Eight unions missing as Cosatu meets

COSATU went ahead with its planned central executive committee (CEC) meeting yesterday without the expelled National Union of Metalworkers of SA and the seven other unions that are fighting for the metalworkers to be reinstated.

The unions have vigorously campaigned for Numsa to return to the Cosatu fold, withdrawing all forms of participation in Cosatu until the metalworkers are back in the federation.

Numsa was expelled last year but is fighting its expulsion.

Yesterday, Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini dismissed the eight unions’ claims that Numsa’s continued expulsion would deepen divisions in Cosatu, saying the current leadership wanted to unify the federation.

“The meeting went ahead because those unions never said anything to Cosatu, but to the media. Only 14 people were absent. The meeting went very well. Those comrades should have joined the meeting,” he said.

-Mkhululi Ndamase

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