Alliance not up to scratch - Cosatu

2010-09-06 20:09

Mbombela - The alliance between the ANC, the Congress of SA Trade Unions and the SA Communist Party was not "functioning as expected", Cosatu in Mpumalanga said on Monday.

The province wants the union federation to revive its demand for an "alliance pact" and to demand that the alliance be declared the strategic centre of power, Cosatu Mpumalanga secretary Fidel Mlombo said, after a meeting of the province's executive committee.

"Should all the above fail, Cosatu should consider convening a special congress to review Cosatu's participation in the alliance," he said.

Relations between the alliance partners had been strained recently. Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi last month also described the alliance as "dysfunctional".

The provincial chapter of Cosatu congratulated public sector workers for "sustaining a very militant strike" and vowed to mobilise the private sector and the public to support the strike.

"The strike is an open revolt by the working class of this country who are the primary motive force of this revolution; it is an open revolt against poverty, unemployment, inequalities (and) corruption," Mlombo said.

He further reaffirmed the importance of fighting "against the capitalist system which breeds greediness, crass materialism and individual accumulation of wealth".

He added that corruption was "rife" in Mpumalanga.

Cosatu in the province will support a protest march against corruption to take place on September 14 in Mbombela.