Registrar gives Cosatu union 60 days

2014-08-03 15:00

The Chemical, Energy, Paper, ­Printing, Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu) is being ­threatened with deregistration after failing to submit financial records or hold meetings.

Registrar of labour relations ­Johannes Crouse on Friday ­published a public notice in the Government Gazette giving the ­union and others 60 days to argue against the deregistration.

Ceppwawu, like all registered ­unions, is obliged to submit its ­financial records to the registrar and hold regular meetings of its ­national executive committee.

The union has done neither, which is particularly worrying ­because Ceppwawu has a history of claims related to the mismanagement of funds.

According to Crouse, the hope is that the union will fix the problems – or that its branches will act on the notice and “remove the people not doing their work” in order to stop the deregistration.

Ceppwawu, an affiliate of Cosatu, tried to purge its top leaders, ­including general secretary Simon Mofokeng, earlier this year.

Among other things, Mofokeng’s wife owned a BEE partner to Sasol, creating a serious conflict of interest as Mofokeng represents Sasol ­workers.

According to the available, but two-year-old, secretariat report of Cosatu from 2012, Ceppwawu has 80?000 members.

Ceppwawu did not respond to questions.

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