Business Day

Public sector unions prepare for strike

- Thando Maeko maekot@businessli­

Public sector unions affiliated to trade union federation­s Cosatu, the SA Federation of Trade Unions and the Federation of Unions of SA say they will embark on a one-day strike on Tuesday demanding higher pay. The planned industrial action sets the stage for a long strike.

Public sector unions affiliated to trade union federation­s, Cosatu, the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) and the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) say they will go on a one-day strike on Tuesday, demanding higher pay.

The planned industrial action sets the stage for a long strike. Unions demand an inflationb­eating 10% pay rise and the government is sticking to its 3% offer, implemente­d unilateral­ly in October as it tries to rein in public spending.

Tuesday’s strike is expected to affect border control, revenue collection and police services. Two days later, there will be a march to the National Treasury.

On the day of the strike, President Cyril Ramaphosa begins a two-day trip to the UK where he is due to meet King Charles. This is the first state reception of the king’s reign.

While in the UK, Ramaphosa is expected to be holding talks on issues such as trade, sanctions against Zimbabwe and the recent US alert about a possible terror attack in SA.

In party politics, the ANC electoral committee, headed by former president Kgalema Motlanthe, is set to publish a consolidat­ed list of the top three candidates on the ballot of its internal leadership contest in December. The top three candidates represent ANC members who received enough nomination­s from party members to stand for leadership positions.

The party also allows nomination­s from the conference floor provided they receive the support from 25% of the over 4,000 delegates.

The ANC in the Western Cape is expected to host its provincial conference this week after it was delayed three times. The Western Cape will have 283 delegates at the party’s national conference, its biggest delegation in five years.

The ANC’s biggest voting bloc, KwaZulu-Natal, will send 877 delegates to the conference. That province has thrown its weight behind former health minister Zweli Mkhize as party president.

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfonte­in will hand down judgment in former president Jacob Zuma’s medical parole appeal. Zuma and the department of correction­al services are appealing against an earlier Gauteng High Court ruling setting aside the decision by former correction­al services commission­er Arthur Fraser, to grant Zuma medical parole.

“It’s not president Zuma that had applied for the medical parole it is the government itself. It is the correction­al services who initiated the process and they saw it through ... whether the decision is wrong or right that can’t be Zuma’s problem,” says Jacob Zuma Foundation spokespers­on Mzwanele Manyi.

In parliament, ministers in the economic cluster will be answering questions in the National Assembly.

The National Assembly will debate the General Laws (AntiMoney Laundering and Combating Terrorism Financing) Amendment Bill.

The legislatio­n is intended to address legislativ­e deficienci­es identified by the financial action task force. Adoption of the bill by parliament before it goes to recess early in December is important to improve SA’s chances of avoiding greylistin­g when the Financial Action Task Force meets in February to take a decision on this.

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