South Africa 10.11.2014 03:00 pm

Cosatu affiliates demand special congress

FILE PICTURE: Numsa's Irvin Jim. Picture-Neil McCartney

FILE PICTURE: Numsa's Irvin Jim. Picture-Neil McCartney

Seven Cosatu affiliates demanding a special congress to elect new leaders have described the expulsion of the National Union of Metalworkers Union of SA (Numsa) as “sad”and “shameful”.

Numsa’s dismissal in the early hours of Saturday stemmed from the union’s decision not to support the ANC in the general elections this year, which went against Cosatu’s constitution and for, among other reasons, poaching members from other unions.

The Food and Allied Workers’ Union, the Communication Workers’ Union‚ the Democratic Nurses’ Union of South Africa‚ the Public and Allied Workers’ Union of South Africa‚ the South African Commercial and Catering Workers’ Union‚ South African Football Players’ Union‚ and South African State and Allied Workers Union said today that Numsa had been unfairly treated by the Cosatu leadership.


 

Unions support Numsa, but won’t follow blindly

 

FILE PIC. Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim. Picture: Alaister Russell

FILE PIC. Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim. Picture: Alaister Russell


 

“They have been denied the most basic rules of fairness and justice, and have had to defend themselves against a series of arbitrary accusations for which no evidence is provided of wrong doing,” the unions said.

“They have been picked out and victimised when many other unions have taken similar positions and nothing has happened.”

The unions said they had suspended their participation and co-operation in Cosatu board room or “palace politics” with immediate effect.

They also said that without credible Cosatu leadership, the ANC government could disregard their demands to ban labour brokers and to place moratoriums on e-tolls or the youth subsidy.

 

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