MOSES MAYEKISO IS GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE NATIONAL UNION OF METALWORKERS OF SOUTH AFRICA (NUMSA).

by Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid
Forest Park, Illinois, United States
Undated, about March 1993
2 pages
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The document says NUMSA is the largest union in South Africa, and affiliated with COSATU {Congress of South African Trade Unions). The document says it represents workers in all the metal trades, {what would be in the U.S. the UAW, USWA, IAM and other metal unions) and at companies such as: Ford, Caterpillar, Toyota, GM (Delta, in South Africa), Maremont/Gabriel Shock Absorbers, and many more. The document says NUMSA has won significant wage and benefit increases for its members. It has been one of the strongest, best organized and most militant voices against apartheid South Africa; and, NUMSA is a leader in fighting for workers rights and union rights in the constitution for a new South Africa. The document says Moses is also the president of the Alexandra Civic Organization and South African Network of Civic Organizations (SANCO), under whose auspices his U.S. trip is sponsored; SANCO is a coalition of 700 grassroots civic (community) organizations throughout South Africa. The document says the civics (as they are called in South Africa) are alternative structures to the apartheid government; they organize to provide basic public services to residents of black townships, urban communities and rural areas, services denied them by the apartheid regime. The document says Alexandra Township and Chicago have developed special ties through the Sister Community Project, which was begun shortly after Moses' trial was over in 1989; the Chicago/Alexandra Sister Community Project is Moses' host in Chicago. The document discusses NUMSA (National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa), UAW (United Auto Workers), USWA (United Steelworkers of America), IAM (International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers), GM (General Motors), and the Alexandra Civic Organization (ACO).
Used by permission of a former member of the Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers