NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for October, 2008

Eskom risk a wave of strike protests over outsourcing training colleges

Eskom risked a groundswell of raucous protests if the energy utility continued outsourcing workers’ skills training colleges. At least 300 Eskom college workers reportedly transferred forcefully to the outsourced educational development unit are also facing the wearing down of their hard-fought benefits conditions of employment. And, unless the government intervened with genuine intention of resolving […]

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NUMSA 8th National Congress (Sedibeng)

Political Resolutions adopted at NUMSA 8TH NATIONAL CONGRESS 13-16 October 2008 Sedibeng

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No. 5, September 2008

From October 13 to 16 2008, close to 850 delegates representing the nine regions of Numsa elected from locals, and 200 local and international guests from our allies, trade unionists from the African continent, Europe, North and South America, parts of Asia will embrace our 8th Congress at the Parliament of Metalworkers in Sedibeng. Source […]

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No.4, August 2008 News

From October 13 to 16 2008, close to 1200 local delegates representing our nine regions will gather at the Emerald Casino Resort in Sedibeng to shape the future direction of metalworkers for the next four years. We are honoured that Numsa Sedibeng will be hosting a Numsa National Congress for the first time.

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Women

WOMENImbokodo…Ayanda Billie Ayanda Billie talks to a Volkswagen SA Numsa shop steward, Thumeka Jack, in Uitenhage about herself and her involvement in the struggle of workers. Who is Thumeka Jack and what is your role in Numsa at VWSA?Tumie is a talkative woman born in rural Ciskei. In my teens I came to Port Elizabeth […]

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Legal

Worker control on the trainsWhen Cosatu called a nationwide strike in August, train drivers heeded the call as well. So when workers gathered at Elandsfontein station to go to Pretoria they found driver-less trains! Peter Thobejane reports on how Numsa shop steward Sipho Meshack Ndaba saved the day.We negotiated with the manager to give us […]

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Briefs

Mpontshi David Modimoeng1953 – 2008As Numsa News went to print Mpontshi David Modimoeng, Hlanganani regional organiser, had just passed away after a short illness. He had worked for Numsa for 25 years at the time he died. He was the first organiser of the Metal and Allied Workers Union (Mawu) in the Pretoria region together […]

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Auto and Motor

MIDP gets Cabinet thumbs up!Woody Aroun On September 3 2008 the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) released the long awaited Motor Industries Development Programme (MIDP) as part of its National Industrial Policy Framework (NIPF) and 2007/8 Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP). Following Cabinet’s approval of the new MIDP, Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa of DTI is […]

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Motor

New motor rates From September 1 2008 all motor workers (except for petrol attendants) should have received their new increases as per the tables below. The only workers that will not receive these increases from September are:* petrol attendants AND* those whose employers have applied for an exemption from paying the new rates. Petrol attendantsIn […]

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Engineering

Engineering outstanding issues – time for you to give your mandate!Jenny Grice and Thulani Mthiyane Last year when it was time to sign the new Agreement, a number of issues were unresolved. They were sent to sub-committees to resolve. Below we give you an update on these issues.We detail trade unions' initial demands and explain […]

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