Cosatu has 'more work' on anniversary

2012-12-01 22:31
Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Muntu Vilakazi/City Press

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Muntu Vilakazi/City Press

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Johannesburg - Trade union federation Cosatu was far from reaching its goals, spokesperson Patrick Craven said on Saturday.

"Ours has never been a struggle only for increasing wages and improving conditions of work but a struggle to advance the interests of the working class as a whole," he said in a statement prepared for delivery at the union's 27th anniversary.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions was launched on 1 December 1985.

"A birthday is a time to celebrate achievements, but also to recognise where we have not achieved enough," said Craven.

Cosatu had "engaged in quite a lot of introspection" and realised that a lot was still to be done.

"We know we have not achieved the principle of worker control," said Craven.

"[This is why] we have launched an urgent campaign to listen to our members, get mandates from them, do more to win their demands from the employers, and improve the service to our members."

Small splinter unions were a challenge, he said.

"As we move towards our 30th anniversary in 2015, we must strive harder to achieve the goals we set ourselves in our 2015 plan." More needed to be done to strengthen Cosatu, he said.
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