NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for March, 2007

Mittal SA is rapped over the knuckles, but what’s the right way forward

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has expressed its utmost disquiet and disappointment over the Competition Tribunal’s inability to provide leadership on how to deal effectively with monopoly pricing exercised by giant steelmaker Mittal SA. Competition Tribunal’s embarrassing decision has opened another can of worms and the door to threats of civil […]

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Multinational power transformer’s two-week long strike settled

Talks between Numsa and Swiss/Swedish multinational company –ABB PowerTech Transformers – over fortnight long strike has been successfully concluded. About 300 operators have returned to work today (Monday) after reaching a settlement at the weekend over a strike regarding performance incentive bonus scheme. The strike was called-off with immediate effect after the company management agreed […]

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Numsa pickets Japanese Embassy over Nissan retrenchments

The giant metalworkers union is to go ahead tomorrow(Friday) with mass protest demonstrations on Japanese Embassy in support of 410 Nissan employees who are facing retrenchments on 12 April, 2007. More than 10 buses will transport thousands of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)members in Pretoria region who will converge at 259 […]

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Legal Eagles: Can an be dismissed without a disciplinary hearing?

Can an employee be dismissed without a disciplinary hearing?France Ntuli Common law lays down that a person must be afforded an opportunity to state his or her side of the story. This is called the audi alteram partem rule (“hear the other side” – “the audi rule”).The right to a hearing in disciplinary matters was […]

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Politics: A social plan – do we need one?

A Social Plan – do we need one? Yes, says Greg Stanley and it must have Socialism at its core. How do we beat poverty? How do we beat crime? How do we beat AIDS? How do we beat low economic growth? How do we beat low wages? How do we make our country grow? […]

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Bargaining: Should we grab the money while we still can?

Should we grab the money while we still can? Gavin Hartford* argues that employee share ownership schemes (Esops) give workers an opportunity for an additional savings income stream. They are not about worker control of companies in a capitalist economy! Why is the issue of black ownership and esops so high on the agenda?Up until […]

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International: Labour Website of the Year 2007

Labour Website of the Year 2007 In this year’s competition — our tenth — 7,866 votes were cast, which was 1,000 more votes than were cast last year. Voters were asked to confirm their votes by email and 6,137 (78%) did so.Among the top ten websites were three from the developing world (for the first […]

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International: Solemnly Somalia

Solemnly SomaliaAubrey ka Saki Grounded by earthly forces between struggle-minded Mozambique and peaceful Kenya, lies Somalia, marked by a sad history of war torn territories in which thousands of innocent women and children are slain. Sentimental scenes of Somalia continue to be the focus of SABC Africa because of the dragging of feet by the […]

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Education: The principles an education system needs.

The principles an education system needs A meaningful education system should teach people more than just the three Rs (Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic) argues Enver Motala. While technological skills are important, providing people with analytical tools to critically evaluate the societies they live and work in are equally important. Reading, writing and communicatingA meaningful educational […]

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Document: All aboard the gravy train.

All aboard the gravy trainAshwin DesaiIt says a lot about an organisation that you invite somebody on the occasion of your 21st anniversary to point to your weaknesses and debate whether you are on track for another 21 years. I am confident you will indulge me, for like any opportunistic striker (and I am sure […]

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