Congress of South Africa Trade Union (COSATU) has been enjoined to hop over to South Africa’s newest rival federation, National Union Of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA). The long-awaited workers’ new federation was recently launched and stands in divergent lines with ANC’s partner federation, COSATU.
Speaking during its Worker’s Day celebration at Mehlareng Stadium in Tembisa, on the East Rand on Sunday, NUMSA General Secretary, Irvin Jim, called on members of COSATU to “quickly get out” and join their new labour federation.
“We are building a new federation. The first priority we are targeting is 70% of workers who are not organised. Those workers must leave COSATU in droves. Why must they have some sister who is president who has no clue what is the state of South African economy?”
Moving on, the rival federation’s scribe asserted that workers are still being exploited under the COSATU. Jim added that “Numsa and many other unions here agreed that the path and vision that we championed is the right one. Some of them did not join the ‘sweetheart’ federation called Cosatu that is busy confusing workers next door.”
Expulsion Of NUMSA From COSATU
Numsa was expelled from the South African federation in November 2014 for refusing to support the ANC during elections that year. However, earlier this year, Numsa indicated it would through its civil society organ, the United Front, support independent candidates who would be taking part in this year’s local government elections.
In addition, new federation on May 1 stated that it will meet government to defend workers’ rights and promised workers it would work tirelessly to defend its members. Meanwhile, Numsa has their workers day rally at Mehlareng Stadium in Tembisa, on the East Rand, while Cosatu had its own May Day rally in Tshwane, where President Jacob Zuma was main speaker.