Cosatu CEC shies away from tackling pressing issues

2014-05-29 14:36

The Cosatu leadership meeting is walking on eggshells around sensitive issues affecting the labour federation, and has opted to give more time to the ANC task team to help get it out of the quagmire.

The meeting of its central executive committee shied away from pressing issues – such as making a decision about whether to expel metalworkers’ union Numsa, discussing the Gobodo report on the sale of the Cosatu building or calls for a special congress – saying the ANC would develop a “package” to deal with the crisis facing Cosatu.

Addressing the media at the end of the three-day leadership meeting, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said the meeting had received a report from the ANC task team, led by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. However, Vavi said the ANC had been given four weeks to complete its work.

According to the agreement, Ramaphosa’s team will also guide Cosatu with regards to calls by the eight affiliates to have a special national congress to elect new leaders.

In the meantime, the “rebel” unions have committed to shelve their court case to force Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini to hold the congress.

Meanwhile, City Press can reveal that Numsa last week wrote a letter to Cosatu’s national office bearers demanding to know the cost of the legal process and audit fees relating to Vavi’s “illegal” suspension.

The letter also demanded to know by last Monday when Cosatu would pay Numsa’s legal fees for challenging Vavi’s suspension in court.

A second letter from Numsa demands a detailed reason why Dlamini should not be suspended for dividing Cosatu and for bringing the organisation into disrepute for opposing the challenge to Vavi’s suspension.

However, both Dlamini and Vavi said all the affiliates had committed to observe the “ceasefire” to allow the ANC intervention to take place.

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