Vavi: Numsa won't leave Cosatu

2013-12-17 18:20

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Suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said it wasn't metalworkers' union Numsa's intention to split from Cosatu, rather to take it back to what it had always been.

As Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim delivered his secretariat report at Numsa's four-day conference in Boksburg to decide whether the union wants to remain in the federation or not, Vavi tweeted: "#Numsa will not split from COSATU. It demands an independent militant, anti capitalist/imperialist federation. That's what COSATU has been."

Vavi is set to address Numsa's conference in a special lecture tomorrow night, and he has been supported and given a platform by the union ever since his suspension from Cosatu in August for having sex with a woman he employed to Cosatu.

Newly elected Numsa president Andrew Chirwa earlier, to cheers from delegates, said Numsa should consider calling on President Jacob Zuma to resign.

In its secretariat report Numsa said congress has to decide what to do about its position in Cosatu. "On the one hand, the unity of Cosatu is valuable to the working class," it says, "on the other hand, we cannot afford to be improvised in a federation that is committed to delivering the organised working class into the arms of the bourgeoisie in the name of unity."

Numsa said the ANC has failed workers in the delivery of its election promises and it will have to consider whether to support the ANC in the 2014 elections.

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