Nzimande: Jim wanted Vavi as deputy president

2014-12-14 09:13

SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande says Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim wanted Cosatu's Zwelinzima Vavi as ANC deputy president.

Numsa challenges expulsion in court

2014-12-11 16:04

Numsa is challenging its expulsion from Cosatu in court says general secretary Irvin Jim because they're determined to "reclaim the federation".

Minimum wage will result in growth - Vavi

2014-12-04 18:28

Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi says a national minimum wage will result in economic growth and will increase demand for goods.

Cosatu turns 29 amid internal strife

2014-12-01 06:44

Cosatu will not be celebrating its 29 years of existence with the same unity of 1985, as a split in support for the two top leaders is tearing the organisation apart.

ANC steps in to rescue Cosatu

2014-11-20 22:32

The ANC is set to help the embattled Cosatu deal with the internal struggles which have divided the trade union federation.

Vavi charges not reinstated

2014-11-20 12:45

The Congress of SA Trade Unions has denied reinstating charges against its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.


In today's news headlines: Parliament absolves President Jacob Zuma of wrongdoing in the upgrades to his Nkandla home, Cosatu is set to lose millions over the Numsa split and tense emails between Anni Hindocha and Shrien Dewani are read in court. Watch.

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Cosatu is not dead, says Dlamini

2014-11-11 16:28

Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini has taken a swipe at former leaders Mbhazima Shilowa and Jay Naidoo who criticised the federation for giving Numsa the boot.

Numsa expulsion binding on all affiliates - Cosatu

2014-11-11 15:21

The decision to expel Numsa is binding on all the structures of the federation and its leaders, says Cosatu deputy general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali.

Mantashe: Numsa expulsion overall bad

2014-11-10 17:14

Secretary general of the ANC Gwede Mantashe has reaffirmed the ANC's position that the expulsion of Numsa is bad for Cosatu, the ANC, the alliance and society in general.

Vavi leaving Cosatu would be logical - analyst

2014-11-08 16:06

It would be a logical step for Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi to leave Cosatu, political analyst Richard Pithouse says.

Vavi calls for national minimum wage

2014-11-04 13:05

Unemployment has reached catastrophic levels and the lack of jobs are giving trade unions sleepless nights, says Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

Inside Labour: Facts, falsehoods and hopes

2014-10-31 07:28

Only a national delegate congress can decide the way forward for Cosatu, says Terry Bell.

Nzimande warns unions about ditching alliance

2014-10-30 14:50

Unions that leave the tripartite alliance will become divided, says SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande.

Numsa ‘as good as expelled’

2014-10-26 12:00

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa is as good as expelled from Cosatu, it has been reported.

Vavi's rape accuser wants R4m in damages

2014-10-10 08:05

A woman who accused Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi of raping her is seeking R4.1m in damages from him, the union federation, and its biggest affiliate, according to a report.

Corruption, crime massive problems, says Vavi

2014-10-04 16:09

Crime and corruption in South Africa are massive problems that need a leader like former activist Moses Kotane, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has said.

Vavi: Regulate basic commodities

2014-09-04 11:43

Prices of basic commodities should be regulated to benefit poor consumers, says Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

Vavi: Metal bosses greedy

2014-08-03 09:58

Employers in the engineering and metals sector who refuse to sign a wage deal are greedy, says Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

Don't mix business and politics, says Vavi

2014-07-12 07:35

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has reiterated that politicians should not get involved in business, after reports of dying animals on a farm owned by NCOP chair Thandi Modise.

Vavi: Numsa is an example to follow

2014-07-11 15:52

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says Numsa's labour strike should serve as an example to other unions.

Numsa strike heats up

2014-07-02 18:00

A Numsa official told those worried the strike would hurt the economy to "go to hell", while reports of vandalism reported on social network

Numsa dimisses claims of violence

2014-07-01 17:38

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA has dismissed claims that some of its striking members have been involved in intimidation and violence.

Vavi: Macro-economic policies must change

2014-06-18 09:06

SA's economic structure needs to refocus from mining and finance to industrialisation if 5% growth is to be achieved, says Cosatu leader Zwelinzima Vavi.

Dlamini: Cosatu must still read Numsa letter

2014-06-06 17:45

Numsa has sent a letter to Cosatu responding to the outcome of its central executive committee meeting, but it has yet to be read, says president Sidumo Dlamini


Vavi: Cosatu at its weakest

2014-12-12 05:25

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says the congress is at its weakest and it is failing to implement resolutions.

