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nedlacCity Press reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) is gearing up for a battle to get into the National Economic, Development and Labour Council (Nelac), the statutory body set up to facilitate negotiations on economic and labour policy between business, government, labour and communities.  

Rules set completely at the discretion of Nedlac’s three incumbent labour federations, namely Cosatu, Fedusa and Nactu, already exclude the recently established Saftu simply because it is less than two years old.  This leaves the new federation at the mercy of the three, despite Saftu being the second-largest union federation in SA.  With roughly 680,000 members, Saftu is larger than Fedusa (327,236 members) and Nactu (263,694 members), combined.  Even after two years, the rules permit the three federations to indefinitely deny Saftu Nedlac membership – literally just because they do not like them.  On Friday, Saftu picketed outside Nedlac’s annual summit in protest against this “stonewalling”.  Meanwhile, Nedlac claims that “there is no record of an application of membership yet”.  But Saftu’s Zwelimzima Vavi indicated:  “There is definitely an application.”

  • Read this report by Dewald Van Rensburg in full at City Press
  • Read too, Numsa pushes Nedlac to accept Saftu as member, at EWN
  • And also, Numsa says government afraid to have Saftu as part of Nedlac, at EWN

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