Cosatu has 'more work' on anniversary

2012-12-01 22:31

Johannesburg - Trade union federation Cosatu was far from reaching its goals, spokesperson Patrick Craven said on Saturday.

"Ours has never been a struggle only for increasing wages and improving conditions of work but a struggle to advance the interests of the working class as a whole," he said in a statement prepared for delivery at the union's 27th anniversary.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions was launched on 1 December 1985.

"A birthday is a time to celebrate achievements, but also to recognise where we have not achieved enough," said Craven.

Cosatu had "engaged in quite a lot of introspection" and realised that a lot was still to be done.

"We know we have not achieved the principle of worker control," said Craven.

"[This is why] we have launched an urgent campaign to listen to our members, get mandates from them, do more to win their demands from the employers, and improve the service to our members."

Small splinter unions were a challenge, he said.

"As we move towards our 30th anniversary in 2015, we must strive harder to achieve the goals we set ourselves in our 2015 plan." More needed to be done to strengthen Cosatu, he said.

  • jacob.zooma.9 - 2012-12-01 22:47

    Plenty of tax payers and workers money to loot before the year ends.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-01 22:58

    In the last 18 years you've struggled to manage yourselves out of a paper bag. If COSATU et al had fulfilled their part of the Alliance mandate, workers would have decent pay, decent accommodation and living conditions. Instead, COSATU SIGNED R29 per hour for government workers, R7 an hour for farm workers and living out allowance for mine workers. Not once have they pressured any local or provincial government to provide/improve housing, roads, schools or a myriad of other services for the terrible deals they sold the farm- and mine-workers down the river for. Now they're protesting against the very deal they negotiated and signed with the government, on their members' behalf.

      Simon Maabe - 2012-12-01 23:06

      True. And they want us to believe that they have interests of the majority! Behind doors they beg a white man, on TV they act as if they're bold. Who's a fool here?

      jakalas.kruger - 2012-12-02 03:42

      Labor Unions have become irrelevant in South Africa, they are running around like little mad dogs, barking at their master the ANC and barking at the workers they are supposed to protect. They have become a liability to all, it is time to put them down.

  • Simon Maabe - 2012-12-01 23:03

    Cosatu is as useless as it's Tri-Partite alies!!! They always knew that farmers are on R70 per day and waited until wild cat strikes... They knew that Ramaphosa holds a fat stake in Lonmin where his interests sacrificed 34 lives. They knew that Inkandla is financed by their membership's contribution to tax... What did they do before we know? They asked how much can they personally benefit!

  • Berto En Petra Mostert - 2012-12-02 06:38

    Cosatu - #1 job killer!!! shame on you. Rather fight the Chinese coming in to SA opening shops around every corner and brining rubbish clothing in!

  • altus.kirsten - 2012-12-02 10:57

    Unemployment will increase untill Cosatu is disbanned!

  • tobydt - 2012-12-02 11:20

    Go f*** yourself Vavi.

  • mike.clery - 2012-12-02 17:20

    Truth is that Cosatu is nothing more than the ANC leadership's tool to keep their voters. They function as a surrogate "opposition", but still urge their members to vote ANC, specifically for those same leaders. It should be pretty clear to everyone by now that the ANC "leaders" (at all levels) are more concerned with self-enrichment than anything else. And Cosatu members *pay* for the privilege of being conned .....

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