NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for October, 2002

HIV/Aids: ‘We are either infected or affected’

This saying is becoming more and more relevant to us all. Recently a Numsa staff member lost her sister to AIDS. Before her sister passed away, Numsa News asked her and her sister how they were coping with AIDS. This is what they wrote. From the sister: I am 28 years old. I am living […]

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Collective Bargaining: New Agreements

New tyre wage rates from July 1, 2002 – June 30, 2003: Skill Level Minimum Maximum 1 R23.52 R26.14 2 R26.14 R29.04 3 R29.04 R32.27 4 R32.27 R35.85 5 R35.85 R39.84 6 R43.02 R47.80 7 R51.63 R57.37 New agreement for Xstrata SA from July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2003 * Wages: Increase in basic […]

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A 15th anniversary never to forget

"A night of extreme extravagance and a beautiful evening," is how Numsa's Western Cape regional chairperson described the region's recent 15th Anniversary banquet. Expressing his gratitude to the organising committee for a job well done, he said that "October 11 will never be the same again!" It was a night for Numsa members and their […]

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Alfred Temba Qabula 1942 – 2002

During the 1980s, when exploitation of workers was rife, strikes and mass worker meetings were frequent, Alfred Themba Qabula, a fork-lift driver, Metal and Allied Workers Union (Mawu – now Numsa) member and shop steward from Dunlop became a famous face at these meetings, not for his face but for the words and images that […]

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Court Battles: Legal Briefs

Johnson Matthey, Wadeville The court has dealt a further blow to the use of a polygraph (lie detector) to dismiss a worker. When a batch of platinum and rhodium went missing at Johnson Matthey in Wadeville, workers were subjected to polygraph tests. When a Numsa member failed the polygraph test, he was dismissed. Numsa took […]

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Court Battles: Rong-shin does wrong

When overseas entrepeneurs wanted to speed up the registration of their company, they approached local citizen, Mr Pillay, to be a joint director in their company. He agreed. But for that he very nearly ended up in jail! The saga began when the company, Rong-shin dismissed Numsa member, Samuel Moekgetla. Numsa took up a case […]

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What Workers Say

Debates amongst workers have flourished since the strike. These are just some letters we have received spelling out what they think. Write and tell us what you think or debate the issue in your local or workplace. Hoist that red flag higher! During the WSSD Cosatu showed a spirit of comradeship by not staging the […]

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Cosatu Strike: On the sidelines

The Cosatu strike of October 1 and 2 unleashed a massive round of analysis and debate in the media. Cosatu proclaimed it a success, government declared it a failure. Other analysts warned of an imminent break in the alliance because Cosatu had dared to challenge the ANC. But the huge Johannesburg crowd that listened to […]

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Collective Bargaining: Eskom pension/provident fund

Talks are continuing over changing the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund (EPPF) from a defined benefit (DB) fund to a defined contribution (DC) fund. The big difference between the two funds is that with a DC Fund, what you get out from the Fund is what you put in. So if you have worked for […]

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Collective Bargaining: Labour brokers dispute

Numsa has deadlocked with employers over demands that once a worker who is employed through a labour broker has been contracted to the same employer for six months or more, then that worker must become employed by the primary employer. The employers have rejected this demand. “We expect that a certificate will be issued around […]

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