NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for July, 2003

Engineering: New engineering wage rates 1 July 2003 – 30 June 2004

Watch out for this unfinished business! Issues not finalised: Calculating leave and leave enhancement pay parties will continue to discuss an alternative approach to the calculations. Where workers agree to be paid electronically at the end of each month, instead of weekly, then the issue of calculating shifts will fall away. Unscheduled workers parties will […]

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Shopfloor: Invest in your future, elect a leader!

The term of office of all Numsa shop stewards comes to an end in September 2003. From September 22 to the end of November 2003, Numsa will run shop steward elections across the country. New shop stewards will hold office until 2007. These shop steward elections come at a time when we are faced with […]

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Shopfloor: Why the cry for membership cards

“Members are crying for Numsa membership cards,” says Cedric Gina, shop steward in Richards Bay . “Members who completed the 3-page MEMS forms two years ago have still not received any membership cards.” For the past three years Numsa has been trying to find out details of all its members – who they are, where […]

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Agreements: House Agreement bragaining updates

Sttlements have been reached at: Iscor, Assmang, Chrome-Alloy, X-Strata, Hillside and Bayside Aluminium (see below) Company Duration of agreement Wage increase Wage model Incorporation into main agreement Other issues Numsa demands 2 years CPI-X + 5% improvement factor CPI-X + 5% improvement factor. Ceiling 14%, floor 7% House Agreement to form part of Main Agreement […]

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Agreements: House Agreement bargaining updates

But companies are still in dispute. Columbus Stainless Steel – Workers will go on strike from August 27. Workers say the company’s offer of 8% only applies to the highest grade. Most workers will only receive a 4,5% increase. Workers want CPI-X + 5%. Highveld Steel – Numsa has also declared a dispute. The company […]

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Shopfloor: What should a shop steward do?

What should a shop steward do? What sort of person do I need to elect as a shop steward? In your factory your shop steward must: represent you . S/he must represent workers when there is any problem between the worker(s) and the bosses. Your shop steward must be strong and confident. Elect someone who […]

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Funerals: Cutting funeral costs

Unfortunately, the number of funerals is rapidly increasing daily. The funeral services industry is an unregulated industry and many unscrupulous players are exploiting clients in a time of grief. At present there are many operators or so-called funeral directors who are not affiliated to a recognized federation or controlling body such as the FFSA (Funeral […]

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Book Review: The Bursary Register – 2004

If you or your children are interested in studying next year, then I suggest that you go out and buy yourself a book by the name of "The Bursary Register". The book is exactly what the title suggests – it tells of the bursaries one can obtain from various institutions and companies for the year […]

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Training: How can the Merseta help your children?

If your child wants to study in a Merseta-related field, then phone the Merseta to check if it has accredited the training institution (technikon, technical college etc.) that your child wants to attend. If your child (or spouse) needs funding to study at a technikon or university in a Merseta-related field, then you can try […]

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Training: Pressure on Setas mounts

Amendments to the Skills Development (SDA) are the latest salvo meant to push Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas) to deliver training. With delays in delivering the much-touted skills revolution, Setas have been in the firing line. According to the Department of Labour “Setas are sitting on a R2, 8 billion surplus”. Not helping the […]

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