Sunday, December 02, 2018

Limusa Central Committee Statement: 24-25 November 2018
27 November 2018

The Liberated Metalworkers Union of South Africa convened a two day ordinary Central Committee meeting on the 24th - 25th November 2018. This Central Committee meeting spent most of it's time discussing organisational matters.

On Cosatu

As this was the first Central Committee of Limusa after the Congress of Cosatu, The CC congratulated the giant federation in South Africafor having a fruitful and smooth Congress. Limusa National Office Bearers were mandated by the Central Committee to prioritize staying in good standing with the federation in terms of paying subscriptions.

On organizing

The Central Committee noted that there is growth in terms of membership in the union, however the decision has been taken to go back to the ground and prioritize recruitment as workers in the metal industry begins to have hope in Limusa. Service to our members has also been identified as the area of priority. The National Office bearers were mandated to fast track settings of structures in the provinces and locals as year 2019 is the year of congresses in Limusa.National Office Bearers were also tasked to work closely with the Provinces and give necessary support in order for the union to grow.

MEIBC Registration

The organization is in advance stage with the processes to register with the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council. The Central Committee mandated National Office Bearers to fast track the finalisation of that process.

On Denel

We reject the behaviour of the management of Denel DLS) to take decisions unilaterally without properconsultation with Limusa on issues that affects our members. The salary cuts, short time and voluntary separation package that Denel wants to implement without proper consultation with the union is rejected and Limusa shall closely monitor this development and we shall fight it as the union. Our shopstewards at Denel have consistently warned about mismanagement of money at management level and no decisive actions were taken to correct those in time, we therefore not going to allow our members to be punished for failure of their management. The union will continue to engage with Denel on this matter and shall do everything to protect our members from this exploitation.

On National Office Bearers

The Central Committee discussed the matter of unemployment of it's President comrade SibonisoMdletshe and decided torelease him from his duties as the President as the union needed to comply with section 100 of the Labour Relations Act which requires leaders of the unions to submit their work addresses to the department of Labour. Comrade Siboniso was then asked to continue serving Limusa as the official. The CC also received a request from it's General Secretary comrade Cedric Gina to be released from his duties as he wants to attend to some personal matters. The Central Committee accepted the request of comrade Cedric and thanked him for the contributions he made in building Limusa.

The decision was taken in the meeting to fill the vacant positions of the President, the First Deputy President and the General Secretary. The following comrades were elected unopposed:

President- Comrade Peter Motlhoki
1st Deputy President- Comrade Reginald Baatjies
General Secretary- Comrade Siboniso Mdletshe.

The collective office bearer of Limusa is now as follows:

President: Comrade Peter Motlhoki
1st Deputy President: Comrade Reginald Baatjies
2nd Deputy President: Comrade Akhona Dweba
National Treasurer: Comrade Sello Rapao
General Secretary: Comrade Siboniso Mdletshe
Deputy General Secretary: Comrade Mawonga Madolo

The Central Committee further took a decision to maintain a working relationship with cde Cedric and provide necessary support where it can.

On media communication

The Central Committee dismissed with contempt it deserves, the lies peddled in the STAR newspaper by faceless people who wish to see divisions in LIMUSA. Limusa have no time to waste in entertaining such as workers are joining us in numbers we have a responsibility to spend our time in serving our members. The meeting further emphasised that leadership when communicating to media must communicate the decisions of the organization.

The Central Committee noted the developments of Numsa registering political party and we call upon all metal workers who have political homes to come and join Limusa as it is the only metal workers union in South Africa that is only focusing on service to it's members.

Issued by Limusa Secretariat

Siboniso Mdletshe (General Secretary)
Tel: 011 339 2869
Cell: 081 348 0439/ 072 386 4932

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