Cosatu backs ANC leaders

2010-09-17 13:42

The Congress of SA Trade Unions today affirmed its support for the ANC leadership.

“Cosatu still stands firm in support of the collective leadership that was elected at the Polokwane conference of the ANC,” Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini said at a Gauteng shop stewards’ council in Johannesburg.

Dlamini said the ANC’s upcoming national general council should not be about leadership contests. Its task was rather to review the work done by the ruling alliance and decide how to proceed.

“We are saying that the NGC is not about leadership. We are going to this NGC with our eyes very clear on what are the tasks.”

Cosatu however warned it expected ANC leaders to implement decisions taken at the ANC’s national conference in Polokwane.

“The correct way to look at this NGC is to say what is the programme going forward.”

Speaking at a packed Wembley indoor stadium, Dlamini again warned of the dangers of “tenderpreneurship” and fears the country would descend into a “predatory state”.

He said those who claimed to be able to influence the choice of people for powerful positions were creating a situation where leaders feared to speak out, because they were worried about their careers.

On the recent public servants’ strike Dlamini said the federation’s leaders would never “sell out” its workers.

Some Cosatu affiliates had made accusations the organisation was betraying its members.

Cosatu was also criticised by the ANC, who said it should not have been involved directly in wage negotiations.

“The leadership of Cosatu will never sell you out. There’s no such thing as ‘the leadership decides’. The decision on wage settlements is yours,” Dlamini said.

The shop stewards’ council was aimed mainly at preparing for Cosatu’s upcoming 25th anniversary celebrations, which are scheduled to take place in Johannesburg in December.

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