Brics: Unions marginalised, says Cosatu

2013-03-26 00:00

SOUTH African trade unions are being excluded from policy- making at the fifth Brics summit being held in Durban.

That was the warning from Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi yesterday.

About 5 000 delegates from five member countries are attending the two-day summit to find common ground on economic issues.

“Our complaint is that we are somehow outside. The business people are inside,” Vavi said.

He made the statement after the Trade Union Forum, which consists of labour federations in the Brics countries, emerged from a two-day discussion of issues facing workers and the political economy.

The forum took place a day before the start of today’s summit between Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

“We have no representation in the summit … We want direct participation. We want representation and we are prepared to enter into discussions with leaders of the Brics.

“We want to be inside. Workers can’t be excluded from such an important institution when business is allowed,” Vavi said.

The Trade Union Forum said Brics should ensure full participation of the working class in all its institutions.

“Only in that way will Brics be different from existing multilateral institutions,” its declaration read.

As part of its resolutions, the forum “cautiously welcomed” speculation that the summit would announce the creation of a Brics development bank.

“We strongly believe that this bank should take a different form from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. It should primarily be developmental in character,” read the declaration.

“They can’t adopt the business-as-usual approach of the World Bank.

“There must be a break in what the Brics bank stands for and what those institutions stand for,” Vavi said, adding that unions must have representation in the highest decision-making body of the proposed bank.

• mayibongwe.maqhina@

witness.co.za

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.