Warren Mabona
2 minute read
8 Jun 2015
6:04 pm

Numsa goes to court for reinstatement to Cosatu

Warren Mabona

Metalworkers union Numsa is waging a legal battle to be allowed to participation in the upcoming special congress of Cosatu, and to ultimately be reinstated to the union federation.

FILE PICTURE: National Union of Metal Workers in South Africa (NUMSA) secretary general Irvin Jim addresses members in Durban, 1 July 2014, during a nation wide strike. Picture: Phumlani Thabethe

But the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) maintained it would still not back the ANC in the 2016 local government elections.

The union has filed an application which is expected to be heard in the South Gauteng High Court tomorrow (Tue). It hopes the special elective congress, to be held next month, would repeal its expulsion from Cosatu. The union enjoys the support of seven other disgruntled Cosatu unions in the legal battle.

Cosatu expelled Numsa in November last year after it, among other things, refused to support the ANC in the May general elections. Numsa’s decision not to back the ANC cost the ruling party about R2 million worth of voter support.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said today (Mon) his union was particularly irked by the e-tolls and golden handshakes the government gives to some high-ranking employees when they resign.

“We are certain we will once more emerge victorious from court,” said Jim. He was speaking at a media briefing in Newtown in Johannesburg.

“The correct union policy position is that we shall not take union money and support the ANC. We did not do that in last year’s elections. The ANC is failing us. The e-tolls and handshakes that are given to CEOs… and someone has been given R17 million.”

Jim said Numsa’s anticipated victory would bolster ousted Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi’s chances of “stating his case at the congress.”

Cosatu expelled Vavi in March following public mudslinging between him at the leadership of the federation over allegations of financial mismanagement levelled against him.

Cosatu’s acting spokesperson Norman Mampane said: “Cosatu has instructed its attorneys to file its views on the matter.”

The other unions supporting Numsa include the South African Football Players Union (SAFPU), Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) and the Communication Workers Union (CWU).

warren@citizen.co.za