NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for May, 2008

Anguished union leaders’ tribute to a shop steward killed in xenophobic attacks

Exceptionally gifted shop steward of the metalworkers’ giant union has been killed by prowling mobs- the latest victim of ongoing xenophobic violence against foreign nationals- throughout the country. Walter Ntombela, a Mozambiquean national who has been a shop steward for the past 10 years, was killed in his shack at the squalid Madelakufa Squatter camp, […]

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A landmark wage agreement signed with giant steel producer

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and world’s largest steel producer Arcelo Mittal have concluded an across- the- board 12 percent wage increase settlement.  It is a historic agreement for it has established provisions to address among others, the critical shortage of skilled artisans by ensuring additional improvements on benefits, development and […]

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Hatred of African aliens and third force activities have rocked residential areas and workplaces

The hatred of black foreigners and alleged third- force operations have hit most parts of Gauteng at the weekend like a powerful aftershock that plunged South Africa into a catastrophic xenophobic violence. And the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) general secretary Silumko Nondwangu has called on the union’s local and regional structures […]

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Metalworkers dig out millions of cash stacks in liquidated firm

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has scooped out millions of hard cash for repayment of retrenched workers in a long-drawn-out liquidation battle.  Almost 500 employees of liquidated ATS Alloy Wheels South Africa stand to get more than R21 million after a protracted dispute over the application for execution of winding up […]

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Loadshedding

I don't know if I'll survive this retrenchment called 'load-shedding'!Cedric Gina The memories of the first and second retrenchment at Bayside are still fresh for Petros Mnikathi and about 200 other Numsa members. Mnikathi started working at Bayside in 1974. He was a young man at the time. He knows no other work, except to […]

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Dear Judy

Dear Judy While Judy Madumo is studying, your letters will be answered by a threesome but we will still call it the Dear Judy page! Nthabiseng Mphirime, Zwiitaho Raidani and Jenny Grice will try and help you solve your problems, so please keep those letters coming. Nthabiseng is a local administrator in the Johannesburg North […]

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Finances

 Are your debts ruining your life?You are not alone, a debt counsellor could help!Jenny Grice Prices are sky-rocketing but wages are staying the same. More and more people are finding it hard to pay their debts at the end of the month.Sometimes the simplest solution seems to be to get another loan, but this is […]

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Poetry & NUMSA Lite

Unsung prolific writer sticks to his mother tongueYingwani Mashaba For years Hlengani William Mthombeni has been producing volumes and volumes of literary works – only a few of them have been published.Mthombeni, whose love of Shakespeare earned him the name 'Julius Caesar' amongst the Mtititi community, is an avid reader too."Reading and writing is more […]

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Industry Policy

Engineering sector summit agreement signedThis marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of another…. Since the first Presidential Jobs Summit in 1998, Numsa has been actively involved in developing ideas on how the metals and engineering sector can be grown. It first produced its own studies of the sector but over the last […]

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Power

Load-shedding – what are your rights?Bayside workers in Richards Bay have been asked to pay the ultimate sacrifice for Eskom and government's delay in building new energy generating capacity – they have lost their jobs. However, many Numsa members across the country are also sacrificing – they are losing pay or being put on short-time […]

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