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67 minutes at the workplace

The 18th of July has become a phenomenal and an extra-ordinary day around the world. This is because on this day, the world celebrates the birthday of an icon, Nelson R. Mandela. It is on this day that people around the world, all nationalities and races spend 67 minutes of their time doing something to […]

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Numsa buys building material for a rural school in Lusikisiki

Nelson Mandela’s life is dedicated in fighting for every South African’s human rights since 1942. Mandela had spent 67 years serving the nation. Each minute in the 67 minutes represents a year of all the work he put in. Guided by the above, Numsa’s Eastern Cape region collected clothes including 200 white school shirts from […]

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Negotiations: compromising credibility

According to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), in 2010, workers who were non-unionised were more at risk of low pay. Women who work in non-unionised workplaces earn on average two-thirds of the hourly pay of their male counterparts, while women who are union members earn nearly 90 per cent. Observing how negotiations are carried out […]

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Who is going to let us loose?

I can hear the sound of the music kilometers away The sharp voices of the young angels screaming and ululating Every weekend such gatherings do take place We have made the normal to be abnormal and the abnormal to be normal We are very much aware of the discussions in those gatherings As I sang […]

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Negotiations – little to report!

If there was one word that flowed from the mouths of both the auto and motor employers in the negotiations that took place in separate venues in the week of June 12, it was the word “sustainability”! Both sets of employers balked at Numsa’s wage demands, calling them “untenable”, “horrific” and “unreasonable”. Agreeing to them […]

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Welcome to the second edition of Numsa News.

This edition has commentaries, poetry and other content under the theme of collective bargaining from the entire spectrum of Numsa’s members. Numsa, a pioneer in many respects, celebrated its 26th birthday on May 17 with a symbolic cake cutting ceremony. The 26 years of Numsa’s existence is highlighted by struggles for a living wage, people’s […]

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Comment by NUMSA General Secretary, Irvin Jim

From the beginning of this year we have hit the ground running. We have been campaigning hard to reduce electricity price increases. We are still fighting to scrap the NDP. We have fought against those who want to hijack Cosatu and take away its militant voice. And we have begun the hard road of wage […]

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Dear Numsa News

Whenever Numsa is about to engage in wage negotiations, all the factors that can influence our demands are quickly changed to make it seem that its demands are unreasonable, which is blackmail. Secondly, all these manufacturers are not South African companies – they originate in Europe, and the profits generated leave the country regardless of […]

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Numsa a red militant union

Numsa held its NBC on April 16-19 2013 in Pretoria in preparation for 2013 wage negotiations. President Cedric Sabelo Gina in his address to the 450 delegates attending the NBC highlighted the challenges facing the workers in the sectors organized by Numsa. He said the metal workers must defend their hard won gains. Gina warned […]

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Shopping list breaks all records!

Once more the shopping list of demands is long, but this year regions have broken all records. Motor tops them with 64 demands. In his address to delegates on the second day of the NBC, deputy general secretary Karl Cloete warned of the danger of raising workers’ expectations with many demands. He shared his long […]

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