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Women, Make your Mark

Are women sufficiently represented in the Engineering sector or is this sector still male dominated, asks Prudence Gqoba and discovers more than she bargained for… I scanned the room and I saw mostly male delegates. I counted the number of women at the National Bargaining Conference, held in March. I could  not  even  reach  10.  (Most  NBC  […]

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G4S – stay out of Apartheid Israel’s prisons

Local organisations gave a thumbs-down to G4S, a global private security company, hired by Israel, to oversee the security systems in Israeli dungeons in which over 5000 Palestinian men, women and children are  jailed. Numsa joined a local picket to highlight the plight of Palestinian prisoners, in Johannesburg, last month (April). Numsa representative, Skhumbuzo Phakathi and WFTU’s […]

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What to do?

Its day two. And, the heat is on… Eskom once refused to negotiate with the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) and wanted the National Union of Mine Workers (NUM) to be present in negotiations, exclaimed a delegate. Delegates at this year’s National Bargaining Conference’s (NBC) Eskom mission are fired up. They […]

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Navigation the road ahead…

2014 is the bargaining year for Numsa’s Engineering sector.  And, like runners in a relay the race has started… But, pause for a moment and consider before we run… Numsa workers should be prepared. Numsa Workers should: • Be informed of the outcome of the National Bargaining conference (NBC). • Have consolidated position • Hold […]

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Breaking bread together…

Unions must set aside their differences; take on bread and butter issues and forge for a better life for all. This was Numsa’s message at the National Bargaining Conference (NBC). Over 170 delegates converged at Birchwood, Gauteng in March to debate and discuss the road ahead. Numsa’s President, Andrew Chirwa, amongst other issues, called for […]

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“No good story to tell”

Numsa President Andrew Chirwa does not mince his words. “Ours is a bad story to tell,” he says. Speaking at the opening of the union’s Engineering Sector National Bargaining Conference (NBC) in March, Chirwa says: “Metalworkers are facing a class war with the bosses.” He adds: “We need new ways of doing things to tackle […]

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Letter from Numsa President, Andrew Chirwa

Dear Metalworkers, I hope that despite all the social and economic hardships, we all had some well-deserved rest and some fun over the long Easter Weekend. On the behalf of Numsa and all its leaders, I want to express my appreciation to all metal workers who sacrificed their daily wages and their time on the […]

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Vavi has a good story to tell

Numsa’s legal team turned the Johannesburg high court into a workshop on the constitution in March. The legal team persuaded Judge Phineas Mojalefa that Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi  go back to work on April 7, nearly  eight months after his suspension on August 14, 2013. Cosatu’s controversial argument was full of contradictions, inconsistencies, ignorance […]

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7th May won’t bring any change

Residents on Tshepisong North ext 3 in Sharpville are not going to vote. They have not made any arrangements for them to vote this year.  Moeketsi Yika is concerned that he has been living with his parents “in this dump after being removed from 21 street in Vereeniging. Councillors have been coming here to take […]

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Marching Together

Shaheed Mahomed chats to Numsa News on the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union’s (Nehawu) supporting Numsa’s Section 77 (social justice) campaign; the implementation of the Employment Incentive Tax Act (EITA) and on the significance of cementing a United Front. Mahomed, a shop-steward at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Bellville campus, traces […]

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