No special congress this year: Cosatu

By Drum Digital
21 November 2013

A Cosatu special national congress will not take place this year.

A Cosatu special national congress will not take place this year, the trade union federation's acting general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said on Thursday.

"The president reported on the practicalities of convening such a congress, including among others, timing, costs and resources, the state of readiness of the affiliates, and the objectives and agenda of the congress," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

"It was agreed that these issues be referred to a meeting of the NOBs [national office bearers] and affiliates' presidents and general secretaries."

They would report back to a special central executive committee (CEC) meeting to be convened to discuss internal processes. If that meeting could not resolve the matter it would be taken to the CEC in February next year.

Ntshalintshali was briefing media on the outcomes of the three-day CEC meeting.

He said CEC delegates were urged not to take these issues to the media or the courts.

In September, the CEC received a request from nine affiliates for a special national congress.

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) had reportedly accused Congress of SA Trade Unions president Sidumo Dlamini of dragging his feet in convening the congress.

"A letter to the NOBs which Numsa wrote and published on the failure of the president to convene the special congress was strongly condemned by the CEC and Numsa was ordered to withdraw it and they effectively did withdraw it," Ntshalintshali said.

"Numsa and others were asked to respect the office of the president and were condemned on their concerted campaign to besmirch and undermine the office."

-by Sapa

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