 

This Congress noting

 

(i)                     The recommendations of the strategic workshop and the National Office Bearers on the 18 – 20 June 1999 and the decision of the Central Committee meeting held on July 1999.

 

(ii)                    The expenses of running the Central Committee for affiliates and the federation.

 

(iii)                   The need for a time allowance in implementation of decision of the Central Committee.

 

This Congress therefore resolves to:

 

1.             Amend the Constitution to cater for only six (6) Central Committee meeting instead of ten (10).

 

2.             That section 11.1. of the Constitution be amended to include provinces instead of regions and provincial representatives to attend Central Committee meetings.

 

MOVER:           SACWU, MEWUSA, MESHAWU, BCAWU, HIAWU

SECONDER

 

 

 

 

 TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION.

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                                                           TOPICS

 

1                                              ORGANISATIONAL ISSUES.

 

1.1.                               Organising new sectors

1.2                                Mergers

1.3                                Organising

1.4                                Building a representative NACTU

1.5                               Using Education to build democracy within          unions

1.6                                          Staff Development

1.7                                          Education and Ditsela

1.8                                          Promoting Gender Equality

1.9                                          Consistency of affiliates representatives to NACTU Central Committee

1.10                                        NACTU Media and Publicity Department

1.11                                        Developing Trade Union Education

 

2.                                             LABOUR MARKET ISSUES.

 

2.1                                NACTU and affiliates input into the NEDLAC processes.

        Skills Development

        IMF and the World Bank

        Millenium Labour Council

 

3.                                             INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS.

 

3.1                                Solidarity with CUBA

        Globalisation

        International Solidarity Committee

        Fighting for Social clause in Trade Agreement

        African Renaissance                                                                 

 

4.                                             ECONOMIC ISSUES.

 

4.1                                GEAR

            4.2.                              Black Economic Empowerment

4.3.                                         Privatisation.

4.4.                                         Inflation Targetting

 

5.                                             SOCIAL ISSUES.

 

5.1                                Developing an HIV/AIDS Programme

        HIV/AIDS and the World of Work

        Fighting poverty

        Public Health

 

6.                                             PUBLIC EDUCATION

 

7.                                              CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

 

7.1.                                          Building Provincial Structures

7.2.                                          Reducing the number of CC Meetings

                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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