NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for April, 2003

National Bargaining Congress: Touching a hot spot!

Northen Transvaal sponsors a 'core' demand that says that shopstewards must be paid for training received. Cde Mentsh Motsepe, Northern Transvaal regional secretary, in his very persuasive voice addresses the conference on the contentious issue. The conference is attentive (all delegates are shopstewards). You can hear the noise of a falling pin! Cde Abes Mathibela, […]

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National Bargaining Conference: Shame on us

Metalworkers are still clinging to their traditions. Out of almost 150 delegates only 6 are women. Shame on us metalworkers, we are going from bad to worse! What happened to the principle of including women in our delegations to all meetings? A debate we should re-open! Regional and national leadership should develop ways and means […]

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National Bargaining Conference: New alliance forged at the NBC

Re-affirming the " Alliance " has become a ritual in union congresses. A few times during NBC debates, calls to "re-affirm/reinstate the alliance" were made from the conference floor. This will clearly be disturbing to union members who were not aware that the issue of the " Alliance " was on the NBC's agenda. Where […]

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National Bargaining Conference: Frustrated or prostated?

Debates around gender are often hotly contested in the union. For once the issue wasn't around equality but touched on the more sensitive area of the human anatomy and its biological implications in the workplace. For a long time now Numsa has demanded and won compulsory pap smears for our female comrades. Because this victory […]

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National Bargaining Conference: Two labours share concerns

From the speeches of Cosatu President, Zwelinzima Vavi, and Labour Minister, Membathisi Mdladlana, one could feel the healthy relationship between the two. Vavi congratulated Numsa on its 15 years of struggle. "The many great victories you have won have not only brought real benefits to your own members but have inspired countless other workers and […]

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National Bargaining Conference: 15 years remembered

On the first night of the NBC, delegates celebrated 15 years of Numsa. Numsa veterans, Bernie Fanaroff, (Numsa's past head of organising) and Les Kettledas (Numsa's past head of collective bargaining) shared their memories of their time in Numsa. Awards were presented to Alec Erwin, Bernie Fanaroff, Les Kettledas and other national Numsa figures, many […]

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Action at Work: Scaw Metals shop steward reinstated

Veteran Numsa Scaw Metals shop steward, Stanford Ndobo, is back at work after winning his case of unfair dismissal. Ndobo was fired in October 2001 for allegedly assaulting a white sub-contractor in the factory after the sub-contractor swore at him and pushed him. Numsa claimed that the dismissal was both procedurally and substantively unfair. In […]

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Cricket: Proteas rained out

South Africa ‘s dreams of glory in the ICC Cricket World Cup semi-finals were cruelly ended in Durban when rain stopped their charge of victory against Sri Lanka in Group B. In terms of the Duckworth/Lewis system, the match/game was suspended for half an hour due to rain. And after that time, because it was […]

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The Cricket World Cup 2003 – all the dramas, the tears and the rain

The Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2003 will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. The official opening was brilliant, even the US CNN dubbed it a spectacular opening. Then followed the drama. England refused to play in Zimbabwe claiming that a letter written by the "sons and daughters" of Zimbabwe was a clear indication that […]

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Funeral Benifit: How to Claim

Increasing fraud in the country is forcing Lesaka Holdings to force claimants to produce more and more documents before they can claim successfully. If you have a death in your family, you must first collect all these documents: Checklist: The pay slip of the Numsa member showing that subscription payments have been paid to Numsa […]

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