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Workers Unions At Home Affairs Plan to Embark on Strike

7 June 2017

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6 June 2017

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Workers Unions At Home Affairs Plan to Embark on Strike

7 June 2017

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6 June 2017

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12 May 2017

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LOUZANNE COETZEE & WAYDE VAN NIEKERK RAISED OUR SA FLAG AGAIN

6 June 2017

FREE STATE ATHLETES BREAK RECORDS Two Free State athletes, Louzanne Coetzee and Wayde van Niekerk, continue to break international records and raise the bar very high as they strive to fly the South African flag on international stages. On Monday 05 June 2017, the blind Bloemfontein runner, Louzanne Coetzee, broke her T11 5000m world record...

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Kerileng Breaks Provincial Record

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Workers Unions At Home Affairs Plan to Embark on Strike


Outcome of Conciliation between the Department of Home Affairs and unions on working hours

On the 6 June 2017, the Department of Home Affairs and the unions set for conciliation at the General Public Service Sector Bargaining Council (GPSSBC) pursuant to the Constitutional Court’s directive that the dispute be referred for conciliation.
The Department has been engaged in a protracted dispute with the PSA, NEHAWU and NUPSAW on the issue of implementation of new opening and closing hours. This dispute dates as far back as March 2015.
As you would recall, the unions objected to officials working on Saturdays, which, according to them, officials would effectively be required to work for 6 days in a week as opposed to 5 days. This, according to the unions, meant extra transport costs for officials spread over 6 days, to cover Saturdays, and costs incurred towards caring for members’ minor children, as well as leave allocation.
Pursuant to the unions’ demands that the Department either compensate employees working on Saturday or reverting to a system where employees work a five day week, from Monday to Friday, the Department indicated it is not in a financial position to consider and accede to this demand. Instead, it tabled an alternative settlement proposal in which officials would be granted a day off during the week, on Wednesdays, to ensure that they do not extend their days over 6 days.
In this way, officials would not incur additional transport costs and would be able to make appropriate arrangements for child care like other staff working a 5-day shift per week. The compromise would ensure also that fears around allocation and calculation of leave days would be allayed – with no official affected by whether they did a 5-day or 6-day shift. This would further mean that officials would work a full day on a Saturday comprising an 8-hour shift. Officials would still work a total of 40 hours per week in line with the laws of the Republic.
The unions rejected the Department’s offer in this regard and instead tabled a further demand that the Department suspend the 2015 circular that gave effect to the implementation of the 2015 opening and closing hours, suggesting further that officials should be allowed to work on Saturdays albeit on a voluntary basis. This proposal was not acceptable to the Department as it would pose serious challenges for proper planning, work scheduling and accountability, and would also compromise service delivery which the Public has become accustomed to.
The Department’s offer of a day off for a Saturday worked would be similar to the arrangement made in 2010-2014 in terms of which a day off was granted for Saturday work. The only exception, however, was that in the previous dispensation, officials would be allowed to take any day of the week. That dispensation presented serious challenges to the administration of the Department in that officials tended to take different days in the week which resulted in the Department perpetually operating on limited personnel. The proposal tabled by the Department today, that officials be granted Wednesday off, was intended to cure that challenge.
Subsequent to the conciliation effort undertaken today, which effort regrettably failed to yield any positive outcome, the unions have now served the Department with a notice to strike on 19 June 2017.
In light of these developments, the Department wishes to advise officials that the status quo remains and that officials are expected to comply with the current opening and closing hours for Civic Services Front Offices.

Meanwhile, the Department reserves its rights.

Posted by Tankane Pitso

Issued by GCIS on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs

David Hlabane
Thabo Mokgola
Mpume Madlala

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