NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for November, 2006

HIV/AIDS:Renewed hope on HIV/AIDS

Will the recent National Aids Conference hosted by Cosatu, SACC, Sangoco and TAC which government attended, signal an end to the fighting between civil society and government around how to tackle the HIV/Aids disaster? Everyone is hoping so. Things began to turnaround at the Cosatu congress in September. Even those delegates who sang Zuma songs […]

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Women Abuse: 16 days of activism

Start the campaign in our own homes! From November 25 to December 10 every year, the country dedicates itself to unite against women and child abuse. However a recent study of 1370 schoolboys in the Eastern Cape found that 1 in 5 boys admitted to raping girls. Numsa News spoke to Wits University psychology lecturer, […]

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Engineering

Attention engineering workersHow to calculate your leave pay and bonus It’s annual shutdown time again. Read here to find out how much leave pay and bonus you can expect.* You must get 3 consecutive weeks’ paid leave that includes 4 weekends. * The 3 weeks must be extended with full pay for each public holiday […]

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Locals: Putting our ears on rural ground

Karl Cloete When Western Cape regional office bearers (ROBs) heard rumours that poor service was leading some Numsa members in Beaufort West to consider joining forces with Truman Prince to establish a workers’ committee, we drove the 800 km to the rural town. Early in 2005, members in Beaufort West made it into Numsa News […]

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Health & Safety

Ekurhuleni gets tough on health and safety ‘If you don’t ask for it, you will never get it,’ is the lesson that Numsa Ekurhuleni members are learning. Since October, Numsa members in certain Ekurhuleni workplaces with poor health and safety practices have been marching for their safety.At Amakhulu Bags in Wadeville, the almost 100-strong workforce […]

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Politics: Sadtu supports call for summit on violence at schools

Sadtu supports call for summit on violence at schoolsTeachers’ union, Sadtu has supported the Young Communist League’s call for an urgent summit to be convened by the Minister of Education to:* develop workable responses to the current problems faced in schools* identify underlying causes of violence and anti-social behaviour* work out a staffing formula to […]

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Training: some bright parks

Training – some bright sparksJenny GriceWhile many Numsa organised factories report that their companies are failing on training, shop stewards at Scaw Metals in Wadeville are more optimistic.The shop stewards abandoned the training committee and instead now negotiate training and employment equity issues in their monthly management meetings. They have also demanded that the training […]

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Chinese shop shuts down to oppose compulsory SABS standards

13 November 2006 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa(Numsa) has strongly lashed out at the Chinese- based Tao Ying stove company over its decision to lay-off its 320 staff members because it could not stand new production standards set by government. Tao Ying, producer of non-pressure stove and heaters in Botshabelo outside Bloemfontein […]

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Mittal’s profiteering outlook to be spoiled by bitter protest marche

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is outraged at yet another price increases of steel products announced by Mittal Steel South Africa. Today (Tuesday), Mittal Steel SA chief executive Rick Reato, said the company achieved 49% headline earnings for the 3rd quarter ended September 30, 2006, compared to last year’s corresponding period. […]

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