Author: Irvin Jim

Irvin Jim is General Secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa).

  • New Era in War on Workers: The Ramaphosa Presidency in South Africa

    The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) views the appointment of Cyril Ramaphosa to the position of President of the Republic of South Africa, as a new era in the war against workers and the working class majority in the country. Keep reading »

  • NUMSA Statement on its 10th National Congress

    South Africa’s biggest trade union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, held its 10th National Congress from 12-15 December 2016 in Cape Town. This statement was written on 7 December. 1. This ‘Workers’ Parliament’ could not be meeting at a more critical time for the world working class in general and the South … Keep reading »

  • South African Workers Mobilize to Challenge Neoliberal Policies

    The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) Special National Congress in December 2013 resolved: “There is no chance of winning back the Alliance to what it was originally formed for, which was to drive a revolutionary programme for fundamental transformation of the country, with the Freedom Charter as the minimum platform to transform … Keep reading »

  • New Working Class Leadership and the Prospects for Socialist Politics in South Africa

    The dramatic upsurge of popular grass-roots protest in South Africa’s townships and rural areas in recent years has been well-termed as marking a virtual “rebellion of the poor” in that country. The working-class itself has also been assertive there, prompting the ANC-led state’s orchestration of an horrific massacre of dissident mine-workers at Marikana in 2012. … Watch video »

  • “Manifestos and Reality”

    A Presentation to the Cape Town Press Club by NUMSA General Secretary I speak to you today with a powerful and united mandate from 341,150 metalworkers. They made their views extremely clear in our workers’ parliament in December last year – the parliament we called the NUMSA Special National Congress. In that parliament there was vigorous … Keep reading »