NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for November, 2005

Health and Safety: Your health and safety rights at work

Your health and safety rights at work:Do you have health and safety representatives at work? Did you elect them or did management appoint them. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.* every employer who has more than 20 employees must have health and safety representatives* every employer “shall consult in good faith” with representatives […]

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Community: Behind the rail accidents

Trains off the rails Several commuters were injured in Tshwane at the beginning of November when a train left the rails and hit commuters on the platform. Two luxury trains – Blue Train and Trans Karoo from Cape Town – collided recently. 10 commuters sustained serious injuries. Another Blue Train was involved in a collision […]

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Indaba: Open up!

What the speakers said: Blade Nzimande (SACP):”One of the biggest dangers we face is that as our democracy deepens and consolidates, there might be a mistaken view that as the memory of apartheid recedes, the political role of the working class might be seen to be of less importance.”¬Ě”..economic power still remains with the same […]

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On the Shopfloor: Never give up!

BRIEFS Workers donate Workers at Wispeco Aluminium in Alberton raised R4000 with the company matching their R4000 for the Kathorus Child and Family organisation in Thokoza. Numsa serves all George Nkosi, a visibly impaired Numsa member at Eskom (with dark glasses) holding his Braille copy of the Numsa constitution that Numsa produced on his request. […]

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Letters: Letters To the Editor

WINNING LETTER Dear Numsa NewsI am a proud member of a revolutionary, militant, democratic and vibrant Numsa. Sadly we are turning this union into an ordinary metalworkers trade union. The reason in my opinion is due to but not limited to the impact of globalism/ imperialism.The dominance of the Transnational companies in our local that […]

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Poetry

I remember youPastor Andries Linda Mbokazi I remember you,When I think about the olden days,Whenever I gaze at olden shelves,Tears fill my face,When the sun brightens my day,Oh I remember you.I remember the roads we used to walk,Skipping the crocodiles and ducking the bullets,Parents screaming “uuuuuuuu!”¬ĚPolice sjamboks streaming blood in our bodies,Ah! The harassment from […]

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Advice: Dear Judy

Dear JudiI am writing this letter requesting your assistance regarding the Engineering/ Metal Industries Pension Fund surplus, formerly the Seifsa Pension Fund. Please assist me with my surplus apportionment. In March 2004, Alexander Forbes advertised in various newspapers that all the people who worked or belonged to the Metal Industries Pension Fund should submit their […]

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Abet: Is ABET still relevant?

The last winner, Hector Mzozoyana, received a copy of a book all about Nelson Mandela sponsored by ABET book publisher, Viva Books. The stories below from ABET learners once again bear witness to how many of our members were deprived of education during apartheid or dropped out when their breadwinner parents lost their jobs. Children […]

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International: Cosatu’s visit to the new Mauritius!

Numsa and the International Metalworkers Federation (IMF) have worked tirelessly to merge the metalworkers in Swaziland. During October, Cosatu dispatched a mission to Swaziland to look at the newly merged metal union and other grown ups who have been orphaned by present divisions within the Swaziland Federation of Trade Unions.Unfortunate events in Swaziland have led […]

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International: Workers fight ‘flexibility’

Australian workers are facing their biggest battle ever. The conservative Howard government has announced a range of measures to make ‘labour more flexible’ and to improve the competitiveness of Australian workers.The government wants to introduce:* 5 minimum conditions that will replace collective agreements. These conditions are: minimum hourly wage rate; 10 days sick leave/carer’s leave; […]

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