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Archive for October, 2003

Briefs: Retrenchments

Iscor:South Africa ‘ largest steel division Iscor is the latest company to use the strong rand as an excuse for mass retrenchments of 1 600 direct production workers. The company is preparing to axe a further 2000 staff members by December 2003. By blaming their woes on the strong rand they are avoiding dealing with […]

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Enviromental: Civil society gears up for Bonn 2004

At the beginning of October more than 60 environmental and energy activists gathered for three days at Germany ‘s Bad Honnef town. They came from Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa and the drizzle of Germany ‘s early winter did not dampen their enthusiasm. The workshop’s aim was to strategise for the international conference on […]

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Enviromental: International move on renewables

One of the sticky points at last year’s World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) was the issue of renewable energies. At the centre of the dispute was whether the summit adopts targets for use of wind, solar, water and biomass as energy sources or not. The European Union (EU) led the charge for targets. States […]

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Education: Being a responsible parent

Meshack Mphokela is now a Numsa member at SA Truck Bodies in Bloemfontein local and also sits on his child’s School Governing Body (SGB) at Ditholoane Primary School in Botshabelo . He tells Judi Mazibuko-Madumo of the importance of being “in charge of the education of our children”. What do you think made parents vote […]

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Training: Merseta boycott bears fruit

The position of the Merseta as one of the more effective Setas amongst the 28 Setas in the country was for a time under threat after all the unions falling under the Merseta began a boycott of the training body’s meetings. This drastic action followed the refusal of some employers to release shopstewards on a […]

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Engineering: Engineering’s unfinished business

As part of its engineering sector demands last year, Numsa proposed that employers increase: the shift allowance the standby allowance severance pay leave to 20 days. But the initial response from Seifsa, the employers’ organisation, was No! No! No! Now Seifsa has proposed holding a smaller meeting with Numsa and other unions. Judging from Seifsa’s […]

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Briefs: Take care of your children!

A parent is a mother and a father who give birth to a child. They come together to make sure that the child is growing well. They teach, guide and show love to their children. At the same time parents are workers, and they are also union members. As a worker and a comrade, there’s […]

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Editorial: Comment

As we approach the end of 2003, with many of us busy planning our vacations, it is also important that we take a step back and reflect on the broad plans that we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year. Only once we have assessed what we have done, can we set out […]

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Motor: Let’s celebrate our victory

As motor workers celebrated getting wage increases above the inflation rate and three weeks after the previous agreement expired, Numsa News asked Numsa motor sector co-ordinator, Sam Tsiane , to reflect on what the organisation has learnt since the 6-week strike in 1998 and what still needs to be done to further improve the lot […]

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Training: Learning on the job

Heavy equipment company Barloworld Equipment, is not only leading the way in piloting a new learnership programme in its company but it is also putting into practice Numsa’s demand that employment for new learners must be guaranteed. The company which specialises in servicing and repairing heavy equipment for farming, road building and mines is currently […]

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