NISA Newsletter of the Internal Staff Association (ISA) Branch of SAPTU – May 2016

Dear ISA members


Annual substantive wage negotiations


Negotiations continued late into the night on 12th May 2016. Due to a number of demands the Employer continues to refuse to consider, Labour declared a dispute. The dispute will be heard in CCMA on 19 May 2016.


In dispute are:

  • Annual salary increase: Labour 8%; Employer 7%
  • Increase the scope in the bargaining unit to include (at least) D1; Employer rejects
  • Salary scale adjustment to be increased annually in line with salary increase; Employer rejects
  • Introduction of a 13th cheque; Employer rejects
  • Medical aid maximum cap to be increased in line by 8% from the current R2285; Employer 7% increase
  • Working week, revert to 40 hours over one week; Employer rejects
  • Rural allowance: To increase by percentage increase; Employer rejects
  • Danger allowance of R500 for job categories potentially exposed to infectious organisms; Employer rejects
  • Health and Safety representatives allowance of R1000; Employer rejects.
  • Shift allowance: R45.00 or 40% of hourly rate whichever is greater; Employer rejects
  • Core skills allowance to be expanded to all relevant categories of professional staff and increased by 8%; Employer rejects
  • Long service awards: to start from 5 years service with current monetary awards increased; Employer rejected but agreed to increase 30, 35 and 40 year awards by R500 each


Demands agreed upon in principle include

  • Increasing the number of medical aid schemes, to be evaluated and recommendations made by the proposed revived health committee
  • Labour inclusion into interview panels
  • Insourcing of outsourced services, i.e. gardening. security and cleaning, to be considered, taking into account current contractual obligations and affordability
  • Performance pay progression to be considered
  • Shop steward leave to be increased from 5 to 7 days
  • Policy review: updating of HR policies to be done through the BLRF