NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

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Numsa Strike 19th March

I want to start by thanking every Numsa member who came onto the streets on 19th March and made sure that our strike was such a success. This was the first strike in our rolling mass action for 2014. Our aim is to force the government to fundamentally change their economic strategy. The current strategy […]

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Bemoaning 20 years of unrecognised humanity

South Africans celebrated Freedom Day on the 27 April. We commemorate the first post-apartheid elections held on that day in 1994 in which the franchise did not depend upon race. For political parties, this day was used to campaign and mobilised for support for the upcoming national elections. For me, I was reminded that it […]

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Ideological confusion for self-centered interest

Cosatu’s 2014 May Day Program If thruth be told, the right wing camp in Cosatu has hijacked the Cosatu 2014 program without so-much as a democratic discussion at the level of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) as to what should constitute the central message insofar as the state of the South African working class is […]

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Illiteracy on the rise

Investing in our Education will benefit citizens and lead to economic growth. Education in sub-Sahara Africa is in crisis. Children of the region are not equipped in the basics of reading and application of mathematics, regardless of whether they are at school or not. Should this remain we will see children from poor families dropping […]

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Roadmap to Engineering Negotiations

Numsa together with other unions in the Engineering sector and employers held the first round of negotiations, last month.  Numsa’s demands were first presented on the 26 -27th March this year and expected the employers to respond to all the demands. Instead employers demanded that the unions discuss their proposal of Peace Accord (Strike and […]

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Battle between socialists and capitalists

Ever since Cosatu was formed as the Federation of the workers in 1985 it won many battles for the working class and the poor. Until 1994 when the Apartheid regime was brought to its knees, it (Cosatu) has been the spear and the shield of the poor.  When the democratic government took over, majority of the previously […]

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Numsa News: We say No to handouts, we need real jobs

In this first edition of 2014, we cover discussions from the Numsa special national congress in detail. Click here to download the latest edition of Numsa News, the newspaper of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa. This  year edition highlights include: Numsa congress: Breaking new ground Parliament: So, what is the state of the nation […]

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NUMSA encourages dialogue against domestic violence

Just as we were commemorating 16 days of activism against women and children abuse, another woman’s rights were being violated by her own husband. It is alleged that Matlala’s wife Lebogang Matlala, 35, had found the accused cheating on her. When she questioned him, he poured acid on her body. She sustained 3rd degree burns […]

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Will gender workshops make gender more visible in the organization?

Since the end of June 2013, close to 300 Numsa gender activists and office bearers have gone through gender induction training facilitated by worker education specialists, Grischelda Hartman and Gcinaphi Dlamini, from Ditsela. The workshops run for all Numsa’s 9 regions grappled with painful issues such as women’s personal stories of abuse at the hands […]

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We have a vision…

“We have a vision of South Africa in which black and white shall live together as equals in conditions of peace and prosperity…the fight for freedom must go on until it is won, until our country is free and happy and peaceful as part of the community of man, we cannot rest,” Oliver Reginald Tambo. […]

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