• Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council

    Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council

    A Bargaining Council positioned to advance and influence change in the labour market environment

  • Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council

    Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council

    Promoting sound labour relations through collective bargaining and dispute management both locally and internationally

  • Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council

    Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council

    Our Values
    Integrity; Efficiency; Accountability; Good Governance and Equity

  • Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council

    Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council

    Promoting sound labour relations through collective bargaining and dispute management both locally and internationally

  • Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council

    Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council

    A Bargaining Council positioned to advance and influence change in the labour market environment

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Welcome to the PSCBC

Welcome to the website for the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) which aims to provide comprehensive information regarding the PSCBC as a co-ordinating bargaining council and its functions.

We trust that you will find this website both informative and of value  

Our Vision

A Bargaining Council positioned to advance and influence change in the labour market environment

Our Mission

Promoting sound labour relations through collective bargaining and dispute management both locally and internationally

Our Values

Integrity
Efficiency
Accountability
Good Governance
Equity

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LABOUR NEWS:

NUM SIGNED A WAGE AGREEMENT WITH GEOMACHANICS – POLITY

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Geomachanics today successfully concluded their negotiations for a one-year wage agreement ending a 3 days strike at the drilling and mineral exploration company.

Geomachanics workers downed tools on Monday 10 January 2017 demanding a salary increase of 15% across the board, provident fund and bonuses.

The agreement will see wage increases of up to 10% for the workers, back dated from June 2016. This also includes R300 allowance per day for work done outside the country.

The agreement will be in force for the period 2016/2017. Among the highlights of the agreement is the creation of a provident fund for workers with a 7.5 % contribution from each party.

The employer also agreed to pay all employees an amount equal to the employee's basic salary as an annual bonus or 13th cheque in December each year.

The signing of this one-year wage agreement is a significant achievement as it marks the first time for Geomachanics to sign a wage agreement with the union.

"We are agreed to form a task team that will look into other matters such as allowances and medical aid. The role of the task team will also be to find formulas that will work in this regard and give a report back to members," said NUM negotiator Lebogang Ramabolu.

The union thanks all its negotiators for the hard work they have done in a very difficult and hostile negotiation, and members at Geomachanics for their discipline and patience.
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PROTECTION OFFICERS GET UNION'S BACKING – BUSINESS DAY

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) has thrown its weight behind protection service officers in Parliament who have approached the Labour Court to challenge the legislature’s decision to hire police officers.
The South African Police Services personnel were hired to boost Parliament’s security, including taking steps to remove MPs from the House if instructed to do so.
Protection services staff, some of whom are former police officers, said the manner in which Parliament made the appointments was unfair.
Nehawu is also at odds with Parliament over the payment of performance bonuses.
Nehawu parliamentary branch secretary Temba Gubula said the union supported the effort of the protection officers to get the same working conditions and pay as the parliamentary removal officers.
"Nehawu is entering the situation [to see how to take the matter forward because those are our members]," Gubula said.
"We reject the stance that Parliament has taken on workers who are fighting for a genuine cause.
"If Parliament believes that the process of hiring the
new bouncers was above board, then they should allow the Labour Court to judge on the matter," he said.
In a statement released last week, Parliament said the decision to appoint the support officers was a resolution of the joint rules committee and the presiding officers of Parliament.
"It is an undisputed fact that all stakeholders, including the protection services officials and their union, acknowledge the gap and lack of capacity." In light of that, parliamentary security needed to be enhanced, it said.
Parliament intends to file an answering affidavit to that of the protection service officers before the end of this week.
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LABOUR NEWS:

