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Archive for July, 2008

WTO role is edged closer to irrelevancy – warns metalworkers’ giant

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) believes that the WTO’s role in concluding trade agreement is tipped into triviality. Following last night’s (Tuesday) collapse of trade talks in Geneva which threatened stability in global economy and undermined future competitiveness of the developing countries, and questions also emerged about the continued significance of […]

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Interview

Moving up the ranks – from general worker to regional secretary  Sizwe Dlamini, hard at work at his RS desk. Cedric Gina Attend Numsa's National Executive Committee or Central Committee and you will see some new faces representing their regions. Since the elections early this year, three regions have elected 'brand new' regional secretaries – […]

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Legal

Backpay for locked out workersBooysen Mashego Our members at M and P Bodies went out on an unprotected strike action on August 2 2007 in support of a fellow employee who had been dismissed by the employer. The employer immediately locked out the individual employees and issued a lock-out notice. The employees tendered their services […]

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Strikes

Workers strike over worsening working conditionsStriking workers employed by a labour broker at Hendler and Hart are not young. Many are women and the majority have been working at the factory for more than six years, some even 15 years. Some used to be permanent workers until they were retrenched several years ago. Instead of […]

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Numsa Northern Cape under investigation

Numsa Northern Cape under investigation by commissionThe last Numsa Central Committee (CC) in July was not a happy meeting for Numsa's Northern Cape region. Questions were asked of all their delegates – just who were they representing?  The Commissioners – from left to right: Zanoxolo Wayile, Reuben Nkontwana, Thabang Tsiboli and Motsamai Ponya Accusations and […]

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Engineering Wage Rates

Engineering Main Agreement Wage RatesFor the period 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009 1. General Wage Increases Rate Current Minimum Wage Rate R c Increase on Actuals and Scheduled Wage Rates Increase on Scheduled Wage Rates R c New Minimum Wage Rates R c A 35.25 10.4% 3.67 38.92 AA(6) 33.36 10.4% 3.47 36.83 […]

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NUMSA Lite

"Passionate about the challenges facing workers" Sharon McKinnon was once a Numsa shop steward. She is now a video producer for the labour show on new community TV station, Cape TV. Shahida Meniers finds out how she got there. How did you become involved in media covering workers issues.Numsa nominated me in 2004 to be […]

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Dear Judy

Dear Judy"We are starving!"At our company they are still using the old grading system. This is causing a problem towards us as employees in the sense that there is no grading system for supervisors as such.It leaves supervisors with no choice but to move over to staff to be graded according to the Patterson system. […]

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Tips For Members

How to use your provident fund as collateral to get a loan for a new house or for additions to your house Most Numsa members belong to either the Metal Industries Pension/Provident Funds or the Motor Industries Pension/Provident Funds. If you are buying a new house or if you want to make alterations or additions […]

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Health and Safety

The fixation on growth compromises people's healthThis country is focusing on the growth of the economy at the expense of people's health and the land's health, says sociologist Jackie Cock. Writing in the June 2008 edition of the South African Labour Bulletin, Cock says that smallholders who live in Steel Valley around Arcelor Mittal (once […]

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