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Archive for October, 2009

Cultural revival

Cultural revival Jenny Grice In the mid-1980s, when the oppression of apartheid was at its height, the Metal and Allied Workers Union (Mawu), one of Numsa’s founding unions, became famous for its poets, actors and singers. Dunlop shop stewards and poets Alfred Temba Qabula and Mi Hlatshwayo were top of the speaker list at May […]

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Dear Judy advises

Dear JudyI am working for Element six in Nuffield, Springs. For five years since I have been working there, I have never known what grade I am falling under. Throughout the whole company only about 20% are graded and they are mostly fitters and technicians, none of the operators. Late 2007 we had a meeting […]

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Cosatu Congress Special: What delegates said

What delegates said of the Cosatu congressLucky Malele is a shop steward from Numsa’s Wits Central West region. He believes that in an organisation, organisational resolutions are the key focus. He is disappointed that for three days, congress dealt with only political resolutions.Doris Nqetho Mandlenkosi J Mhlongo is a shop steward at Dendustry in KZN. […]

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Cosatu Congress Special: What speakers said

What they said: Economic downswing – Kgalema MotlantheDeputy president of the country, Kgalema Motlanthe, addressed congress delegates on Day Two.The presidential address was dominated by the current economic situation, the ripple effect it has on the life of the working class, as all sectors of the economy were heavily affected. The president further cited government’s […]

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Cosatu Congress Special: Key debates

The conduct of striking workers John Manana The conduct of affiliate members during the course of industrial action was the burning issue in the congress on day two. An example was made of the Samwu strike where workers trashed rubbish in the streets.Striking workers broke by-laws and interfered with the rights of citizens. Congress emphasized […]

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Cosatu Congress Special: Views from inside

The workers’ parliament opensDoris Nqetho Almost 3000 delegates from different affiliates representing about 2 million members are gathered at Gallagher Estate for Cosatu’s 10th National Congress.Congress’ task is to decide on matters affecting the working class and society at large. On approaching the convention centre, delegates in red and black shirts with red flags flying […]

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Cosatu Congress Special: Paying tribute to Violet Seboni

Violet Seboni – dear mother and the mother of the working class! Nthabiseng Mphirime The Cosatu Congress honoured Violet Seboni, second deputy president of Cosatu, in recognition of her dedication and the contribution she made in the struggle of the working class.Seboni was killed in a car accident in April 2009 when she was on […]

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Cosatu Congress Special: How were unions represented

How were unions represented?Numsa has crept up to second place in Cosatu’s membership stakes, just behind the National Union of Mineworkers (Num). But Sadtu, the teachers’ union is touching Numsa’s heels followed closely by fellow public sector union, Nehawu, the education and health workers union. Members Number of Delegates NUM 272000 363 NUMSA 236909 316 […]

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Cosatu Congress Special: The Cosatu Congress Declaration

COSATU 10th National Congress – Declaration 21-24 September 2009, Johannesburg PreambleWe the delegates, representing more than two million members across the spread of workplaces in South Africa:1. Appreciate the opportunity as the current generation of trade unionists to take forward the vision, aims and objectives of our forbears. We rededicate ourselves to further strengthen COSATU […]

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Cosatu Congress Special: New Cosatu National Office Bearers

Your new Cosatu national office bearers President: Sdumo Dlamini (current NOB – unopposed) 1st Deputy President: James Tyotyo (Num) 2nd Deputy President: Zingiswa Losi (Numsa) Treasurer: Freda Oosthuyzen (Sactwu) General Secretary: Zwelinzima Vavi (re-elected – unopposed) Deputy General Secretary: Bheki Ntshalintshali (re-elected – unopposed) Just who is Zingiswa Losi?Numsa shop steward, Zingiswa Losi, is Cosatu’s […]

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