Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)’s president S’dumo Dlamini has on Tuesday, lashed out at the proposed formation of a new federation by its former general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi
Few days back, Cosatu’s general secretary Vavi alongside the National Union of Mine Workers SA general secretary Irvin Jim‚ summoned a May Day celebration summit at the Mehlareng Stadium in Tembisa where talks of forming a new trade union federation to rival Cosatu was affirmed.
But on Tuesday, the union’s president Dlamini said the proposed plans is far from the truth.
“…We have said the issue of the formation of a new federation… there is no new federation‚ there is none. People who are championing that [new labour federation] have told you blatantly‚ even over this weekend‚ that they hope by the end of the year‚ they may see a formation of a new federation‚” he said
The union’s president Dlamini in a post May Day press briefing in Johannesburg, also indirectly attacked Vavi saying: “You don’t form an organisation because you are angry with your former organisation‚ you will create a movement of angry people.”
When asked if Cosatu was worried about losing members to the soon the proposed labour federation, Dlamini said the union would still stand even if members are few.
: “We do not undermine any attempt to want to weaken the unity of the workers in South Africa. No matter how few those who are behind that may be‚ we do not undermine that‚ we are watching that space very very closely”.
More to this, Cosatu’s president said the union would table before the National Economic Development and Labour Council the decision by the country’s four major banks to terminate banking services with companies owned by the politically connected Gupta family.
The Guptas who have been blamed for the alleged state capture, are currently being investigated by the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela after Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane lodged an official complaint in March about alleged “state capture”
More than 300 000 of Cosatu’s members were reported to have joined in the Worker’s Day activities across SA‚ with the federation now planning to expand its recruitment campaign which will be linked with campaigns against labour broking and outsourcing.
According to Bheki Ntshalintshali‚ Cosatu’s general secretary, workers made it clear that they wanted a job summit to discuss the ongoing retrenchments and the elimination of corruption in the federation.
Dlamini said the federation was awaiting a date to meet President Jacob Zuma after expressing concern that organised labour should have been included in previous high-level meetings between the business sector and the executive.