NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for January, 2003

Community: The Education Department speaks:

Minister of Education, Kader Asmal, has promised to look into the problems around payment (or lack of payment) of school fees. He is aware of problems of pupils being turned away from school or denied their results because they have not paid their fees. In the meantime, below is the official policy of the Department […]

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Briefs: Bogus unions crushed!

For years now, comrades have been asking: "Where do all these unions come from? Who are these guys really representing – the workers or their jackets?" History will not smile on these charlatans. They are now facing the wrath of the law. The Labour Relations Act of 1995 required each and every trade union and […]

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UIF: How to Claim

A woman can claim one day's maternity benefits for every 6 days she has contributed up to a maximum of 121 days or 4 months. The benefits are paid out on a sliding scale, the higher your wages the lower percentage you receive from UIF. (see table for examples) If you earn more than R8099 […]

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Bargaining: Today’s bargaining demands are tomorrow’s benefits

"The development of a bargaining strategy lies solely with Numsa and its members," Silumko Nondwangu, Numsa's general secretary told Numsa's sector co-ordinators and regional representatives at a workshop to prepare for this year's bargaining round. Numsa is a union that "is not fixated to narrow bargaining issues," he told delegates. He pleaded with participants to […]

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International: War Talk

While the increasing possibility of a war in Iraq has dominated the headlines over the past few months, the thousands of demonstrations across the world against the war have also hit world news. From Indonesia , to France , Germany , South Africa , England and even in the US itself, millions of demonstrators have […]

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International: Starving with money in their pockets

Reports that the International Metalworkers Federation (IMF) has received from its affiliates in Zimbabwe , highlight how the difficult economic situation is affecting workers. "When all the goods are delivered in the shops, workers are at work. Black market traders buy every thing from the shops while workers are working," says Stephen Nhlapo, the IMF's […]

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Poetry: I Heard a Child Cry

The dust choked us The sewerage water Running in the street drowned us, When your little flower, Culumanco, Was flowering for you Looking for you in the crowd, Crying for you, Andile The dust choked us. The sewerage water Running in the street drowned us, When a woman was motherly carrying Your child so fragile […]

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Finance: How to manage deductions from your wages

In this edition of Numsa News we start a new column that will have financial advice. If you have a financial issue that you would like us to cover, write to Numsa News, P.O. Box 260483 , Excom 2023 or fax to 011-833 6330. The cost of the deduction of monies from clients through stop […]

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Community: Education Comes First

Another school year has just started. Liesbet Mohutsiwa reports on the difficult problem of paying school fees. The South African Schools Act says that if a parent is unable to pay school fees for a child in Grade 1 up to Grade 9 (Standard 7), then the parent can ask for an exemption. But most […]

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Benefits: Industry Sick Pay Funds

Many Numsa motor and engineering members belong to sick pay funds in their sectors: Metal and Engineering Sick Pay Fund Are you a member? If you work in the engineering industry, look on your pay slip. If you are a member, you should see a deduction for 'sick pay' or something like that. You pay […]

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