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Metalworkers Union Numsa Takes Strong Nationalisation Stance

Metal That Will Not BendA recent article in the Mail & Guardian highlighted a policy discussion document delivered by Numsa (National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa) in which it calls for the nationalisation of mines and the South African Reserve Bank.

For more on the history of this influential trade union, consult Kally Forrest’s book Metal That Will Not Bend.

“Mining, banks, telecommunications, transport, food and so on, especially industries and sectors that are very monopolised, must be nationalised as a precondition for resolving the property question in South Africa,” Numsa said in a paper on nationalisation.

“BEE [black economic empowerment] is not capable of resolving the property questions, the ownership question, the power question in the South African economy and society.”

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