NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for August, 2006

Numsa strike “hurts armoury and air defence business”

At least 1 000 workers at Denel’s ammunition division, including contract workers have downed tools on Wednesday (August 30, 2006) in support of their demand for reduction of huge salary gaps between lowest paid general workers and management. The embattled arms dealer Denel and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) are set […]

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The organisational and political test for the Cosatu September National Congress

The National Office Bearers of Numsa, a union that represent 216,000 Metalworkers met on the 18th and 19th August to consider a wide range of issues that affect Numsa members, and had a substantive discussion on matters pertaining to the forthcoming Cosatu National Congress in September. We also considered and had a discussion on the […]

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Numsa plans a national strike over plant agreements impasse

The largest metal engineering industry is tipped over the edge of a disruptive work stoppage after its refusal to integrate plant agreements into the main industry agreement. At least 15 companies involved in the house agreements faced nationwide strike by 7 000 members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) in September. […]

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Breaking new ground on the vexing questions confronting our revolution

Breaking new ground on the most vexing questions confronting our revolution- A political discussion paper prepared by the Numsa for the Cosatu September National Congress. Context and background Lenin commenting on the socialist revolution and the struggle for democracy made the following observation: “The socialist revolution is not a single act, not a single battle […]

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Gender: Sexual Harassment – are we ready?

Numsa is a male dominated union, but with the influx of women in these previously male dominated industries, sexual harassment cases are a time bomb waiting to explode. In the Western Cape Region’s, Atlantis local, a case of sexual harassment has just been referred to the Labour court for adjudication after the matter was heard […]

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Cards: Membership Card Update

Thanks to all those that have requested their card details since the article in the last Numsa News and our visits to Hlanganani, Wits Central, Western Cape and Ekhuruleni Regions. Congratulations to Atlantis Foundries who will be the first company to receive their membership cards. Their shop stewards have completed all the steps set out […]

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Tribute: Former Deputy President Mabuyakhulu

Numsa pays tribute to its tower and former deputy president MabuyakhuluMtutuzeli Tom, National President of Numsa Vincent Mabuyakhulu, the labour union icon who “lived his life for others” has breathed his last. Former first vice-president of Numsa and member of the national parliament died in Durban after a short illness in July. In the minds […]

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Workplace: Grappling with Workplace Restructuring

The Numsa workshop on restructuring held in mid-July, came during war talk within Numsa and Cosatu about the proposed agreement at the WTO to cut tariffs on industrial goods by half and as a consequence, increase the flood of cheaper products into South Africa. The many activities threatening jobs and working conditions resulting from workplace […]

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Training: Bursaries give hope to young students

The Merseta is sponsoring 21 students to study mechatronics at university. VWSA’s training representative and Numsa shop steward, Xolani Tshayana, spoke to one of the students, Ntombekaya Jafta, on how she was chosen and asked her about her hopes for the future. How did Numsa help you get this bursary and secure a place for […]

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BUA: Should Managers be allowed to join NUMSA

In the last Numsa News No 3 2006, shop steward Mlungisi Tikolo wrote a story on the role of black managers in Numsa organised industries. It sparked more debate through Numsa’s e-mail list and its offices. This is an edited version of some of the letters that were received. Dear Numsa News For a long […]

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