NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for July, 2006

Jewellery employees get retrenchment threats for striking against physical attacks by managers

NATIONAL UNION OF METALWORKERS OF SOUTH AFRICA 153 Bree Street (cnr. Becker), P.O. Box 260483 Newtown Excom 2023 Johannesburg, Tel: 011-689 1700 2001 Fax: 011-833 6330 e-mail:mziwakheh@numsa.org.za Cell: 082 940 7116 NUMSA Press statement For immediate release: 21 July, 2006 Jewellery employees get retrenchment threats for striking against physical attacks by managers At least 230 […]

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Numsa plan marches on US and EU embassies over tariffs reductions

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is to stage countrywide general strikes in August to halt removal of industrial tariffs which are expected to open up markets and destroy more jobs and industries. Along with most vulnerable manufacturing industries, Numsa’s 220 000 members plan to lead work disruptions in major business organizations […]

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Rape: Preventing HIV after rape

1. Go to a doctor as soon as you can. Ask about anti-retroviral medicines that could reduce the risk of getting HIV (called PEP) (It is also safe for children that have been raped to take these medicines). You must start taking the medicine as soon as possible. If more than 72 hours (3 days) […]

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Women: Is Numsa male dominated?

Numsa women not alone! Numsa women’s representation in the union is not unusual. In 2000, The United Steelworkers of America (USWA) surveyed 800 of its women members to learn more about their concerns. It found that: women represented 20% of its membership women were poorly represented – 18% were on executives at workplaces, 8% were […]

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International: Nama threat still real

As Numsa News went to print, governments were battling it out in Geneva to get the best deals for their countries under Nama. Nama stands for Non-Agricultural Market Access. It is an agreement that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and developed countries want to impose on developing countries. The WTO is an organisation that sets […]

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International: Cosatu activists jailed for supporting Swazi people

Cosatu activists jailed for supporting Swazi people Numsa comrades were at the Swaziland border in May to show their solidarity with the Swazi people. Cedric Gina reports. Protesters arrived at the border with two buses and many mini-buses. By 8am the two buses parked across the gates to Swaziland blocking the way. The Pongola police […]

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Rape: Rape – giving a loved one support

Rape – giving a loved one support Whether you are a Msholozi supporter or not, the Jacob Zuma rape trial broke the silence around rape. But we should not forget our country’s shocking rape statistics: 1 in 2 women has a chance of being raped in her lifetime A woman is raped every 26 seconds […]

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Health and Safety: Mpumalanga – Numsa’s health and safety hot spot!

By: Justice Masutha The blast at Sasol in 2004 that killed 10 workers and injured 350 many of whom were contract workers, was not the only accident to hit the Mpumalanga region. Numsa-organised Middelburg Ferrochrome and Duvha Power Station have also experienced fatal accidents this year. A shop steward of Duvha Power Station, says their […]

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Health and Safety: The working class continues to die at the hands of capital

Pain, frustration and tears befell both VWSA and Grinaker LTA Construction Company employees from late afternoon on May 30 to the next morning when three workers died when a crane broke. The top part of the 70m high crane where three workers were working snapped, killing one worker on the spot whilst two hung there […]

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BEE: Numsa debates BEE

By: Neo Chabane The basic elements of black economic empowerment (BEE) are not new concepts at all. As early as 1955, the Freedom Charter called for all people to share in the country’s wealth and the fruits of the land. Since then the majority of South Africans have realised the need for economic equality and […]

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