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numsaBusinessLive writes that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s first Workers’ Day address on Tuesday was overshadowed by talk of a reunion between labour federation Cosatu and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa).  

Numsa, which was once Cosatu’s biggest private sector union affiliate, has a new home at the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu).  At last tally, Numsa had more than 300,000 members.  Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini told Business Day in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday that the union federation would welcome Numsa with "open arms".  But it would do so on condition Numsa abandoned its resolution to extend its scope, which would encroach on Cosatu affiliates.  Dlamini was responding to calls by ANC leaders that Cosatu should reconsider its decision on Numsa and Saftu.  ANC chairman in the Eastern Cape, Oscar Mabuyane, and national organiser, Senzo Mchunu, said Numsa’s expulsion from Cosatu had harmed the governing party.  Saftu was formed by Numsa and former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.  Numsa has indicated that it aims to form a workers’ party.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive

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