About 3 000 delegates will be having a workers summit on April 30 in order to discuss ways of launching South Africa’s new trade union. According to the workers summit convener, Zwelinzima Vavi, the 3 000 delegates, representing more than 40 trade unions will sit and adopt a resolution to launch the new trade union federation in the next three to four months.
Zwelinzima Vavi, who spoke to reporters in Johannesburg said, “We hope that the workers’ summit will adopt a resolution to launch a new federation in the next three to four months and declare that all the unions present forthwith constitute a new, independent, militant and campaigning federation and elect an interim leadership.
Meanwhile, unions backing the much-anticipated new federation posit that its launch will take place on May 1 in Tembisa as planned.
Speaking further, Vavi added that, “Work will begin on the new principles, constitution, the logo, colours, etc, if the majority decides to pass the resolution calling for the establishment of the new federation.”
Vavi, who was Congress of SA Trade Union (COSATU) former secretary general was expelled in March 2015. He however asserted that building up the new trade union will be so tasking as it would need their full attention in the next few years because the complexity of its formation.
“We are under no illusions. We know that building a new independent trade union federation will require our full attention for the next few years at least. It must be remembered that it took four long years to establish Cosatu, and therefore we are beginning to put in place the building blocks of a trade union federation,” he said.
The new trade union formation was proposed after the National Union of Metalworkers of SA was expelled from COSATU in November 2014.
Objectives Of The New Trade Union
Meanwhile, the new federation hopes to focus on attracting the 7.4 million unorganised workers in the formal sector by developing what they describe as genuine alternatives where government is seen to be failing, and be a “shining example of democratic worker control” which would be good news for workers.
Commenting on the state of affairs in the country, Vavi asserted that while the leadership of our country spend time and energy running from court to court and refuting decisions of the Constitutional court, in quelling dissent within their own ranks, the country slides even further toward junk status.