Cosatu: No decision taken on Numsa

2014-10-24 08:31

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The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa will have to wait another two weeks to find out if it will be expelled from trade union federation Cosatu.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions is holding a three-day special central executive committee meeting in Joburg this week and was expected to vote on its future with the union, but the vote did not happen.

“Cosatu agreed to reconvene the meeting on November 7 to discuss issues still outstanding, including the issue of Numsa,” spokesperson Patrick Craven said yesterday.

“No decision was taken on the status of Numsa in Cosatu. The vote did not happen.”

Craven said Cosatu would release a statement this morning with more details.

Yesterday, SABC television news reported that Numsa was still part of Cosatu.

“Numsa is still part of Cosatu,” Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim told the state broadcaster.

“This central executive committee meeting has just finished and we will convene a proper press conference to communicate what is the Numsa position on what is happening.”

Numsa and Cosatu have been at loggerheads since the trade union federation suspended its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. This was after a woman alleged he had raped her at work. She had not reported it to police and Vavi maintained that they had an affair.

Numsa supported Vavi during his suspension and instituted court proceedings against the trade union federation, insisting that Vavi be reinstated.

Numsa was one of the unions calling for a special Cosatu congress, at which it wanted new leadership elected.

At its special congress in December, the metalworkers’ union decided to not support the ANC during the general elections.

This was despite being an affiliate of Cosatu, which is an alliance partner of the ruling party.

An ANC task team was formed in April to help solve problems within Cosatu.

Just after Vavi returned to work in April, a special central executive committee meeting was held. At this meeting, the task team brokered an agreement between Cosatu, Vavi, and some affiliates.

The ANC task team, led by its deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, presented its interim report to the committee meeting in Joburg on Tuesday.

The report gives a summary of what Cosatu affiliates identified as problems in the union federation.

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