Numsa faces expulsion

2014-02-11 15:56

Cosatu’s biggest union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), could soon be expelled from the labour federation.

Yesterday’s Cosatu central executive committee meeting resolved that Cosatu should write a letter to say why it should not be kicked out or suspended.

Numsa’s December special congress called on Cosatu to pull out of the tripartite alliance, and was critical of the ANC’s record in office over the past five years. It said its members should make up their minds about who to vote for during this year’s national elections

Cosatu’s acting general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said Numsa’s plan to march on the day of Cosatu’s central executive committee later this month and the call to not back the ANC went against Cosatu policies.

He said the union’s decision to expand its recruitment and organising into sectors such as jewellery, petrochemicals and glass production went against the federation’s policies.

“The central executive committee raised other issues of concern around Numsa’s poaching of members [from the National Union of Mineworkers] and support for Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union.

“It was agreed that the [national office-bearers] must write a letter to Numsa to give reasons why it should not be suspended or expelled from the federation, and that is now being implemented,” he said.

The call by Numsa and other unions for a special Cosatu congress to resolve the political impasse that has crippled the federation following general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi’s suspension was rejected by yesterday’s central executive committee.

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