NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for February, 2004

Keeping your shop steward on track

Numsa members have been electing shop stewards since September last year. They will hold office for the next four years. Cedric Gina spoke to Numsa President, Mtutuzeli Tom, to find out how you can keep your shop steward on track. What is the recourse of members in case the shop steward is not performing according […]

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Gender: KZN moves on gender

At a gender and regional education committee workshop held in March, the problems of poor co-ordination of gender issues in the KZN region came up for discussion. “We decided that we must appoint a gender co-ordinator because the regional educator is too busy with education,” says chairperson of the KZN gender structure, Gloria Buthelezi. Participants […]

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Assessing Numsa’s HIV/Aids programme

HIV/Aids is just one of the issues that will come up for discussion at the congress later this year. Regional delegates met recently to analyse the union’s progress. Jenny Grice reports. Representatives from all Numsa’s nine regions were there to measure the Union ‘s achievements around HIV/Aids as against the resolutions that it passed at […]

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Editorial: Letters

Dear Comrade I am an employee of X-strata, Wonderkop. There is a slight apartheid, straight from management. Really apartheid is worse-worse. The fruits of the new democracy has no meaning in our work places. In X-Strata there is too much work, bad working conditions, hard work and poor salary. I would like to call upon […]

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Elections 2004: Uncertain outcomes

Numsa on the list! Since the first national elections ten years ago, when Cosatu put up its own candidates’ list to the ANC, Numsa members have got used to seeing their ex-leaders in parliament both at regional and national levels. Leaders like Alec Erwin , Joe Bokaba, Danny Oliphant, Mike Mabuyakhulu, Sam Mthethwa and Willies […]

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EAS still on strike

Striking airport baggage handlers are getting first hand experience of the effects of privatisation on working conditions. Workers, members of Cosatu affiliated transport union, Satawu, have now been on strike since December. Their newly privatised employer, EAS, wants to increase hours of work from 40 to 45 hours without compensation and to take away the […]

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Thumbs up for ‘Buy local’

Clothing and textile trade union, Sactwu, has made a breakthrough in the struggle to get local companies to ‘buy local’. Since last year, the union has been campaigning to get clothing retailers to buy more stock locally to preserve and create jobs. As Numsa News went to print, more than 48 retail or franchise names […]

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Striking Alstom workers win retrenchment battle

Three hundred Alstom workers returned to work after the company conceded defeat and agreed to transfer the 100 workers that it planned to retrench to other Alstom business units. This put an end to their three weeks successful strike action.

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Numsa opposes LNM takeover of Iscor

British steel magnate, Lakshmi Mittal, has recently filed an application with the Competition Commission to take over the control of Iscor through his LNM group. Mittal, who purchased 47% of Iscor in 2002, wants to acquire a further 5% of Iscor, therefore making the LNM group a majority shareholder in the company. The union requested […]

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Spreading the union gospel

Money well spent! More supply please! First and foremost I would like to send my revolutionary and new year greetings to all comrades in Numsa. We have achieved success (with our publications) to a certain degree. But when I ask workers to share a copy of Numsa News I’m told, ‘What on earth do you […]

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