South Africa 24.4.2015 07:00 am

Numsa will fight the ANC in poll

FILE PICTURE: National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa's (Numsa's) president Andrew Chirwa. Picture: Alaister Russell

FILE PICTURE: National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa's (Numsa's) president Andrew Chirwa. Picture: Alaister Russell

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) yesterday gave a clear indication it would fight the ANC in next year’s local government elections.

Numsa boss Irvin Jim said that in the 2016 municipal elections the union’s United Front would support individual working class leaders at strategic municipalities who are fighting against neo-liberal agendas.

This was decided at the union’s four-day central committee meeting.

“The central committee has resolved there is no turning back,” said Jim. “We are forging ahead to crystalise the political organ.”

The union would support candidates who would champion the struggles of the working class.

He said it was very clear that without a political organ committed to socialism the working class was vulnerable.

But asked whether Numsa’s United Front would contest elections, he said: “That question is premature.”

The United Front will be launched in June.

 

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