NEDLAC EDGES CLOSER TO DEAL ON MINIMUM WAGE – BUSINESS DAY

Deliberations at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) on a national minimum wage and measures to stabilise labour relations are far advanced and could be finalised ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address on February 9.
This would allow him to announce the ground-breaking agreement as a major achievement of his administration when he reviews the year gone by and outlines the government’s plans for the year ahead.
However, the legislative process of incorporating the agreement into law will take much longer as the draft bill would have to be submitted to the Cabinet, released for public comment, redrafted and undergo the parliamentary process of public hearings and debate.
Any movement towards reforming the legislative framework for labour relations will be critical in addressing some of the concerns of credit ratings agencies, which have flagged the rigidity of the system.
The parties to Nedlac were hoping to wrap up their negotiations on the national minimum wage and the labour relations system at meetings held on Wednesday and to be held again next week, said Department of Labour chief director of labour relations Thembinkosi Mkalipi.
He did not believe there would be any change to the national minimum wage of R20 per hour recommended by the panel set up by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. However, many matters still needed to be finalised such as who would be covered by the minimum wage and how it would be reviewed.
"There is still a lot of discussion that we need to have around this," Mkalipi said.
There was also an "understanding" within Nedlac on the need for secret ballots ahead of a strike, he added. Secret ballots have been a hugely contentious issue and have been strongly opposed by trade unions.
Business Unity SA representative in Nedlac Tanya Cohen said also under discussion was a very significant code of good practice on collective bargaining, industrial action and picketing, which she said went a very long way in giving guidance as to what was acceptable behaviour and what was not during industrial action.
This included the use of dangerous weapons during strike-related conduct.
A lot of discussion had also taken place around the issue of advisory arbitration with some details still needing to be thrashed out.
Advisory arbitration refers to the arbitration carried out under the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration for parties to prolonged and violent strikes which offer little prospect of an agreement being reached.
The idea is that the arbitrator/ mediator would propose an advisory settlement which the employer and the trade unions could take back to their constituencies in a bid to get an agreement.
The advice could be accepted or rejected but the mechanism allowed for a third party to bring some rationality to a dispute, Cohen said.
"There is a substantial package and if it is adopted in the form it has been presented it will be extremely positive for the country," she said, acknowledging that there were still some "sticky bits" to work out.
However, "substantially there is significant agreement on the issues".
Thursday’s meeting would be by a subcommittee of the committee of principals and would decide on the recommendations of the panel, Cohen said. Discussions would also take place on issues of labour relations stability — within task teams — which were at a very advanced stage.
"There is significant urgency and all social partners are trying very hard to finalise the issues," Cohen said.
She agreed that the legislative process enacting the changes would take time, but noted that Nedlac task teams had formulated legal texts to amend the Labour Relations Act to achieve greater stability.
"The draft legislation is substantially there," she said.
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SALARY TRENDS SURVEY SHOWS ‘REAL’ WAGE INCREASES IN 2017 OF ONLY 0% TO 1.5%-BUSINESS TECH

Reflecting the South African economy in general, the average wage increase for 2017 is expected to be as flat as it was in 2016, according to new data published by ECA International in its annual Salary Trends Survey.
According to the group, South Africa will see an average wage increase of between 0% and 1.5% in 2017, in real terms (adjusted for inflation), matching the same rates seen at the start of 2016, when the average increase was around 1%.
This is still much lower than the average increase seen in 2015 of 2.2%.
In nominal terms (rand terms), the average salary increase in South Africa for 2017 is thus seen at between 6.0% and 7.5%, with inflation currently sitting around 6%.
ECA’s Salary Trends Reports analyse current and projected salary increases for local employees.
It provides information on real pay rises by factoring in inflation rates, based on information collected from 260 multinational companies across 72 countries.
South Africa’s real salary increases are expected to be on par with the global average of 1.5%, with Argentina seeing the largest increase in the world.
Companies in Argentina are forecasting 27% pay rises for staff in 2017 (6.5% in real terms) despite high inflation in the country of around 20.5%.
According to company predictions from around the globe, nominal wages will rise 5% on average in 2017, slightly up on this year’s 4.8% average.
In terms of real salary increases, the global average is forecast to be 1.5%, which is slightly down on 2016’s average of 1.6%.
Employees based in Africa and the Middle East are set to see real wage rises of 0.5% on average.
However, the situation for staff in Egypt has taken a further step in the wrong direction with staff expected to be 8.2% worse off in 2017.
“The Egyptian government’s plans to cut its total subsidy bill in the coming fiscal year 2016/17 has contributed to the higher inflation forecast for 2017. Fuel subsidies were the hardest hit leading to domestic prices of fuel soaring in Egypt,” ECA says.
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05 January 2017
The PSCBC would like to applaud the class of 2016- Matric learners, who have passed their National Senior Certificate Examinations, which saw more Learners from Schools in Township and Rural Areas (Quintiles 1,2 and 3) passing.
We would like to express our gratitude to the Educators, Administrators, Parents, and more especially the Students for their hard work throughout not only the Matric year but all the way from the Foundation phase as each phase was vital in ensuring that the students reach the milestones that they have achieved with their results today.
The overall matric pass of 72,5% is a 1,8% improvement from 2015. It is the wish of the PSCBC to see each and every Grade 12 learner pass. A total of 78 886 learners from Quintiles 1, 2 and 3 received Bachelor passes while 72 952 learners in Quintiles 4 and 5 obtained Bachelor passes. The Gauteng and Kwa Zulu Natal Provinces had the highest Bachelor passes while the Eastern Cape and Northern Cape provinces improved on theirs.
The PSCBC would like to further take this opportunity in especially acknowledging the challenging work done by our teachers. Teachers are often faced with challenges such as overcrowded classrooms with education infrastructure shortages and poor facilities. Despite these challenges, our Teachers work many long hours; during early hours of the morning, afternoon, weekends and holiday classes to yield these outstanding results. Teachers, your dedication and commitment to this noble profession is commendable.
Those candidates who were unfortunate to have not passed their exams, we urge you not to despair, use of the opportunity of a second chance given to you in the form of the supplementary examination.
The PSCBC encourages all the 2016 matric students to further their studies through the various accredited academic/higher learning institutions throughout South Africa, so as to In future progress to the world of work in order to make a positive contribution towards South Africa’s economic elevation.
Issued by PSCBC Secretariat
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