NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for April, 2013

Better retirement benefits from July 2012

Members in the engineering and metal Industries have scored another victory in the engineering sector, as the contribution to pensions will increase from 13.2% to 18%. This will mean a salary replacement value of at least 70% of their last wage before retirement. Vusi Cibane, chairperson of the shop stewards’ committee, said during the surplus […]

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Surplus payout

Ge ke be ke hwetša megala go tšwa go kgaetšedi ya ka le bao ke bego ke šoma le bona, bare di Shop-Steward di kgopela gore re tle offising re tlo tlatša diforomo tša Surplus, go nna e be e le toro ya mosegare feela. Ke be ke sa tsebe gore Surplus ke eng, gona […]

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Motor negotiations

This year is loaded with many organisational activities, including upcoming national bargaining, followed by motor industry negotiations. The motor industry agreement ends on August 31 this year. This triggers a process where workers organised by Numsa in the motor industry are required to formulate new demands. In doing so, there should be an appreciation and […]

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Delivering on the workers’ mandate

It was in 2010 when the motor sector last signed an agreement. The negotiations were quite intense and they were from September 1 to September 16 of that year. The negotiations were assisted by a mediator and a CCMA facilitator. The national office-bearers intervened, as did the Retail Motor Industry organisation, according to Roger Piedt, […]

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Numsa Parliamentary Update: News Briefs

Credit amnesty The department of trade and industry (DTI) believes a second credit amnesty for those who have incurred bad debts of up to R10 000 will help stimulate various sectors of the economy, including the property market. This will permit people who had an unfavourable credit record to access home and micro-loans. The department […]

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Letter from Numsa President, Cedric Gina

Allow me to greet you in this publication of Numsa News. Another challenging year has begun; many of our sectors are negotiating this year and engineering sector agreement is facing enormous attacks from some employer associations and the Free Market Foundation. These want to destroy centralised collective bargaining. We must fight till the last drop […]

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Letters from Numsa members

Dear Numsa News It may sound crazy but it feels like an Oscar! I am referring to the long-service award that I got from my employer – 10 years in the same organisation, Hawker Siddeley Transformers, is indeed a milestone. What is striking is that all these long-service awardees have put in the best of […]

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Message from Numsa General Secretary, Irvin Jim

Numsa General Secretary speaks to the Metalworkers Collective Bargaining 2013 Our attitude to collective bargaining Numsa is very clear that against this background, the working class is on its own. Even under these conditions, we shall not compromise our struggle for a living wage. We formed our union because we could not depend on employers […]

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We will no longer tolerate poverty wages

Cosatu’s 11th National Congress Declaration made it very clear: “Workers, whether in far flung rural areas, or urban slums, say that they are no longer prepared to tolerate poverty wages: Mineworkers, who produce our wealth in the belly of the earth, are earning a tiny fraction of the surplus they produce. Farmworkers, who produce our […]

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Editorial

In this issue we focus on collective bargaining, a process of utmost importance for Numsa. This year the union is bargaining in the motor, auto and tyre sectors and companies where there are house agreements. We are confident that workers will emerge from the national bargaining conference more united and better prepared to confront the […]

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