NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for March, 2004

Victory for NUMSA as ALSTOM workers return to work.

Today, 300 Alstom workers returned to work after the company conceded defeat and agreed to transfer the 100 workers to other Alstom business units. This put an end to the three weeks successful strike action. The strike was a great victory and relief for workers whose jobs were in high risk. This strike will definitely […]

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International: Dark Spots Come out in ‘Shining India’

The World Social Forum took place in January this year in Mumbai ( Bombay ), India . Praful Bidwai paints a colourful picture of the city with its contrasts between ” the filthy rich and the wretchedly poor” , the country and the effects of globalisation on working people . The World Social Forum, to […]

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Special Focus: What’s Happened to Free Basic Services?

Access to free basic services was an important plank in the ANC’s previous election manifesto. Jenny Grice looks at what has happened to promises of free basic water and electricity? If rolling out water and electricity to consumers was the ANC government’s chief concern around basic services, then it would be happy with its delivery […]

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The SACP on Zimbabwe

The South African Communist Party’s Central Committee (CC) of February 13-14 this year devoted considerable time to a discussion on the deepening crisis in Zimbabwe . This is what they said: The SACP sent a formal delegation to Zimbabwe in December, which met with senior ZANU PF cabinet ministers, the leader of the opposition, Morgan […]

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Zimbabwe’s land crisis – lessons for South Africa

Zimbabwe ‘s land crisis and economic woes have received extensive media coverage in South Africa and abroad. Woody Aroun spoke to John Blessing Karumbidza, about the land crisis in Zimbabwe and lessons for South Africa . What lessons can South Africa learn from Zimbabwe ‘s land crisis? The land question in Zimbabwe and South Africa […]

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International: Witnessing the WSF

While snowflakes, whiteness and first world wealth provided the backdrop to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos early this year, across the continent, social movements and trade unions braved poverty, dirt and disease in India’s Mumbai to attend the World Social Forum. Numsa general secretary, Silumko Nondwangu, attended and gives his […]

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International: “German model” under attack?

While Gerhard Schrí¶der recently basked under African skies because of his opposition to the Iraqi war, there was no whiff of his less palatable policies back home. Dinga Sikwebu looks at the German chancellor’s policies aimed at restructuring the welfare system. Architects of South Africa ‘s democratic dispensation spent hours and hours in the early […]

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International Briefs

President Lula visits Africa Late last year, the President of Brazil and ex-metalworker, Lula da Silva, paid a visit to several countries in Africa , including South Africa . While in South Africa , his delegation, which included six members of the Brazilian trade union federation (CUT), met with Cosatu leaders. Silumko Nondwangu was there. […]

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Occupational safety: Safeguarding your life

This is the third article in our health and safety series written by the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health/Industrial Health Unit based at the University of Natal . In this article, we give you tips in how to safeguard your machine and how to keep safe during routine maintenance. “Young worker killed in senseless […]

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Discuss levy increases

Cde Tom gives you some wise words on how you should act as a shop steward (see pages 42-44). In the next few pages sector co-ordinators give background information on issues in their sectors and what they expect of you. Discuss levy increases Since engineering workers go into the second year of their two-year agreement, […]

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