Browsing All posts tagged under »Numsa«

Numsa, political parties & socialism

March 6, 2014

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Despite media claims to the contrary there is no move by the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) to start a political party. What the union plans to organise is a series of “socialist consultative conferences” in the nine provinces of South Africa.

Marikana and the 2014 elections

March 5, 2014

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Most of the public, along with the media, appear stunned that miners on the platinum belt have maintained their strike for nearly two months. They need only to consider the depth of bitterness caused by the bloodbath at Marikana,

Another breach in ANC-led alliance

February 23, 2014

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Another Cosatu union has broken ranks with the ANC-led alliance, but still maintained a toehold "in th absence of any alternative".

SA ‘beacon of hope’ still flickers faintly

October 25, 2013

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The moral high ground bequeathed to Suth Africa and its post-apartheid government by the global struggle against apartheid, has also all but evaporated, but faint hope still remains.

A world of fragmentation, infighting — & hope

September 13, 2013

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The global economic crisis continues, with responses leading to fragmentation, infighting — and expressions of hope. Perhaps as educationalist Michael Rosen says: "It's early days...there are possibilities..."

Democracy needs labour unity

August 23, 2013

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Unless trade unions go back to basics, back to democratic control, to accountable and recallable union leaders the immediate future for South Africa's labour movement and for the country’s fledgling democracy could be bleak.

Economic war in South Africa

June 14, 2013

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The “agrarian transformation”, announced on June 12 by two major SA trade unions extended well beyond farm lands and remote rural areas. It can be summarised by the famous 1992 quote by US President Bill Clinton: “(It’s) the economy, stupid.”

Union move to save SA steel industry

March 3, 2013

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South Africa's metalworkers' union invesment company is making moves to obtain a major stake in the local steel sector as part of a strategy to halt “continuing de-industrialisation” in the coal and iron ore rich country.