‘Cosatu will degenerate without Numsa’

2014-11-08 10:49

The expulsion of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) from Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) will see the labour federation degenerate, says the Democratic Left Front (DLF).

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

“Cosatu will degenerate further into essentially a sweetheart and bureaucratised union.”

The metalworkers union was expelled during a special central executive committee sitting yesterday. General secretary Irvin Jim confirmed the expulsion today.

“Yes, Numsa has been expelled,” he said in an SMS.

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said he was not sure whether the trade union federation would send out a statement on the matter.

Ashley described the expulsion as a “sad day” and a “travesty of justice”.

He said the working class would face greater and bolder attacks from the neoliberal state and predatory capitalism.

“During this entire saga, we have seen Cosatu under the leadership of [S’dumo] Dlamini and [Bheki] Ntshalintshali capitulate before the youth wage subsidy, e-tolls, NDP and perhaps most damning of all, defend the indefensible – the Marikana massacre,” said Ashley.

Ashley said Numsa would continue to fight against the miscarriage of justice.

“It will fight to regroup the remaining and best elements of Cosatu.”

Ashley said that the time was now for those who claimed to be left, progressive and working class to be counted. He said they should regroup around the leadership of Numsa and fight for a new Cosatu that would be militant, democratic, worker controlled, independent and socialist.

“This will open a new chapter in the history of the workers’ movement in South Africa. Now is not the time to mourn. We must organise,” he said.

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