NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for September, 2004

No. 5

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Numsa to sign motor retail agreement that will cushion wages by 7,5%.

DATE : 14 September 2004 Johannesburg NUMSA PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NUMSA TO SIGN MOTOR RETAIL AGREEMENT THAT WILL CUSHION WAGES BY 7,5%. Today, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the Fuel Retailers Association (FRA) and the Retail Motor Industry (RMI) will sign a three year wage deal. The wage […]

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NUMSA reaches an in principle agreement with motor retail employers.

DATE : 08 September 2004 Johannesburg NUMSA PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NUMSA REACHED AN IN-PRINCIPLE AGREEMENT WITH MOTOR RETAIL EMPLOYERS. Yesterday, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and the Fuel Retailers Association (FRA) and the Retail Motor Industry (RMI) have once again reached an in-principle agreement to conclude this year’s […]

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Socialism and the NDR

With national congress around the corner, a three letter abbreviation is invoked in all kinds of discussions in the union. Below Numsa Bulletin publishes an extract on the National Democratic Revolution (NDR) from a joint Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) – South African Communist Party (SACP) booklet. Over the years, there have been […]

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Bua l GMOs – we don’t want them!

By Althea Mac Quene South Africa is one of the few African countries going ahead with GM crops. Today, more than 350 000 hectares of genetically modified (GM) crops are growing in South Africa . Permits have been given for GM yellow maize, soya, cotton and white maize. Maize is a staple food for many […]

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TAC report

TAC report “does not address all elements of the Plan” – government Imagine what happens when an organisation with a direct interest on a particular subject assumes a position of an “objective” watchdog within the same field. The problem becomes even more complicated if that organisation has a very narrow view of the wide-ranging and […]

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Federation’s progressive crucial meeting

From August 23 to 26, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) held an historic meeting of its Central Executive Committee (CEC) in Cape Town . The CEC consists of leadership of all Cosatu’s 21 affiliates. This was the first time the Cosatu CEC ever met outside Gauteng . In addition to its normal […]

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Globalisation threatens hard won worker rights in developed countries

Globalisation threatens hard won worker rights in developed countries Shorter working hours lengthened Well-organised German workers are feeling the pinch from competition from lower paid workers in Eastern Europe and South Africa . An agreement covering 4000 workers at two Siemens plants in Germany signed at the end of June, provides for a 40-hour week […]

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A new Latin American Reality

The Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute recently published a booklet, T The Latin American Left Between Governability and Change, on struggles that have erupted in Latin America . Numsa Bulletin reprints the publication’s preface whose author is Beatriz Stolowicz. Latin America has entered a new political conjuncture. In 1997, more than 60 million Latin Americans lived in […]

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IMF versus IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is one of the prime organisations behind corporate globalisation. Recently, the International Metalworkers Federation (IMF) released a document on strategies for an alternative form of globalisation. Woody Aroun* looks at what the “good” IMF offers as a different prescription to the medicine of the “bad” IMF. At its 2001 Congress […]

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