Trouble for labour representation?

2014-11-11 09:39

The statements by the Other Tripartite alliance affiliates that NUMSA is not supposed to be booted out of the trade union federation is yet another indication of the unions in the mass Labour movement of the country. While the other seven trade unions affiliated with COSATU said that they will pull out of the structures of this Federation, it’s even more conspicuous that the political factions within COSATU and the continued struggle by one faction of the federation’s president and the other faction of the secretary to occupy a dominant are derived from within the ANC as an independent actor in the tripartite and a biggest political affiliate.

Considering the fact that there has been a meeting on Monday 10 November 2014 between COSATU and 7 of Numsa allies where they warned the federation about what’s on the line, the Federation is set to an CEC meeting, but it is not a guarantee since some of the people in the federation are not ANC oriented as the president of the Federation Sdumo Dlamini along with his faction. The reason for ANC’s involvement with these rivals in the Numsa split from Cosatu is not about the tripartite alliance but about the number of members that Cosatu will lose which will obviously mean that after they leave Cosatu as it has a greater portion of the electoral power it is all about politics. As quoted in the City Press Mantashe said “We are in the alliance as independent parties. We don’t dictate to another alliance partner what to do.” Of course they don’t dictate what partners what to do but they are involved in the political squabbles which resulted in the happenings in the alliance, (Why am I saying this?) – when Mantashe says a weak Cosatu is bad for the ANC he actually means though they cannot dictate what should happen but there is still expectation that what they command for the federation must take place.

Being the former chairperson the SACP, a general secretary of the ANC Mantashe outlines the statement on behalf of the ANC that the split is not good for the alliance thus masking the truth that actually it is also the fact that according to the ruling party, Zwelinzima Vavi is not supposed to be the federation’s general secretary. When Vavi was suspendd last year Numsa took the COsatu to court and it resulted in the suspension of the charges against him thus offering him his job back but now the question is –Is it because of the fact that Numsa is behind vavi and futhering his interests in the federation thus promoting him to become a president of the federation that the ANC is so against him or is it because he is not in the Zuma faction? Its catually not even a wrong statement to make that Cosatu is at a verge of collapsing and the representation of the labour masses seems to have been neglected in this process but only politics are placed first.

All that the affiliates of the tripartite alliance (especially ANC) are now concerned about is the number of the people that constitute collectively a majority of their votes during elections who can leave Cosatu rather than being concerned with the fact that, if there is no more Cosatu then there is a tragedy of having to start again an create a trade union federation which will further the interest of the labour masses and the working class in the country.

Is there any concern for absence of representation for much of the working class/ or labour in the country or is it just a concern for party politics, affiliation membership, rival political factions of affiliates?

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