Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 13:56:46 -0000
Reply-To: Forum on Labor in the Global Economy <LABOR-L@YORKU.CA>
Sender: Forum on Labor in the Global Economy <LABOR-L@YORKU.CA>
From: Anna Weekes <samwu@WN.APC.ORG>
Subject: SAMWU Press Statement.....January 28th,
1999....2pm...Union will not allow privatisation of Joburg's
fresh produce market
Union will not allow privatisation of Johannesburg's fresh produce market
SAMWU Press Statement
28 January 1999
Contrary to the story in today's Business Day newspaper, the
Johannesburg fresh produce market is not about to be privatised.
In fact, a framework agreement around restructuring of local government
was concluded between COSATU and the Department of Constitutional
Development over one month ago. The agreement rules out blanket
proposals of privatisation to municipal services running at a loss,
compelling municipalities rather to enter into negotiations with the
union to finding a public sector solution.
SAMWU finds it very odd that Hanekom, the Minister of Agriculture is not
aware of this agreement.
"The Minister of Agriculture does not have jurisdiction in this area,"
said SAMWU Deputy General Secretary, Mncedisi Nontsele. "This is a
matter governed by the Municipal Services Partnership framework
SAMWU's Greater Johannesburg branch treasurer, Mpho Mokone, added that
the union would fight any attempt to unilaterally privatise the fresh
produce market. "It is not possible for the Greater Johannesburg council
to deviate from the national agreement and privatise," said Mokone.
SAMWU's Greater Johannesburg branch is the union's largest branch
with more than twenty thousand members.
For more information, please contact the SAMWU Media Office on 021