Samwu to Cosatu: Hold a congress or resign

2014-02-20 11:05

The SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) in North West wants the leadership of the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) to convene a special national congress or to resign.

“If this Cosatu leadership does not resign or convene the special national congress on or before the end of April 2014, Samwu will campaign for the removal of its national leadership,” union secretary Lekoba Modimoeng said today.

He said the union would mobilise its members to boycott all activities, collapse its programme and terminate any engagements with it.

The provincial Samwu was demanding the resignation of the congress or its leaders because they believed Cosatu had failed the federation’s membership.

“When some of these leaders speak, we no longer know or are certain on which side of the fence/organisation they are representing,” he said.

Modimoeng said Cosatu was not as strong as it used to be since the suspension of general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

Samwu also accused Cosatu of wasting money on legal fees to deal with Vavi.

“The money that has been utilised to deal with comrade Vavi’s matter is coming from workers who are earning miserable and poor salaries and wages every month.”

In January, nine Cosatu affiliates called for Vavi’s reinstatement and for a special congress.

Vavi was suspended last year after he admitted to having an affair with a junior employee who had initially accused him of rape. The affiliates believed the disciplinary process against Vavi was unjust.

The affiliates were the Communication Workers’ Union, the Democratic Nurses’ Organisation of SA, the Food and Allied Workers’ Union, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA, the Public and Allied Workers’ Union of SA, the SA Commercial and Catering Workers’ Union, the SA Football Players’ Union, Samwu and the SA State and Allied Workers’ Union.

They wanted the special congress to be held by the end of March and for a new Cosatu leadership to be elected.

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