NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for December, 2007

No. 17, December 2007 Bulletin

“In 2002, I thought I had President Mwai Kibaki figured out. He was the ideal candidate, the man who would play Moses to our Israelites and lead us to Canaan after decades of distorted politics in which the leader invariably morphed into a small god.

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CBI send 750 employees packing after closing down

With eyes peeled on exploiting cheap labour in Lesotho, Free State-based manufacturer of electrical distribution components CBI (Circuit Breaker Industries) is all trussed up to lay- off 750 metalworkers before Christmas.  It finally decided to turn its back and put its factory machinery in a new plant somewhere in the mountain kingdom, where company management […]

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Metalworkers’ giant union lashes out at EU-EPA trade deal

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has sharply chastised bilateral trade pact between the European Union (EU) and the Southern African Development Community states. We have to be outspoken about our attack because the EU concept of economic partnership agreements with some SADC states is “counterproductive and dangerous” for it has employment […]

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Christmas prices soar extraordinarily high because of interest rates

Families buying for festive season face spending more by 50% than last year because of increased prime rates. Outstandingly higher wage increases and better conditions of employment negotiated this year for metalworkers predominantly in the manufacturing industries saw Reserve Bank Monetary Policy Committee grind down those gains. National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) […]

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Letters

Dear Numsa NewsGreetings!First of all we still live a hard life (no civilisation). There are no jobs or job opportunities, we suffer in poverty. Our government keeps saying we must work without getting paid. It is not easy to volunteer knowing very well that there is no food at home but you are working. You […]

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Poetry

Poetry Toys lie idleYingwani Mashaba Library staff shortages and lack of educator commitment are depriving children of their educational development rights. When the North West provincial library and information services introduced toy library services around the province for children’s use, it had hoped the service would be fast-tracked but this was never to be!“Due to […]

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Health And Safety

Manganese poisoning sufferers face agonising wait for compensationBy Mziwakhe Hlangani Brian Anderson, Thando Mbanjwa and many other manganese poisoning victims from Assmang, a factory in Cato Ridge near Pietermaritzbrg, may have to wait for two or more years to receive fair compensation. The poisoning, a result of exposure to high quantities of toxic manganese dust, […]

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Environment

Companies a threat to workers and the communityMziwakhe Hlangani Manganese company, Assmang is just one company that is endangering its workers and the surrounding community. But there are more. Numsa is gravely concerned that up to a million residents in the Vaal and more than 4000 workers in the Vereeniging-based Mittal steel plant may be […]

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