NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for August, 2005

Removing leeches from the retirement fund industry

Reforming the retirement funds industry is a welcome intervention that seeks to redress embedded inefficiencies and abnormalities by amputating entrenched privileges. This initiative will raise the ire of the present profiteers who, from a risk and reward perspective, disproportionately benefit from the industry. A case in point is the way asset managers receive commissions. Asset […]

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Myriad of training issues

In 1990 Numsa commissioned its first Training Research and Development Group (RDG). It involved 26 workers and two officials in three months of intensive research into the needs, progress and problems experienced by Numsa members in all sectors on issues related to training and education. It’s now time to revive this to assess the impact […]

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The Two Economies: Rumbles over two economies

While there is general agreement that there are huge developmental problems in large parts of South Africa , including a massive unemployment problem, there is no consensus on how to solve these. Since early this year, the ANC has broached the issue of exempting small businesses from certain regulations and collective bargaining arrangements as a […]

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Letters

Winning Letter The trials of being a shop steward As a shop steward I’ve dedicated myself to being a defender of workers’ rights, to mediate between employer and employees. But seemingly for doing all the duties of a shop steward, I am being misinterpreted as a bad influence, corrupt, destructive leader who wants to destroy […]

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Editorial: Back home

Back home Our responsibilities It was once again Frantz Fanon who said these instructive words in the context of a struggle and building people’s organisation: “Nobody, neither leader nor rank and file, can hold back the truth. The search for the truth in local attitudes is a collective affair. Some are richer in experience and […]

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Tribute to all leaders

Tribute to all leaders Bold, brave, unselfish, dedicated and devoted.To you I give tribute, it is you that I salute.Everybody is born a leader, but not everybody can lead.It takes character and dedication to lead. You might feel that your efforts go unnoticedYou may feel unappreciated and at times even overlooked,But you are not, to […]

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Biowatch wins GMO court case

Monsanto and two other companies joined the Department of Agriculture in contesting the court challenge. Biowatch claimed that section 32(1) (a) of the Constitution and environmental legislation give it the right to access to information on the GMO industry in South Africa. Government and the companies in support of government argued that Biowatch’s right to […]

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Should we follow the Chinese miracle?

Comparing South Africa to China is a bit like comparing an ant with a dragon. China has 1,3 billion people – that’s 25% of the world’s population. Just one city could soon be home to more than South Africa’s total population. An industrial centre, Chongqing currently has 31,5 million people, but there are plans to […]

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“Unite, organise and fight on for a living wage”

One of the greatest challenges facing unions in Zimbabwe is increasing low wages, improving the living standards of workers and maintaining a strong organisation under conditions of a siege economy. Facing hurdles like denial of workers’ rights, repression of strikes, security laws, government sponsored unions, company clamp downs on workers’ meetings, failing economy, bad governance, […]

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“Programa Integrar”

There are a couple of things that you don’t do in Brazil – you don’t teach the Brazilians how to play football … you don’t teach them how to do the samba and you don’t go around questioning, like Cosatu, whether their social movements have a “track record of disciplined organisational practice”. And perhaps it […]

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