NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for September, 2003

Cosatu 8th National Congress: Bush has failed American workers – AFL-CIO

ADDRESSING delegates on the last day of the Cosatu 8th National Congress, President Bill Lucy of the US trade union federation AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labour), told delegates that the “Supreme Court” appointed President of America, George Bush had failed American workers and that the American economy that had billions of reserves “now has billions […]

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Cosatu 8th National Congress: 2015 Plan Under Spotlight

On the second day of Cosatu’s eighth National Congress, the congress got down to the work of dissecting the 2015 plan document. Whilst all affiliates were in support of the 2015 plan document, different affiliates took turns in pointing out what they felt was missing from the document. Num broke the ice by pointing out […]

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Cosatu 8th National Congress: Minister calls on Cosatu – support the ANC

Speaking on behalf of President Thabo Mbeki, Minister “Terror” Lekota called on Cosatu delegates to support the ANC-led alliance and warned those forces that wanted to “drive a wedge between the ANC and Cosatu that their dreams would come to nothing.” The Minister went on to say that “for the first time in 300 years, […]

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Shopfloor: Employer puts the squeeze on workers

International Automotive Component, a motor company operating in Ekandustria, Cullinan, not far from Pretoria , is squeezing its 29 employees. When it opened more than 10 years ago, it employed about 100 workers. But as soon as workers joined the union and especially after the new Labour Relations Act of 1995, it further reduced its […]

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Letters: A word of thanks!

Many, many thanks to our negotiating teams, the motor sector in particular, for their work and achievements. We are proud of you and our organisation broadly.Yes, it was not so easy at the negotiating table. But ultimately you succeeded. We are all aware that the motor sector is the most unrecognised structure in the industry, […]

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Poetry: Historic workers’ parliament

Drums of wisdom beat Echoes are heard all over the globe Tapping of workers’ feet started And the rhythm is of the past Songs of freedom combined with body movement With courage and enthusiasm Workers’ unity and strength is now consolidated In month with only four days of activism Coming from the east and west […]

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Transport: Train travel – dumping their worries

Trains are notorious for their delays, their broken windows that expose their occupants to the elements, the tsotsis who prey on innocent commuters. Numsa administrator, Liesbet Mohutsiwa, braves a one and a half hour train ride (on good days!) twice a day in Train 9019 between her home in Orange Farm and work in Numsa’s […]

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Briefs: Equipping organisers

For just more than one week in August, more than 20 newish Numsa organisers together with two from the newly formed Swaziland Federation of Trade Unions attended a Numsa organiser course. Organisers were equipped with the basics on the different sectors in Numsa, how to manage their time, running effective campaigns, the importance of servicing […]

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Briefs: Cannibalism angers community

Pictures of Mrs Mthembu being cooked at Esikhawini ( Richards Bay ) recently shocked television viewers. The Safcol plantation just outside the township was Mr Mathenjwa’s kitchen, a suspected illegal immigrant from Mozambique.After community efforts the suspect was arrested within a few days. On his first appearance in court the community invaded the court, trying […]

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Surplus: What’s happened to the pension surpluses?

The surplus in pension funds has been hot news lately. In May this year regulations were passed spelling out how Funds must dish out the surplus. Are you wondering what has happened? Read these questions and answers to see if your question is covered. If you have further questions, send them to Numsa News. Do […]

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