Vavi stresses unity, cohesion

2013-05-29 11:12
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(Picture: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has stressed unity and cohesion in the labour federation, after the central executive committee reportedly agreed to put aside motions to suspend or fire him.

Addressing a media conference on Wednesday following the Congress of South African Trade Unions' central executive committee (CEC) meeting, Vavi reiterated that Cosatu was more united and determined to struggle for worker emancipation, and would embark on a radical programme of action to realise workers' legitimate demands.

He criticised media coverage of the CEC meeting, saying that Cosatu is not splitting or paralysed as media sources would have the public believe.

Earlier, media reports suggested that Vavi's position is safe for now. Business Day reported on Wednesday that Vavi will however still face further questions over political and administrative claims of wrongdoing.

According to the daily, the three-day CEC meeting ended a day early on Tuesday with a decision to allow the panel established to undertake a "facilitated process" more flexibility to do its work, resulting in an effective stalemate.

The Cape Times reported that the motions to suspend or fire Vavi came from affiliates such as the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu), who accused him of political disloyalty and selling Cosatu's headquarters at a discounted rate.

However, Vavi's supporters, including the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), believe he was being targeted as a result of his vocal criticism of corruption and President Jacob Zuma

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