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NUMSA Bulletin

Inflation targeting – to target or not to target!

South Africa is one of many countries that adheres to inflation targeting. But there is a growing call for South Africa to abandon it because it can slow down growth in the economy. Workers in Volkswagen SA know the effects. They are working short time because of the drop in vehicle sales. So too do […]

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DOCUMENT

The African National Congress, the South African Communist Party, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, together with the South African National Civic Organisation, met in a highly successful Alliance Summit at the Gallagher Estate, Midrand, from 9-10 May 2008. After two days of open and constructive debate, delegates agreed that the Alliance, building on […]

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ANC’s 52nd National Conference resolutions

General assessment of resolutions The ANC’s 52nd National Conference (Polokwane, December 2007) took resolutions that: * effectively transform the internal workings of the ANC in recognition of contemporary challenges, continually changing conditions and the need to pay attention to new weaknesses while building on strengths; * reform the ANC’s post-1996 style of work vis-à-vis the […]

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China passes new labour law

China passes new labour law The Chinese government has just made it more difficult for employers doing business in China. It has just passed a new labour law that requires companies to: * provide workers with contracts that include pension and insurance contributions. * pay workers who are fired a month's wages for every year […]

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CCMA is avoiding ruling on jurisdictional objections at conciliation

If you have attended conciliation proceedings intending to raise a jurisdictional objection only for the commissioner to decline to issue a ruling and defer to the arbitrating commissioner, then read on. Prudence Gqoba, one of Numsa's national legal officers, gives you ammunition to force the commissioner to rule on the matter. In Fidelity Guards Holdings […]

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Legal eagles

Employers have in the past been entitled to request the dismissal of a matter at conciliation proceedings when the dismissed employee, as the referring party, fails to attend. But a recent judgment of the Labour Appeal Court has changed all this, says Numsa national legal officer, Prudence Gqoba. The judgment A recent judgment of the […]

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XENOPHOBIA FOCUS

The historical background of suppressing xenophobia. Gradually this kind of violence is spreading to other regions and becoming more indiscriminate in Africa, despite the assurances by the minister of the police and the president that the situation is under control. As an African in Africa I wish to air my views on the issue of […]

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What the transatlantic union can do!

It has been a long journey for Derek Simpson, the joint general secretary of Unite, the new union formed out of the merger of the engineering workers' union, Amicus and the Transport and General Workers' Union. Barely a decade ago he was a regional officer of the engineering workers union who had spent his formative […]

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INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS-Join the campaign against precarious work

 From September 30 to October 7, 2008, the IMF and other global trade unions will run a campaign against precarious work. This forms part of an international campaign spearheaded by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on October 7 to demand decent work. Actions will include pickets, demonstrations. Find out more from your local Numsa office. […]

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Numsa members letters

Many people know Zimbabwe for its waters that thunder. Gone are the days when Harare and Gaborone in Botswana was an oasis of tranquility. People came from all cardinal points of the world to visit these beautiful countries free from oppression. From the beginning, favour was not Mugabe's subject. With an ego bigger than Lake […]

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