NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for June, 2002

Urban transport – a ticking time bomb

"Trains set alight by angry commuters". This is what media headlines said when commuters around Pretoria went on the rampage last year after trains were delayed. Except references to delays, none of the reports dealt with the problems faced by commuters as they go about their business. Dinga Sikwebu, Numsa's national education co-ordinator went to […]

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Merseta’s Discretionary Grant Fund

Did you know that there is R129 million in the Merseta's Discretionary Grant Fund just waiting for your company to access it! This money is available for training in the following areas: Money available Adult Basic Education and Training R700 per learner for each level Recognition of Prior Learning R250 per assessment per learner; R700 […]

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Global steel war and the World Trade Organisation (WTO)

When the United States of America (US) increased its steel tariffs in March this year on certain steel products from certain countries entering its borders to 30%, for a period of three years, countries across the world condemned it, saying that it had violated World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. But the US disagrees. Jeffrey Ndumo […]

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Cosatu resolution on NEPAD as adopted at its Executive Committee, 29-30 May 2002

Cosatu resolution on NEPAD as adopted at its Executive Committee, 29-30 May 2002 We the delegates, meeting in this Cosatu Executive Committee on 29-30 May 2002 are painfully aware of Africa's economic and social woes. Africa remains a marginalized and underdeveloped society facing a multitude of economic, political, social and military problems. We believe that […]

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NEPAD: The New Partnership for Africa ‘s Development

PILLARS OF NEPAD  1. P eace, Security, Democracy and Political Governance Initiative – Co-ordinator – South Africa Key Areas Include: Prevention, management and resolution of conflict; Peacemaking, peacekeeping and peace enforcement; This initiative also sets out Africa 's commitment to universal standards of democracy, "allowing for the existence of several political parties and workers' unions, […]

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Israel/Palestine – the roots of the struggle

The news is full of pictures of the effects of suicide bombs on Israeli citizens and of retaliatory massacres by Israel on Arab settlements. The time-line below provides you with some background to present day struggles. For more on what is going on currently, get a copy of the latest Cosatu Shop Steward, Vol 11.1, […]

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The amended LRA and how it affects retrenchments

 Government has passed new amendments to the Labour Relations Act. A date still has to be set for when they will become law. In the meantime, Numsa will train all its organisers on the changes. In this piece, one of Numsa's legal eagles, Norma Craven , takes us through the advantages and disadvantages of these […]

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What the future holds

From August 24 to September 5 2002 , Johannesburg will host the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). Just why should we be getting excited about the environment and sustainable development? The document below appeared in the Mail and Guardian, June 7 to 13 2002. It was taken from a recent report by 1 100 […]

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Socialism and the environment

Part 2: Environmental degradation in the former Soviet Union – lessons to be learnt – The fact that socialist revolutions have taken place in the backward sectors of the world economy has placed a permanent, unrelenting pressure on these states to "catch up" with capitalism's metropolitan centres. Inevitably, therefore, the emergence of the Soviet Union […]

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Across borders, women speak their minds!

Metalworkers' unions across the globe are taking resolutions on the position of women in society and within their organisations. Are these resolutions leading to improvements in the plight of women workers? Cedric Gina, a shopsteward from Alusaf and a Numsa writer spoke to three women unionists. They were attending a Southern African seminar organised by […]

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