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NUMSA National motor rejuvenation plan

5 March 2014, Posted in NUMSA Bulletin

Numsa has made a decision to have 400 000 members by the next congress in 2016.

If each Numsa motor member could just organize one more motor member, then we would easily reach our target! Numsa Bulletin asked motor sector coordinator, Elias Kubeka to explain the plan to revive the motor sector. 

The motor sector continues to be under-organised and under-represented. Almost two out of every three motor workers are not organized into any union. This is exactly the same situation as 2001 even though the number of workers employed have increased by close to 70% from 175 000 motor workers then to close to 300 000 now.

According to Motor Industry Bargaining Council figures from October 2013, Numsa has 72 237 members in the motor industry. Numsa’s own figures show an extra 5 000 members that are paying directly to Numsa.

The most under-organised Numsa region is Sedibeng with 72% unorganized motor workers, followed closely by Hlanganani (71%), Ekurhuleni (70%), JC Bez (69%). The best organized is the Eastern Cape region which represents almost one out of every two motor workers.  

Uitenhage is the top local representing 57% of motor workers. King Williamstown comes next with 54%.

“We do organize motor workers but we don’t keep track of them properly,” says motor sector coordinator, Elias Kubeka. So you will find Numsa locals “saying that they have more members but they cannot prove that those members belong to Numsa and who are the shop stewards.” At times workers will wait a long time for the organizer to come and do union introduction with the members.

Within Mibco the system can also be slow – “there are those members that have not been activated and have not been registered by Mibco.” Sometimes it is because the company itself is not registered with Mibco; other times it’s because the workers themselves that join Numsa are not registered with Mibco. “When Mibco does register those workers, the numbers employed go up but they don’t record that they are Numsa members,” says Kubeka.

Although the department of labour can still extend the agreement because trade unions are sufficiently representative, because we are poorly organized and represented we cannot win all the issues that we want.

The National Executive Committee in July 2013 adopted a plan to revive and rejuvenate the motor sector.

See the box on page 51 to find out what you must do at a regional, local and workplace level to increase membership and to make the motor sector a strongly organized sector.

Motor rejuvenation plan

Regions and locals

• Regional Motor Organisers must develop a data base of companies in the region with a Numsa membership of more than 10 employees per area.

• Local organisers/local office bearers (LOBs)/campaigns committees to run shop steward elections in all these companies.

• Local education committees (Ledcoms) to ensure that the new shop stewards receive education on their duties, rights and responsibilities.

• LOBs and staff to ensure that there are regular motor shop steward councils or that motor issues form an integral part of LSSC agendas.

• The focus of shop stewards’ work at a plant level should be:
– Representing workers with their grievances etc

– Negotiating an agency shop agreement

– Dealing with health and safety issues

– Negotiating wages on actual rates of pay in Sector 6

– Negotiating employment equity in designated employers

– Negotiating skills development of the workforce

• Recruitment

–  Every local must set themselves reasonable targets to move towards majority membership in their local.

–  The recruitment of workers in Sector 6 companies (car dealers) must be a key focus in all locals.

• Each region must present a motor rejuvenation report for the first NEC in 2014 which must detail;

–  Shop steward elections

–  Recruitment to increase membership

–  Building strong area committees in all locals

–  Communication with motor members in the region

–  Effectively engaging with national processes

Unorganized motor workers – October 2013

Employers       21,907

Employees      296,437         

Misa Members           31,466           

Numsa Members       72,237           

Non Union      192,729

How representative is motor in your local!

 

Region            Local   Employers      Employees     Misa    Numsa            Non     percentage     percentage

                                                Members        Members        Union  unorganised  Numsa                                                                                                                        organised

EASTERN CAPE REGION      BUTTERWORTH       93        1,522  16        717     789     52%    47%

EASTERN CAPE REGION      EAST LONDON          473     7,807  1,000  2,732  4,075  52%    35%

EASTERN CAPE REGION      KING WILLIAMS TOWN       76        1,053  129     564     360     34%    54%

EASTERN CAPE REGION      PORT ELIZABETH     514     12,275            913     5,289  6,073  49%    43%

EASTERN CAPE REGION      QUEENSTOWN          162     1,808  264     677     867     48%    37%

EASTERN CAPE REGION      UITENHAGE   143     3,871  183     2,193  1,495  39%    57%

EASTERN CAPE REGION      Region Totals            1,461  28,336            2,505  12,172            13,659            48%    43%

EKURHULENI REGION          DAN KUBHEKA          289     3,300  383     577     2,340  71%    17%

EKURHULENI REGION          FANIE MOLEFE         86        1,018  82        241     695     68%    24%

EKURHULENI REGION          FUZILE KHESWA       278     5,042  481     1,043  3,518  70%    21%

EKURHULENI REGION          LADLOKOVA 205     4,207  304     1,001  2,902  69%    24%

EKURHULENI REGION          MAKHUDU PHEKO    289     3,832  367     621     2,844  74%    16%

EKURHULENI REGION          MANYATHI    94        2,466  111     786     1,569  64%    32%

EKURHULENI REGION          Region Totals            1,241  19,865            1,728  4,269  13,868            70%            21%

HLANGANANI REGION         BABELEGI      139     1,497  57        447     993     66%    30%

HLANGANANI REGION         GREAT NORTH          953     10,938            976     2,374  7,588  69%    22%

HLANGANANI REGION         MADIBENG    129     3,093  80        1,199  1,814  59%    39%

HLANGANANI REGION         ROSSLYN        299     8,960  114     2,859  5,987  67%    32%

HLANGANANI REGION         RUSTENBURG            376     4,349  432     846     3,071  71%    19%

HLANGANANI REGION         TSHWANE      1,735  25,763            2,818  3,687  19,254            75%    14%

HLANGANANI REGION         Region Totals            3,631  54,600            4,477  11,412            38,707            71%    21%

JC BEZUIDENHOUT REGION            JHB CENTRAL            518     5,791  498     980     4,313  74%    17%

JC BEZUIDENHOUT REGION            JHB NORTH    1,030  16,844            2,661  2,852  11,331            67%            17%

JC BEZUIDENHOUT REGION            KEMPTON PARK       604     9,253  1,198  1,911  6,144  66%    21%

JC BEZUIDENHOUT REGION            MANGESANA 688     9,770  709     1,924  7,136  73%    20%

JC BEZUIDENHOUT REGION            TEMBISA        341     5,369  560     1,101  3,708  69%    21%

JC BEZUIDENHOUT REGION            WESTRAND   703     10,042            1,496  1,719  6,827  68%    17%

JC BEZUIDENHOUT REGION            Region Totals            3,884  57,069            7,122  10,487            39,459            69%    18%

KZN REGION  ISIPINGO        180     4,567  128     2,184  2,255  49%    48%

KZN REGION  ISITHEBE       183     3,454  68        1,750  1,636  47%    51%

KZN REGION  LADYSMITH   167     1,846  190     469     1,187  64%    25%

KZN REGION  NEWCASTLE 256     2,365  247     594     1,524  64%    25%

KZN REGION  PIETERMARITZBURG           533     5,847  484     1,493  3,870  66%    26%

KZN REGION  PINETOWN    518     9,653  745     2,670  6,238  65%    28%

KZN REGION  PORT SHEPSTONE    272     2,993  234     1,008  1,751  59%    34%

KZN REGION  RICHARDSBAY          291     3,621  242     554     2,825  78%    15%

KZN REGION  THEKWINI     1,207  15,628            1,277  3,296  11,055            71%    21%

KZN REGION  Region Totals            3,607  49,974            3,615  14,018            32,341            65%    28%

MPUMALANGA REGION       BOTSHABELO            190     2,191  207     548     1,436  66%    25%

MPUMALANGA REGION       BURGERSFORT          281     3,019  271     674     2,074  69%    22%

MPUMALANGA REGION       EHLANZENI   485     5,763  795     1,095  3,873  67%    19%

MPUMALANGA REGION       EMALAHLENI            226     2,887  291     718     1,878  65%    25%

MPUMALANGA REGION       EMBALENHLE           289     3,858  516     704     2,638  68%    18%

MPUMALANGA REGION       Region Totals            1,471  17,718            2,080  3,739  11,899            67%            21%

NORTHERN CAPE REGION   BLOEMFONTEIN       692     8,163  1,637  1,997  4,529  55%    24%

NORTHERN CAPE REGION   KIMBERLEY   582     5,220  873     1,217  3,130  60%    23%

NORTHERN CAPE REGION   WELKOM        664     6,250  1,189  1,843  3,218  51%    29%

NORTHERN CAPE REGION   Region Totals            1,938  19,633            3,699  5,057  10,877            55%            26%

SEDIBENG REGION   MATLOSANA 670     5,504  665     592     4,247  77%    11%

SEDIBENG REGION   MEYERTON    166     1,911  91        465     1,355  71%    24%

SEDIBENG REGION   VANDERBIJLPARK    241     1,861  196     415     1,250  67%    22%

SEDIBENG REGION   VEREENIGING           332     3,060  561     442     2,057  67%    14%

SEDIBENG REGION   Region Totals            1,409  12,336            1,513  1,914  8,909  72%    16%

WESTERN CAPE REGION     ATLANTIS      241     2,813  250     815     1,748  62%    29%

WESTERN CAPE REGION     BELLVILLE    1,102  13,824            1,605  2,865  9,354  68%    21%

WESTERN CAPE REGION     BOLAND         614     5,990  966     1,462  3,562  59%    24%

WESTERN CAPE REGION     CAPE TOWN  940     10,702            1,403  3,021  6,278  59%    28%

WESTERN CAPE REGION     SWD-GEORGE            368     3,577  503     1,006  2,068  58%    28%

WESTERN CAPE REGION     Region Totals            3,265  36,906            4,727  9,169  23,010            62%            25%

 Report Totals                        21,907            296,437          31,466            72,237            192,729          65%            24%