Migrants not responsible for unemployment - Vavi

2014-12-05 15:20

Migrant workers from Africa who seek employment in South Africa should not be blamed for the country's unemployment and poverty, says Cosatu's Zwelinzima Vavi.

Vavi tried to intervene in soapie actors’ spat, says Vundla

2014-12-01 17:00

Cosatu general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi tried to intervene in a spat between actors and the founder of soap opera Generations, the Sunday Times reported.

Vavi warns of yellow unionism

2014-11-21 22:17

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has cautioned against yellow unions, which he says are unions usually closely aligned with companies and even governments.

SACP wants meetings with ANC, Cosatu

2014-11-20 19:05

The SA Communist Party has asked for bilateral meetings with Cosatu and the ANC to discuss unity in the trade union federation.

Behind the Numsa expulsion

2014-11-12 23:04

Labour columnist and author Terry Bell provides insight into the developments behind the Numsa expulsion in a series of video interviews.

Vavi pours out his heart in letter

2014-11-12 08:46

Zwelinzima Vavi says in a letter that the issues around Numsa's expulsion and Cosatu's unity was the reason why he was not present at a media briefing.

Vavi a no show at Cosatu briefing

2014-11-11 15:44

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has skipped a briefing where Cosatu leaders addressed the media on it's central executive committee meeting.

Numsa exit a case of self-expulsion - SACP

2014-11-11 12:45

It is regrettable that Cosatu has been left with no option but to expel Numsa, the SA Communist Party's political bureau says.


National Union of Metalworkers secretary general Irvin Jim has described Numsa’s expulsion from Cosatu as a well-orchestrated programme. We look at today's newspapers that focused on the expulsion. Watch.

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Vavi to be sued for defamation: Sowetan

2014-11-06 12:38

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has filed replying court papers relating to a defamation lawsuit for calling his ex-lover a 'nopatazana'.

Numsa must explain or go - Nehawu

2014-11-03 15:58

If Numsa does not explain why it should stay in Cosatu it will be expelled, the Nehawu says.

We don't want sweetheart unions, says Vavi

2014-10-30 21:15

The Congress of SA Trade Unions and its affiliates must be free of political manipulation, says general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

Mantashe: Don't blame Cosatu problems on ANC

2014-10-30 13:24

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says union members must not look for a scapegoat in the ANC because of the friction in Cosatu.

Cosatu split imminent - report

2014-10-19 19:30

ANC heavyweights are expected to tell Cosatu that they have failed to resolve their dispute with the federation’s biggest union – paving the way for a split.

Vavi is a ‘cult personality’ – Sadtu

2014-10-05 10:18

The SA Democratic Teachers’ Union Sadtu is concerned about the emergence of Cosatu’s secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi as a “cult personality”.

Vavi tells actors not to audition for Generations

2014-09-15 15:07

Actors thinking of replacing the 16 who were fired from local soapie Generations should not consider it, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has said.

Vavi slams unions for failing workers

2014-08-29 21:04

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has lashed out at the country's trade unions for not meeting workers' needs and placing too much focus on politics.

Eskom to get new CEO soon

2014-07-29 13:09

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says a new Eskom CEO will be appointed in the next few weeks to replace Brian Dames, who stepped down in March.

Vavi joins anti-Israel protest

2014-07-11 16:53

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has joined hundreds of protesters in criticising the Israeli occupation of Gaza and attacks on Palestine.

Adhere to Cosatu principles, says official.

2014-07-02 18:37

All Cosatu affiliates are bound by its constitution and should adhere to the federation's rules and principles, says its second deputy president Zingiswa Losi.

Workers not free - Vavi

2014-07-01 21:02

Zwelinzima Vavi says the strike is a political fight for a living wage.

Vavi thanks Numsa for their support

2014-07-01 16:37

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has thanked trade union Numsa for supporting him during his suspension from the labour federation.

Cosatu must unite, urges Ramaposa

2014-06-06 22:19

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for unity within Cosatu and for members not to silence criticism, but to hold constructive talks.

Cosatu putting internal battles on hold

2014-05-29 21:36

Internal battles within Cosatu have been put on hold, general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says.

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