Is a Cosatu split looming?

By Drum Digital
10 November 2014

Seven Cosatu unions are set to suspend their participation in the federation’s national decision-making body in solidarity with expelled Numsa.

However, the unions have made contradictory statements regarding whether or not they would also quit Cosatu.

Strangely, municipal union Samwu was the only pro-Numsa union that did not attend the briefing of the unions in Braamfontein on Monday morning.

It is not clear whether it has fallen out with the other unions.

The seven unions; FAWU, SACCAWU, SASAWU, PAWUSA, DENOSA, SAFPU and CWU have said they would call the meetings of the central executive committees and national executive committees to get fresh mandates on their solidarity with the metal workers’ union Numsa, but said their court action to force a special Cosatu national congress would go ahead.

The Food an Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) said the meetings which will take place over the next three weeks, would mull whether, the unions should still remain in the federation and whether they should still be part of the ANC-led tripartite alliance.

Fawu suggested that it could not abide a situation where few Cosatu leaders would take decisions for the all the federation’s 2.2 million members in an undemocratic way.

However, the Democratic Nurses’ Organisation of SA (Denosa) said the unions would fight for the soul of Cosatu, and wasn’t willing to dump the federation.

However, the unions agreed that embattled general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi should not resign from Cosatu, despite the hostile environment.

Numsa was expelled on Friday following drawn out fights with a faction of the federation’s leadership

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