JOHANNESBURG, Zwelinzima Vavi, who wa ousted as secretary-general of the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the country’s biggest labour grouping, has chosen Secretary-General of the newly-launched South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu).
Saftu’s three-day inaugural congress, which wrapped up Sunday at Boksburg, near here, was attended by delegates from 21 trade unions.
The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa), the country’s biggest single trade union which was expelled from Cosatu in November 2014, and the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) are expected to be affiliates of the new labour federation.
About 2 000 delegates attended the event.
Saftu intends to rival Cosatu and is the brainchild of Vavi, who was expelled from Cosatu in 2015 for opposing the expulsion of NUMSA.
He took a swipe at Cosatu, accusing it of not putting the interest of workers first.
They are now the preferred champions of the status quo, by the way the Cosatu unions seem to protect the current status quo of low wages, of increasing gap between the highest paid and lowest paid workers, of the current housing allowance. So we declare Cosatu in this congress, together with the ANC (ruling African National Congress) as the enemy of all of the democratic forces.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK