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Wednesday, 02 February 2011 00:00

SACTWU holds its Inaugural National Planning Meeting in Cape Town




The union’s sector negotiators, researchers, admin and technical support staff and elected national secretariat met in Cape Town over three days from 30 January 2011 to 1 February 2011 to prepare implementation of the union’s POA for 2011. This year’s National Planning Meeting (NPM) was attended by 35 staff members under the theme: “What is to be done?” The outcomes of this NPM will be tabled for consideration by the union’s worker leadership who will attend our Bargaining Conference and for further constitutional structural endorsement at our March 2011 National Executive schedule for March this year. About 15 years ago, the union first introduced a Negotiations School, to specifically plan for annual wage negotiations.

Over the years, our Negotiating School has expanded to consider more and more areas of the union’s general Program of Action (POA), broader than just the narrow focus of preparing for wage negotiations. From this year, this shift has been formally recognised and the Negotiating School has graduated into our Annual National Planning Meeting (NPM). Our NPM has focused on how to improve service delivery to our members, preparation for this year’s wage negotiations, a review of last year’s wage negotiations, a focus on the union’s Worker Health Program, an introduction of the union’s newly developed electronic membership database, and assessment of service delivery challenges in the union’s regions, a focus on our membership growth campaign, a review of the union’s financial management systems, an overview of economic indicators affecting our industry, a review of the union’s jobs campaign, an evaluation of our internal shop steward and staff education and capacity building programs, a consideration of the effect of the new SETA landscape on industrial training in our industry, a review of the union’s legal strategy, a discussion about the upcoming local government elections, a consideration of the proposed new labour law amendments, and the key meeting dates for the union for 2011.

Targets were set on most issues. For example, recruitment targets for each organiser in the organisation was developed, 35 new proposals on how to improve service delivery to members this year were generated.