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Archive for September, 2005

ABET: More ABET stories

We are happy to publish more letters/stories from ABET learners. This time all the learners are from Continental Tyre, Port Elizabeth. Keep those letters coming, the competition is still running! The last winner received a copy of The Demon and the Angel, sponsored by ABET book publisher, Viva Books. My familyWe are a family of […]

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Training: Updates

Training for retrenched workers? Project manager for the Merseta, Dimakatso Phiri, reports that terms of reference for a service provider to run a project for training retrenched workers are still being finalised. Once the terms of reference are complete, the project will go out to tender. In the meantime, if you have been retrenched and […]

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Training: Further training for Amic holders

Dear Numsa News I would like to echo the sentiments expressed by comrades Golden Magagula and Tshepo Mpshe on Numsa News no 3 June 2005 . Bravo! Also to Numsa for its efforts to accommodate our retrenched comrades on its skills development programmes. I suggest our movement should go the extra mile to initiate programmes […]

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Subscriptions: Big brother MEMS is watching

Since linking subscription cheque deposits to Numsa’s computerised membership system (MEMS), there has been an improvement in the collection of union subscriptions, says Numsa membership coordinator Nishan Gunawardhana . But efforts are still continuing to track down those companies that have not paid Numsa. Every company should have its own unique reference number. It must […]

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Politics: Jacob Zuma – where to now?

For a while, Cosatu’s Central Committee demand that the sacking of Zuma be reviewed and all charges against him be withdrawn, threatened to shake the foundations of the alliance.But after weeks of 10-a-side meetings of the alliance, a further meeting of Cosatu’s Central Executive Committee and a meeting of the ANC’s NEC, Cosatu is now […]

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Politics: Local government – choose carefully

Elections for local government will be held sometime between December 2005 and March next year. Cosatu’s CC resolved to support the ANC-led campaign as long as there was a “common commitment to support local government”. It also called for:* the list process to be democratised to reflect the decisions of ANC and Alliance structures* a […]

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Politics: Key decisions of the 3rd Cosatu Central Committee (CC)

Cosatu’s Third Central Committee met in August to discuss a range of issues. Below is a very brief summary. The meeting stressed that government policy “will only favour the working class if workers and the poor organise and act to support their demands.” To achieve this, successful actions like June 27 will have to be […]

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Politics: Briefs

“New UDF” reports: “sensationalism’Numsa has dismissed newspaper reports over the Cape Town launch of a new party called the UDF which hinted could split the ANC, as “sensationalism”.In a press statement released after the launch, Numsa’s information officer, Dumisa Ntuli said that the UDF was not a party but a coalition of like-minded civil society […]

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INTERNATIONAL: Attack on trade unions is an attack on democracy

The former IMF General Secretary, Hans Bieber, said a nation’s democracy should be judged in terms of how it treats its trade unions. The Cosatu Central (CC) recently resolved that the South African government could make a loan to Zimbabwe but only if the Zimbabwe government guaranteed to protect democracy and labour rights and end […]

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HIV/AIDS: Keeping the virus under control through destigmatisation!

Anglo American companies now provide anti retrovirals (ARVs) to their workforce. Judy Madumo spoke to a Scaw Metals worker on ARVs, GiddIes Nala, and Sister Ruth, the sister in charge of the programme. How was the message that workers can access treatment communicated to them?Sister Ruth: During last year’s World Aids Day in December our […]

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