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The parties to the public service summit on collective bargaining, held at Emperors Palace Conference Centre in Gauteng, from 28-31 March 2022, hereby declare and commit to the principles, objectives and agreements set out in this declaration;
The parties gathered for this summit under the theme “Strengthening and defending centralised collective bargaining to advance economic development, social justice, a capable and developmental state, labour peace and the democratisation of the workplace”;
Parties to the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) in 2009 entered into an agreement commonly referred to as “Birchwood 1”. This agreement in principle required parties to develop and/or strengthen collective bargaining as to underline the importance of the characteristics of a developmental state;
Parties reconfirmed their support for the principles raised in the “Birchwood 1” agreement with the signing of PSCBC Resolution 6 of 2010 the “Declaration of the Public Service Summit”;
In adoption of the 2010 declaration on the public service summit, the PSCBC was required in terms of clause 4.9 of the agreement to call for a summit on collective bargaining to strengthen the PSCBC; and
The parties to this summit seek to give effect to the collective agreements signed in the past and not yet implemented, further reviewing of past performance and future ventures in defending, enhancing and strengthening centralised collective bargaining in the public sector.
With the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping through the country, every effort must be made to limit transmission. Safety at work is paramount to ensure the wellbeing of employees and their families, as well as business productivity. Minimising the impact of the second wave in workplaces requires that employers across the public and private sectors, together with unions, take the lead in working together to get the “safe back2work” message out.
Raising awareness among workers and employers has been made much easier through the release of six educational videos which have been loaded onto the Return2Work website. These free, light-hearted, Covid-19 workplace educational videos are available in isiZulu, isiXhosa and seSotho with English subtitles.
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