NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for July, 2004

Letters

Democracy and worker control There is a trend today in some unions for the bureaucracy to “manage” democracy for workers, on the grounds that this is practical or efficient. A serious problem arises if unions purport to represent members on issues while leaving the workers themselves in the dark. This is tantamount to self-mandating and […]

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Engineering workers flex their muscles: Employers buckle under pressure

Employers buckle under pressure The flexing of the mighty Numsa’s muscles in countrywide marches and in dispute meetings were enough to push employers to move their final offer to 7,5% for the lower grades and 6,5% for the higher grades. Rate Current minimum (hourly rates) Increase on actuals and scheduled rate Increase on scheduled wage […]

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“With Numsa behind me I fear no evil”

The pale colour of Numsa members like William Tones, spraypainter and shop steward at Boart Longyear, makes him stick out in union meetings and marches. But close your eyes and the passion for serving the members in his workplace that flows in his words is just as strong as those of his fellow black comrades. […]

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Growing interest in Numsa from the unorganised

Over the past few months, spurred on by the introduction of the agency shop in the engineering industry, ‘Dear Judy’ has received a number of e-mails requesting more information from previously unorganised and white workers on what benefits and services Numsa provides. In addition to the benefits and services that Tones spells out above, Numsa […]

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Working and learning together

Bringing together the unemployed and currently employed workers can have unexpected spinoffs as Rosslyn car component manufacturer, August L í¤ pple, recently discovered. When Rosslyn automotive components supplier, August Lí¤pple, piloted the first learnership on automotive components manufacturing and assembly, one of their key aims was “to make the unemployed workers employable,” says Chief Nkosi, […]

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ANC praises NNP

President of the African National Congress (ANC), Thabo Mbeki, has praised the New National Party (NNP) for its decision to disband. Writing in ANC Today, on August 13, he called its decision “courageous and far-sighted.” Applauding its further call on all its members to join the ANC, he said it showed that the party was […]

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Alliance pledges to address unemployment and poverty

The upcoming summit of the alliance of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, the African National Congress, the South African Communist Party and the South African National Civic Association, scheduled for the beginning of September, will adopt a programme of action to intensify the deepening of the National Democratic Revolution. The recent 10-a-side meeting, […]

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A True Leader

Siphiwe Webster Dhladhla What a true leader you are You survived tyranny Really you managed to pull through You survived poverty, torture and brutality, Escaped all kinds of weather Tried to see in the dark Had hope where there was no life What a true leader you are You sacrificed your daily life Socially, economically […]

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Unity is strength!

“It is better to suffer now so tomorrow you know you will never suffer again.” These were the encouraging words that Numsa president, Mtutuzeli Tom, gave to Gauteng motor workers on July 20 when they marched to the offices of the Fuel Retailers Association and the Retail Motor Industry. Giving motor employers the memorandum, Tom […]

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Living on the edge

Khuliswa Hamele is a widow working at Peddie Motors in Peddie. She tells Fumanekile Phumaphi the challenges of working at the petrol station. . When did you start working with your current employer? In 1999. Do you have any dependants? Yes, my two daughters Sinolwethu (11) and Athini (7). It must be tough raising them? […]

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