NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for October, 2004

Guaranteed increases

If you work in Sectors 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 and you are earning above the minimum rates of pay, then these are your guaranteed increases from the time that the Agreement is gazetted. Guaranteed Increases Classes of employee All Areas Per week (R) Per week (R) (a) Office, stores, sales and clerical […]

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Motor bargaining reps determined not to be a tennis ball

“From now on, we will refuse to be pushed from pillar to post”, said petrol attendant and Western Cape motor bargaining representative Ndoda Mdyogolo at end of a course on petrol price determination. Organised by Numsa’s education unit and facilitated by the Mineral and Energy Education and Training Institute (MEETI), the workshop dealt with how […]

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“Distances must not make us Numsa stepchildren”

Do you know where Postmansburg, Hartswater, Prieska, Britstown, De Aar and Warrington are? Although television weather bulletins never mention these Northern Cape towns, Numsa has members in them. At the end of August, 33 shopstewards from these far-flung areas gathered for three days in Kim berley . They were attending a case-handling course. Unlike workshops […]

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Straight from their mouths:

“Worker rights are human rights” The debate about the flexibility of labour law is nothing but a political objective of breaking the power of trade unions and their ability to influence what happens in the workplace and in society. They want the spirit of individualism to grow in the minds of working people – moving […]

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Shepherd, as always steers his flock with his humour…

As usual Minister Shepherd Mdladlana does not stop at anything to keep the crowds in stitches and just licks what he has to take out of his month. As he opened his speech and putting his spectacles to fit nicely on his eyes he says, “Comrades it is a pleasure and an honour for me […]

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Minister of Labour warns workers

MINISTER Mdladlana addressing Numsa’s 7 th congress announced the results of the Auditor General’s report of the UIF. “As a former principal of a primary school who knows what to do when things go wrong, last night I decided that there must be a forensic audit.” The bulk of R44 million that has disappeared is […]

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The 4-point programme

Deputy general secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP), Jeremy Cronin, told congress delegates of the four key tasks that face the working class. Pointing out the failure of Gear to create the promised “6% annual growth, job creation, and revenues to …meet our social delivery targets,” Cronin said that the working class must […]

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Unity guarantees stability

ANC secretary general, Kgalema Motlanthe, began his address by pledging solidarity with the people of Iraq and Afghanistan . He said the first challenge within the alliance is “to pursue unity within the alliance”. He also said cohesive structures “should be confident and work together”. He went on to say that unity depends on the […]

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“Rise above petty squabbles,” Vavi tells delegates

COSATU general secretary, cde Zwelinzima Vavi, was a worried man when he spoke to delegates on day two of the congress. Appealing for “calm and unity whatever the democratically determined outcome of the Congress”, he spelt out the consequences for the union and the working class if the battle for leadership positions in the union […]

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Red October’ targets land

From October 7 until November 6, the South African Communist Party (SACP) will run a month-long Red October campaign to demand “accelerated land and agrarian reform”. Numsa will support this programme by holding political discussion forums in all its regions on October 30. (see box for details of the month-long programme) Government policies strengthen commercial […]

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