Malema calls on Vavi, Jim to form new workers' federation

2015-05-01 18:52
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Port Elizabeth - Julius Malema has called on expelled Zwelinzima Vavi and Irvin Jim to leave politics alone and form a new federation that is dedicated to looking after workers' rights.

Vavi was ousted from the Congress of SA Trade Union (Cosatu), where he had held the position of general secretary since 1999, in March.

Irvin Jim is the general secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), which was expelled from Cosatu in November last year. Numsa’s expulsion arises from its decision not to support the ANC in the general elections.

Speaking at the EFF Workers Rally at the NU1 Cricket Grounds in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, on Friday afternoon, Malema said Vavi and Jim should stop wasting time on political aspirations.

“We want to say to Irvin Jim and Vavi and them, they must stop wasting time. Let them form a federation which will fight for the workers. We will give them workers, as there are workers in the EFF who are looking for a union,” he said.

Malema said as long as Vavi and Jim did not form a political party, they would have the support of the EFF.

Irvin Jim and Vavi are wasting time. As long as they don’t form a political party they’re fine, because the political party for workers is here, it’s called the EFF.

"They must form a union. They must be a union, a federation that is not aligned to any political party, but aligned to workers alone,” he said to loud applause.

Malema said the federation he envisioned would not have political ties of any sort, and would not force workers to vote for any particular party.

“They must be a federation that doesn’t go around telling workers who to vote for.”

“Workers are not dumb, they will make their own choice, they can think for themselves. We don’t want them to tell workers to vote for the EFF, the EFF must earn the vote of the workers,” he said.

Malema said the EFF would not be forming a federation.

“We trust Vavi, we trust Jim. They are the best leaders of the workers,” he said.

Read more on:    cosatu  |  eff  |  numsa  |  zwelenzima vavi  |  irvin jim  |  julius malema  |  port elizabeth  |  politics  |  labour

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