ANC relationship needs debate, says Cosatu

2012-02-15 15:58

Johannesburg - The debate on whether the ANC is leading Cosatu in the right direction needs to continue, the trade union federation's Gauteng chairperson Phutas Tseki said on Wednesday.

"Are we part of the ANC or walking next to the ANC?" Tseki asked in Johannesburg.

"Are we not seen to be part of the ANC in the form of campaigns led by the ANC and leadership of the ANC?"

Tseki was addressing delegates at the Congress of SA Trade Unions Gauteng provincial executive committee meeting. He said the African National Congress was the leader of the alliance, a decision supported by Cosatu. However, there was nothing wrong with debating whether the ANC was taking Cosatu forward.

"Are we being pushed away?" asked Tseki.

He also spoke about labour brokers, saying Cosatu was pleased that President Jacob Zuma had addressed the issue during his State of the Nation address last week.

Tseki said he knew the ANC was looking at regulating labour brokers, but Cosatu wanted a total ban.

"This [issue] will be taken to the ANC policy conference and we hope it goes through to the national conference," he said.

Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini had been scheduled to address the meeting on Wednesday, but was unable to attend.

  • Henri - 2012-02-15 16:07

    So, Julius, we hear you are a bread winner in the Malema family! JM: You see, people like saying all these sorts of things about me and its fine. Anyone who claims that I'm a bread winner must come forward with evidence and prove to the people that indeed, I entered a bread competition. According to my knowledge, I have never entered any bread competition. Bring the evidence - I'm not afraid

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-02-15 16:39

    ANC is using COSATU and the workers of this country to fill their corrupt pockets and as long as they hold the trade unions they can do what they want. How can you pay CEO of ESKOM over R 1 000 000 PER month and cleaner at ESKOM only GETS less than R 3000 pm??? This country needs strong Unions to stop income in-parity this is what would ruin our country. Top and Bottom Salaries Must be closer. Top CEO 200 x more per month than lowest paid same company is WRONG. COSATU only way you can honestly protect workers against such abuse is to be in opposition to the abuser. A wife can not stand by a man that abuses their kids. That is what you are doing!!!

      Danie - 2012-02-15 16:50

      You do not know what you talking about.You must be a useless blood sucker.

      bernpm - 2012-02-15 17:15

      @Danie: thanks for your intelligent and constructive comment.

      bernpm - 2012-02-15 17:20

      @Chris: linking top and bottom incomes in a company and bringing them closer together is a most important step in addressing material inequality. Cosatu can only be taken serious if/when they begin to walk on their own two legs. Forget struggle loyalty and become a real labour party with a socialist agenda set by your movement.

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-02-15 17:31

      Danie No I am not A useless Bloodsucker I am self employed I however believe I know more about Economics than you would like to give me credit. Your bold statement that I do not know what I am talking about is without offering a valid reason why someone get 200 X more money than others earn in the same company. Tells me you should stick to fishing and leave the thinking to others.

      Multi - 2012-02-15 22:04

      The ANC is using cosatu? yes Salaries must be closer? yes (how much money do you really need, sow it back into the business) cosatu an abused wife standing by the abusive husband (ANC)? yes BUT I think COSATU are the dregs of South Africa. They strike too early instead of negotiating properly, they often make ridiculous demands, and often their protests turn into riots. Striking can be necessary when all other means have been exhausted, which I do not see even being tried - strikes are planned before negotiations even take place in a lot of cases). Even once striking happens it should be a simple stay away from work, some placards and dancing. None of this torch the offices and schools rubbish that goes on.

  • Gavin - 2012-02-15 16:48

    There's too much mass debating going on and not enough work.

  • Lesley - 2012-02-15 18:25

    When is the anc going to tell cosatu to take a hike? They will still get the workers votes. There is no way cosatu could persuade all the workers not to vote for the anc, then maybe we could move forward as a country instead of heading backwards in the same direction as the rest of africa.

      Sterling - 2012-02-15 20:41

      What you are saying would be true if the president and other officials were directly elected. In SA the one that control the delegates in the party are made president if their party wins. Since there is no party primaries like in the US, there is a lot of buying and selling going on. This why many officials in the ANC that have been caught stealing from the government can't be touch. SA is not a democracy like they try to sell themselves off as one. The people have very little voice in the government of that country.

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