KZN Cosatu confirms support for national leadership

2013-09-30 00:00

THE Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) in KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend threw its weight behind the labour federation’s national leadership.

“The federation is faced with its own internal challenges and as the provincial executive committee (PEC), we will continue to be guided by its national decisions,” provincial secretary Zet Luzipo said on Saturday.

Luzipo made the statements after the KZN Cosatu held its PEC meeting last week.

This happened at a time when some affiliates want the national leadership of Cosatu to hold a special congress after general secretary Zwelimzima Vavi was suspended, but Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini has yet to decide on convening the congress.

At the weekend it was reported that Numsa, an ally of Vavi, has given Dlamini an ultimatum to convene the special congress, and that Cosatu deputy president Zingiswa Losi, its deployee, was suspended by Numsa in Port Elizabeth.

A few weeks ago Sadtu president Thobile Ntola was suspended in connection with a meeting Vavi addressed in the Eastern Cape.

Luzipo said the KZN Cosatu recognised its primary role as being the implementing arm of the federation and respected that Cosatu was a federation of trade unions.

“All that relates to our current situation is beyond our scope as a province, but most importantly respects and recognises national directives,” he said.

Luzipo also said Cosatu would campaign for the ANC in the upcoming general elections in line with a decision taken at Cosatu’s national congress last year. “The ANC, with all its limitations, remains the political home for workers and a genuine force for change.

“As we have started already participating in its election structures, we will be intensifying the campaign in the months to come,” he said.

Luzipo also said they welcomed the election of Senzo Mchunu as the new KZN premier.

“We are looking forward to working with him in addressing the challenges facing the working class and the poor,” he said, adding that they expected Mchu­nu to rise to the occasion and improve on the excellent work done by his predecessors, Sbu Ndebele and Zweli Mkhize.

The union also said it would revive its Through our Picking up the Gains campaign by working with the Labour Department on random inspection blitzes.

Luzipo added that they were disappointed eThekwini Municipality has not taken the public buses and their employees under its wing.

He threatened mass action by Cosatu affiliates, the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union and SA Municipal Workers’ Union.

“We are further looking at other legal means to verify the authenticity of the contract and the nature and manner in which the buses were sold.”

Cosatu KZN committed itself to reduce carnage on the roads, and its affiliates wanted to intensify road safety compliance, he said.

The union wanted a law enforcement stakeholder meeting to be convened to deal with law enforcement operations.

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