NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for November, 2007

Amputated foundry worker stage heroic fight for compensation

Zanewonga John Tekana’s awkward situation completely typifies efforts by more than 250 000 workers injured on duty, who became locked into poverty trap after queuing in vain for many years in their quest for just compensation. His erroneous assessment for temporary disablement by Labour Department’s officials after his arm was permanently cut off, is a […]

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Unscrupulous Chinese factory sued for arrear wages and pension payments

It was never going to be easy stopping a Free State, Thabanchu-based Chinese-owned sweatshop cashing in on vulnerable and exploited metalworkers. It took almost five years claiming about R600 000 arrear payments on behalf of 100 dismissed metalworkers who were owed in arrear wages, pension, unemployment insurance, provident fund and other levies. The payments for […]

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Tribute to sociologist Harold Wolpe’s life and monumental work

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) general secretary Silumko Nondwangu will tomorrow (Wednesday) give a public lecture on whether trade unions can lead the struggle for socialism.  Nondwangu, in paying tribute to former ANC and SACP exiled leader and key figure Harold Wolpe, who advocated struggles for more open democratic political discourse […]

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Numsa salutes training of labour safety and health reps

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa has greeted with elation the offer to train health and safety shop stewards by the Department of Labour. It (the training) will go a long way in addressing the worst neglect exposed in the occupational health and safety within the iron and steel manufacturing industries. The department […]

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Bell’s BBEE plan is on the verge of abyss

Broad-based black economic empowerment scheme unveiled by the country’s heavy duty equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment is tipped on the verge of an abyss. The metalworkers’ union giant, National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), excluded from the initial discussion on the scheme has heaped pressure on Bell management to go back on the drawing […]

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BHP loath to pay black engineer’s programme

When metallurgical engineering graduate Bongani Ngobese enlisted for two-year experiential people’s skills development programme at Hillside Aluminium plant, it never occurred to him that the contract would be unilaterally changed soon for any reason. Although the management proposed to adjust the salaries of graduate trainees with the latest option to pay back R320 000 if […]

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