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Archive for February, 2008

Assmang blast kills four on the eve of an enquiry into a debilitating manganese disease

One of the country’s most high risk ferrometal producer Assmang is caught again in a fatal blast which killed four metalworkers in Cato Ridge, Pietermaritzburg. Assmang management was forced to shut down operations yesterday (Sunday) after furnace number 6 exploded at 4:30 in the Sunday morning, leaving four workers dead in an inferno of fire. […]

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Numsa enraged by rumoured leadership battles

Numsa national executive committee yesterday dismissed media reports on political wrangles over leadership positions. It is indeed one of the “most vicious and divisive media campaigns which sought to sow seeds of discontent” within the organization. And his followed after Eastern Cape regional secretary Irvim Jim was touted to be contesting the position of the […]

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Government disband resource centres for improvement of workers’ occupational disease compensation

Overzealous Labour Department chiefs are tearing down progressive labour resource centres which have been fast-tracking the workers’ occupational disease and injury claims in the provinces. National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) leadership, together with other stakeholders, including leading universities and occupational health experts view the decision by the department as abhorrent, grossly short-sighted […]

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Occupational diseases and injuries in iron and steel soars but no statistics released for a decade.

The country’s iron and steel sectors are condemned as the highest risk industries in occupational health and safety, but no statistical reports have been released for the past 10 years. Overall rate of occupational diseases, accident frequencies, severity and extent of permanent or temporary disablement in the workplace through neglect, have not been effectively monitored […]

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CBI basks in Lesotho sunshine as Qwaqwa retrenchees starve and fritter away

Electrical distribution components manufacturer CBI (Circuit Breaker Industries) is taking it easy in Lesotho, exploiting cheap labour after laying-off 750 metalworkers in Free State. It lastly winded down its factory operations and relocated in the mountain kingdom once it secured ministerial wage determination to pay employees in the neighbouring enclave only R150 a week in […]

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Assmang subverts sick workers’ compensation claim

Cato Ridge-based manganese company Assmang, has dismissed in a major u-turn claims that its employees were dying of manganese- related diseases. It further ordered that workers reported to be affected by manganism should be tested through its “specialized screening processes” because it learnt that the symptoms could be attributed to a number of possible diseases […]

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Numsa stake out claims in the smart industry retirement funds

It’s back to reality for metalworkers’ union as it swaps risky money spinning with lucrative R200 billion industry-wide pension investment funds for its members in the major steel, engineering, auto and motor retail industries. The National Union of Metalworkers of SA(Numsa), in a last-minute bid to save 50 percent of metalworkers’ monthly pension contributions which […]

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Numsa hails the R1, 5 billion investment by Ford

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is extremely cheerful about the massive R1, 5 billion global export programme launched by Ford Motor Company today (Wednesday). As part of reciprocating the support initiatives and commitment by Ford to boost growth in the motor manufacturing and global competitive auto industry, Numsa has thrown its […]

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Numsa mourns the death of its long time stalwart

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is saddened with profound sense of loss at the passing away of one of its founder leader and former Cosatu President John Phumzile Gomomo. He died yesterday at a Uitenhage clinic on January 22, 2008 after long illness. Gomomo, the struggle champion and defender of workers’ […]

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Load shedding crisis necessitate all round meetings

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is gravely concerned about the countrywide electricity crisis which has resulted to awful load shedding. Numsa is calling upon Eskom’s top management to meet with the organised unions involved as a matter of urgency and to reflect on challenges and possible solutions to the energy predicament. […]

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