NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for May, 2007

Numsa is set to battle out discrimination of HIV sufferer in court

A battle royal has broken out between the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and a locomotive manufacturer in Nigel over the sacking of a worker for disclosing his HIV status. The union is preparing to institute case of unfair discrimination in the Labour Court against management of Industrial Locomotive Services. This follows […]

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Numsa and Cosatu president fumes over false report about President Mbeki’s alleged complaint

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and Cosatu president Willy Madisha are livid with anger over City Press allegations that President Thabo Mbeki had complained to them about “Nazi propaganda” comments. City Press reported over the weekend (27th May 2007) that Mbeki’s anger at Cosatu general- secretary Zwelinzima Vavi’s comments likening ANC […]

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Poetry: Loo Mini

Loo Mini Mini ndin’enkulu mna ndiyakoyikaMini ndin’enkulu mna ndikuhloneleNgawe lenzek’inyala nesikiziUfanelwe kukudunyisw’ufakw’ezimbalinNgawe yangqukrulek’imiphefumloyoluntuNgawe zakrazuk’iintliziyo zehlabathiNgaw’umfanasemzini wazenzeludumo nembalasane wathath’umfoka hani Kumhl’igama lakhe lavel’ezimbalini ze africa okwesizananina nesibhadu-bhaduKumhl’abakowabo bamthambis’amafuth’entelezi mna ndamthambis’awomzondoNazixelel’ukub’umbulele ndathi hay’uyaxok’awumbulelang’umthumileWathi zaxele oosobukhwe noo moses kotan’ukub’umadiba waqalisapho babeshiye khonaKumhl’uMadiba wabhengez’imini yenkululekoKumhla sakhululeka kumatyathang’obugqwira nobugqi bukangxowaMini ndin’enkulu mna ndiyakoyika Mini ndin’enkulu mna ndikuhloneleLala kahle Tshonyane10th april […]

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Training: Training ideas from across the seas

Training ideas from across the seasWhat can we learn from the German trade union training experience? Numsa VW educator, Xolani Tshayana asked Keith Andrew, from German metal union, IG Metall, how his company and his trade union organise training for workers. TRAINING BRIEFS Time running out!The deadline for companies to submit their Workplace Skills Plans […]

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Politics: Food for debate!

Food for debate!The ANC will hold its policy conference in June and its National Congress in December. It has released 13 documents for its branches to discuss. These documents analyse the situation and then make proposals on how to respond to this situation.Write in and give us reports on what is happening in your ANC […]

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International: Nigerian Elections!

Nigerian elections – hearing the workers’ side!Felix Owie, Principal Assistant General Secretary of the Steel Engineering Workers Union of Nigeria (SEWUN) spoke to Woody Aroun about the recent Nigerian election. Nigeria has just concluded its national elections. Independent observers and contesting political parties have registered their concerns about the election process and dissatisfaction with what […]

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Auto and Tyre: What Numsa wants from Auto and Tyre employers

Demands1. Disclose Information on:- Actual wages of all employees, hourly and salaried; and- Executive pay, its perks and its increases over the past three years.2. Duration of agreement – July 1st 2007 to June 30th 2010 3. Wages – Benchmark with actual artisans’ and technicians’ rates – Year one: 15% increase on actual artisans’ and […]

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Motor: What we want from motor employers!

Petrol attendants’ wagesNumsa has successfully negotiated an agreement from employers that they will raise petrol attendants’ wage rates to a minimum of more than R2000 per month. But they say they will only do this once the department of minerals and energy and the minister of finance agree to a hike in the petrol price […]

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Engineering: Engineering Demands 2007

ENGINEERING DEMANDS 2007 3 year agreement (July 1 2007 – June 30 2010) for all strategic, technical and complex demands which cannot be finalised within a year. Izimfuno zokuphatha ezibalulekile qeda amaZinga G no-H; kukhuliswa ngo-R10 ngehora emazingeni aphansi kanye no-R5 ngehora emazingeni aphezulu isivumelwano seminyaka emi-3 abaqashi kufanele baxhase usizo lwezokwelapha, izindleko zokunakekelwa kwezingane […]

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20 Years: Numsa 20th Anniversary!

May 1987Launch of Numsa. Moses Mayekiso elected general secretary although still in jail. 1987 Bosses use law to declare engineering strike illegal; 1988 National engineering strike wins May Day and June 16 as paid public holidays 1989 Auto workers stage successful demonstrations and work stoppages to force all auto employers to join the new National […]

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