Zingiswa Losi took a swipe at the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), saying those who do not want to adhere to the labour federation rules and principles must leave.
He accused the union of deliberately distancing itself from the ANC-led alliance summit.
“Can the alliance as an instrument of struggle be effective if Cosatu or the SACP or the ANC is weak,” Losi asked in a hard-hitting speech to the three-day National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) central executive committee meeting in Boksburg, Ekhuruleni.
“When we go public and shout that Cosatu (Congress of SA Trade Unions) is in paralysis, who is paralysing it?
“I want to argue that when we say so we are also at the same time saying Cosatu, or the SACP or the ANC, are non-functional.
“All Cosatu affiliates are bound by its constitution and should adhere to the federation’s rules and principles,”
“Once you affiliate to Cosatu, that constitution binds you,” she said. “There is no willy-nilly telling us about your own autonomy above the Cosatu constitution.”
She said Cosatu would remain in the ANC and SACP tripartite alliance.
“Unless decided otherwise at an ordinary congress, and not a special congress, Cosatu will remain within the alliance,” she told delegates.
Numsa and seven other affiliates had called for a special Cosatu congress.
Meanwhile, an ANC-led task team appointed to resolve the problems within Cosatu is expected to meet today.
The ANC task team is trying to find a way to prevent the trade union federation from expelling Numsa.
Earlier, Numsa acting president Thamsanqa Matosa said Numsa was willing to give the ANC intervention process the necessary time to resolve the challenges faced by the federation.