"The development of a bargaining strategy lies solely with Numsa and its members," Silumko Nondwangu, Numsa's general secretary told Numsa's sector co-ordinators and regional representatives at a workshop to prepare for this year's bargaining round.
Numsa is a union that "is not fixated to narrow bargaining issues," he told delegates. He pleaded with participants to remember famous revolutionary, Amilcar Cabral's words when he said: "people are not fighting for ideas or for the things in anyone's head. They are fighting to win material benefits, to live better and in peace, to see their lives go forward, to guarantee the future of their children ……'
Having your say:That is why from now until the end of March, we want you, the member, to say what you want from employers this year. (See page ?? for more details).
Regions to gather your demands:Regions must then finalise all your demands at the beginning of April at their Regional Congresses. A regional shop steward council for Eskom shop stewards will also be held during this time. Find out more from your full-time Eskom shop stewards.
NBC 23-25 April:Regional representatives will motivate their demands at a Numsa National Bargaining Conference (NBC) from April 23 to 25.
From April/May:Bargaining will start. (The next Numsa News will include bargaining dates).
Only engineering, motor and Eskom will negotiate this year. Auto and tyre and rubber will negotiate next year. They have a three year agreement.