NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for June, 2006

Numsa’s new membership card is here!

A message from the PresidentNumsa’s new membership card is ready to be issued. Put this poster up in your workplace. We have tried to consider all problems that may arise but there might still be unforeseen areas that may slow down this process. We therefore request your patience during this massive task. Ikhadi elisha lobulungu […]

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Loan Sharks: New Act to curb “˜amashonisa’

Umthetho Omusha wokuvimbela “˜omashonisa’ Kuqale Umthetho Wesikweletu Kuzwelonke ngomhla ka-1 Juni 2006. Kodwa-ke okunye okuhlinzekelwa yilo mthetho kuzoba umthetho ngokuhamba kwesikhathi. Ukusukela ngomhla ka-1 Juni 2007, bonke abantu abanikezela ngezikweletu kubandakanya ababolekisi abancane kufanele babize imali yenzalo ejwayelekile kanye nemali eshiwo Umthetho. Angeke “˜omashonisa’ besakwazi ukukubiza imali ethandwa yibo ngokukweboleka imali engaphansi kuka-R10 000. Kukwenza […]

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Retrenchments: Losing your job is NOT your fault!

June 1 was a painful day for more than 100 workers at Femco in Brits. The company which made lawnmower and swimming pool motors finally closed its doors after years of battling to keep the business going. At a meeting of the workers to discuss the closure, workers shared their anger and frustration over the […]

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May Day: Learning from the Small Villages

When Numsa president, Mtutuzeli Tom heard he had been deployed to speak in rural town Port St Johns for May Day celebrations, he almost phoned to complain! But once he was there, he realised that we have much to learn from these small towns. Although union membership in the area is dominated by teachers, “the […]

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Politics: Where is the ANC heading?

The media has focused on just one thing in the SACP’s Bua Komanisi document – should the SACP put up its own candidates in the next elections? But focusing on this question alone can divert the reader from the real content of the document. Jenny Grice takes you through it. Last July, the SACP’s Special […]

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On The Shopfloor: Apartheid Tactics?

Apartheid Tactics?Philip Sapud In an unprecedented attack on worker rights, police in the Western Cape used excessive force on around 5000 marching members of Satawu, in Cape Town’s city centre on May 16. In scenes reminiscent of the old apartheid days, police members arrested and shot at marchers as they dispersed after handing over a […]

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Rates: Engineering Agreement July 1 2006 – June 30 2007

Engineering Agreement Abasebenzi abangaphansi kwabaqashi abangaphansi kwezinhlangano zabaqashi i-Seifsa, i-Neasa, i-Feosa ne-Caesar bazothola amaholo abo amasha akhushuliwe ngomhla ka-1 Julayi. Abasebenzi abasebenza kubaqashi abangekho ngaphansi kwalezi zinhlangano zabaqashi kufanele balinde uhulumeni aze asifake kugazethi isivumelwano. Isivumelwano siyophelelwa yisikhathi ngomhla ka-30 Juni 2007. Engineering Agreement Werkers wie se werkgewers aan werkgewersorganisasies soos Seifsa, Neasa, Feosa en […]

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Jobs and Poverty: Peaceful marches rule the day on May 18 – What next?

Despite fears that Cosatu’s nationwide jobs and poverty marches would turn violent, reports from across the country showed otherwise. Read the stories from our writers. At Cosatu’s Central Executive Committee held from May 22 to 24, the meeting noted “with concern” that “big business and the government” continue to ignore workers’ demands. The meeting resolved […]

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Numsa News I am a young Numsa member of Eastern Cape. My concern is that why do we still enrich white people? Why do I say so? Most of us as workers of this country, we are the only people who are suffering more than anyone. In order to live a better life you […]

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Editorial Comment

Comment Recently the union convened a National Policy Workshop to discuss research findings on black economic empowerment in the metal industry. The findings on BEE confirmed what we have always suspected: that employers were not prepared to ensure that African people in particular and blacks in general benefited from socio-economic transformation. When it comes to […]

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