NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for December, 2007

Legal

Legal victory for workers!Constitutional Court says a commissioner does not have to defer to the employer's decision The Congress of South African Trade Unions is delighted at today’s judgement by the Constitutional Court in the case between Rustenburg Platinum Mines Ltd and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). It is a major victory. […]

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Labour Brokers

Goodyear temporary workers win permanence…Temporary workers strike with permanent workers Temporary workers have a tough life. Most earn less than permanent workers, they can lose their job anytime and they don't enjoy benefits that permanent workers enjoy. But at Goodyear in Port Elizabeth, this has all changed. During the 5 week tyre strike in 2007, […]

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Culture

Using culture to uniteAlthough the apartheid days were dark they sparked a vigorous unity amongst workers, says Yingwani Mashaba. Commenting on discussions at a Ditsela cultural festival earlier this year, he said participants agreed that much could be learnt from the past on how to build unity so as to achieve workers’ goal. The education, […]

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NUMSA Lite

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Policing And Crime

Policing – has it changed after liberation?The ANC Limpopo Conference in December 2007 must address the question of police brutality during demonstrations says Cedric Gina. During the motor and engineering strikes of 2007, hundreds of Numsa members were harassed by Ekurhuleni police. Some were arrested and are out on bail as we speak, all for […]

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Engineering

 Tracking the outstanding issuesWhen the engineering agreement was signed in July 2007, parties agreed to refer a number of outstanding issues to standing committees. Cedric Gina spoke to Thulani Mthiyane who represents Numsa in these committees. What is happening in the standing committees?The first meeting has taken place. It looked at the approach on all […]

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Motor

New motor ratesOn September 1 all motor workers whose employers belong to employers' organisation RMI should have received the increases given below. If your employer does not belong to RMI, you will only get the increase once the government has gazetted the new agreement. If you are a petrol attendant and you have not received […]

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Politics

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Shop Steward Elections

Shop steward elections – Numsa’s power comes from its base!The siren goes, the incumbent shop steward at Rivim Engineering in Wynberg, Jack Mamabolo, calls workers to the meeting. About 20 Numsa members gather in the dark lawnmower making workshop. Piles of sheet metal become temporary benches for some, the rest stand. The giant machines stand […]

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On The Shopfloor

Company provides 'hotel' for its scab labour!Striking workers at plastic pallet manufacturer, Chep, are outraged after their employer pitched a tent inside the company premises and brought in beds for the scab labour. Bread and other food deliveries are also flowing for the 'magundwane'. The strike over wages and conditions of work started in late […]

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