Cosatu has a bad federal system - Majola

2012-09-19 17:25

Johannesburg - Cosatu's federal system operates badly, National Education, Health, and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) general secretary Fikile Majola said on Wednesday.

"We need a federation that behaves as a strong national centre," Majola told delegates at Cosatu's 11th national congress in Midrand, Johannesburg.

"[Cosatu] structures have no authority over [its] affiliates."

He said the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) central executive committee had failed to implement decisions taken at meetings.

There were currently no local structures and provincial structures were not strong enough.

Majola used the strike by mineworkers at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, North West as an example.

He said Cosatu in the province should have stepped in to help the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

"We need strong provinces and strong locals. Cosatu needs to be the centre of all affiliates," he said.

Fundamental problem

Majola was speaking during a debate on Cosatu's organisational report on the third day of the congress.

He said there was a fundamental problem in the way Cosatu was run.

This needed to be included in Cosatu's "Lula moment", referring to former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who was in office from 2003 to 2011.

Lula's first term was fraught with difficulties, but in his second term, he engineered a dramatic turnaround, improving the living standards of Brazil's working class.

"This Lula moment, or radical phase of the second phase of transition, must include organisational renewal," Majola said.

This weakness needed to be addressed during Cosatu's congress.

On Tuesday, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi called for South Africa to have its own "Lula moment".

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-19 17:57

    Casatu needs to be fired by the workers of South Africa, they have sat on their big fat backsides, living off workers contributions for far to long, they have failed in their mandate, they failed the workers in the clothing industry, they failed the wrokers in the fishing industry they failed the workers at Aurora (who are still waiting for the mine bosses(thief's) to be arrested. They failed Lonim workers, they failed all mine workers with their continues under-performances in negotiating above inflation rate adjustments to wages, Casatu affiliates chanted for Zuma at their congress forgetting that they are not their as servants of ZUMA or the ANC, but servants and representatives of the working class, who have paid for them to go to Galagher estate conference. They eat tea and cake, and pour Johny Walker without even knowing that the miners are out on strike. This is how useless Casatu/Num have become, pondering political careers while earning salaries drawn from workers membership fees. What a laugh, what a joke.... Casatu Union delegates should know that when they return to the floor and face their constituents that they have their story right.

      cliffadams007 - 2012-09-19 18:51

      I am inclined to believe the story which you have summed it up beautifully. This Majola knows his "cricket"!

  • malingeplaatjie.plaatjie - 2012-09-19 18:05

    This is an A lesson to all unions and federation

  • Tf Freeze - 2012-09-19 18:50

    you can't represent people while you supporting certain organization,because what apply in that organization must apply to you.

  • bernpm - 2012-09-20 00:02

    Cosatu can only proof credibility by. leaving the triparte alliance. They lost Lonmin. The "unity" farce will continue for now. Dream on boys!

  • guangxi.bob - 2012-09-20 05:16

    Me have bad feeling for bad man

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