NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for November, 2006

Numsa pickets Mexican embassy for justice

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is set to stage mass demonstrations on Mexican Embassy in Pretoria on December 11, 2006. This call is in the spirit of International Human Rights Day(December 10) and forms part of the worldwide protest action against Mexican government’s gross labour rights violations against the general secretary […]

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Offices: NUMSA becomes a property owner

Numsa becomes a property owner When Numsa officially opens its new conference centre in Newtown, Johannesburg on December 8, it will be the 11th building that it owns. All its regional offices and its head office are now fully owned by the Union. Numsa has set up a separate company, WIP Investment 40, to administer […]

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International: Zimbabwe demostrators speak out

Zimbabwe demonstrators speak outOn September 13, members of the Zimbabwean Congress of Trade Unions were arrested and beaten up for taking part in a demonstration. We give you extracts and images from interviews with ZCTU demonstrators, recorded on a cellphone. Why we were demonstrating:”We wanted to show the government and the world at large that […]

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Finances: DEBT!

DEBT! Charlene MoodleyEvery time I hear that word I shudder… that word for me and I am sure for many people is a burden that hangs over my head.But we have to face facts. We have to deal with it. It is nice to go and borrow money but when it comes to paying back […]

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POETRY

Review: Avenues of My Soul by Ayanda Billie (2006) At a time when so much poetry is being written, in loud and quiet corners, and is also being slammed through the microphones of most urban centres, it is refreshing to get hold of a pocket size volume, (containing 50 poems nevertheless) that is capable of […]

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Advice: Dear Judy

Dear comradesI would like to apologise to all comrades who wrote in and their letters were not responded to. I was appointed Acting National Education Secretary and this has resulted in extreme work pressures. ComradelyJudy Dear JudyOur union does not show or care for service amongst its members more especially in Bellville Local. No organiser […]

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LETTERS

Dear Numsa NewsThe Education Indaba commissioned the research unit to conduct a study on the “new worker” who comes from the technikon or university and joins the workplace for the first time. The same challenge faces us if we are to recruit white collar workers. We must give content to the nature and character of […]

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Comment:General Secretary

The year that was – 2006 Many of us have reached that part of the year when we begin to make plans on how and where we will spend our holidays. This period is most demanding for the working class in particular given the responsibilities associated with buying our kids Christmas clothes and presents, whilst […]

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Shopfloor:CCMA guarantees freedom of expression

CCMA guarantees freedom of expressionLate last year Vusi Sibeko, a worker at Royal Ascot Superspar, was dismissed after he wrote an article critical of working conditions at his store. The article was published in a community newspaper.However the CCMA overturned the dismissal. The CCMA noted that employees have the right to freedom of expression, even […]

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Shopfloor:’World class’ company pays poverty wages

Workers earn R320 per week after 18 years service Jenny GriceCBI Industries might be getting international recognition for its competence in the field of electrical distribution and protection components, but on the wage rates it pays its workers, it is more likely to achieve notoriety.Even after 18 years service, CBI workers and Numsa shop stewards […]

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