Cosatu cracks widen as Numsa gets support

2014-11-10 13:59

Seven Cosatu affiliates will not cooperate in the federation’s most senior structures in protest at metal workers’ union Numsa’s expulsion, reported Independent Online today.

According to the report, the seven unions and Numsa claim to represent almost half of Cosatu’s 2.2 million members.

The fate of Numsa was decided at a 16-hour central executive committee meeting this weekend, dubbed “the night of the long knives” by some delegates.

Numsa’s foes wanted it kicked out for, among other things, poaching members from fellow affiliates, defying official Cosatu positions and taking a stand against the ANC, which is the leader of the tripartite alliance.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Left Front said Numsa’s expulsion would see the labour federation degenerate.

“The expulsion of Numsa brings an end to Cosatu as a fighting trade union,” said treasurer Brian Ashley.

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