NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for June, 2004

Briefs

“Dogs set on us”, claim workers About 18 workers at the T.C.E engineering company based in Benoni are to face a disciplinary hearing and possible dismissal after they allegedly complained that dogs were set on their fellow workers. Workers are constantly intimidated by 10 dogs in the vicinity of the working stations, canteens and office […]

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Youth: June 16 – Where is the youth today?

As we celebrate the 28 th anniversary of the Soweto uprising and commemorate Youth Day, we must ask ourselves whether the South African youth understand the historic significance of this day, and to look at why there is a lack of political activism amongst the young people. Where I work (Volkswagen SA), I walked around […]

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Congress: Making your voice heard

The World Trade Organisation must transform itself to address the burning issue of agricultural subsidies in the developed world and structural adjustment programmes imposed on African countries that together have damaged African economies. Delegates supported exports to and investments in the African continent. …in the south west Mirriam Makhalamele At Numsa’s Western Transvaal region, different […]

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On the shopfloor: Smooth Talking

Interviewing Numsa KZN organiser, Bonga Ngwane, makes one realise why he is one of Numsa’s djs – he has a smooth clear voice that is so right for radio. He hosts one of the 40 labour slots organised on community radio stations around the country on Isipingo-based community radio station – Imbokodo Radio. Ngwane’s voice […]

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On the shopfloor: Labour consultant put in his place

Labour consultant and former Saawu trade unionist, Simon Tshidi, will think twice about challenging an arbitration award in the future. This was after he, and the company he was representing, Hammerle Products CC, were ordered to pay the costs of bringing the challenge to the Labour Court . The saga began when worker, Goodboy Luvumo, […]

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On the shopfloor: Comrades bid Numsa farewell

Those in KwaZulu Natal that have known Numsa and Mawu and Fosatu before that, will know comrades Dora Mafunda (Pietermaritzburg local), Maxwell Shabalala (Ladysmith local) and Skhumbuzo Khubeka (Newcastle local) well. All have taken voluntary severance packages from Numsa after 38 years service between them. Mafunda began her trade union career in the 1980s when […]

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Collective Bargaining: Auto strike looming

Numsa”˜s revised auto demands: A guaranteed wage increase of 9% across the board; 3-year wage agreement; Training should take place during working hours; 100% payment of maternity leave; For every artisan there must be one apprentice; Workers working under labour brokers should be employed permanently after 3 months; Any bonus should be calculated at 9%; […]

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Youth: Youth Day – June 16 – is it still an inspiration?

The commemoration of June 16 uprising will serve as an inspiration to future generations as it continuously reminds them of the role played by them in the liberation struggle. Since June 16, there has been much progress made towards tilting the balance of forces in favour of the majority in particular the working class. Various […]

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Poem: Section 189 no 189A

Musa Langa Hey Bo Msebenzi qapela, Bheka qapela uzodilizwa Hey Bo Msebenzi, buka, phepha, Lento iza ngamagama amaningi, Lento iza ngezindlela zayo Uthi umlungu akasena mali Uthi umlungu “it’s based on operational requirements” Uthi umlungu yi retrenchment Uthi futhi yi staff optimization Kanti yini lena, Iyini lento? Awu saphela isizwe, Lafa ilizwe. When will this […]

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Childcare Day

Refilwe Rosemary Lukhele, Madibeng’s local administrator, holds June 1, childcare day, close to her heart. For the past few years she has driven plans, together with other Numsa staff and members, to celebrate the day in her local. She reports on this year’s outing. This year we raised R16 000 in donations from locally organised […]

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