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cosatuSowetanLive reports that labour federation Cosatu was owed R45-million in affiliation fees by various unions at the 2017 financial year end.  This was due to infighting in the unions and difficulty in collecting membership fees.  

The SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and the Liberated Metalworkers Union of SA (Limusa) are not in good standing after failing to pay their fees for many months.  Cosatu has 17 affiliates and president S'dumo Dlamini confirmed on Monday that a number were in arrears.  "The CEC [central executive committee] … has been dealing with the matter for some time.  We are persuading them to honour the monthly subscription fees.  We have not come to the point of talking expulsion," Dlamini indicated.  Cosatu spokesman Sizwe Pamla said unions were unable to pay "due to their internal challenges in collection of membership fees … while trying to meet other obligations of their own."  Samwu general secretary Simon Mathe admitted the union was 20 months in arrears.  "There were issues of leadership which were resolved by the labour court.  We have started paying.  We have paid R3-million to Cosatu," he advised.  Meantime, a Satawu task team negotiated for Cosatu to write off outstanding fees and presently the union “is in good standing and has been keeping up with its monthly payments."

  • Read this report by Ngwako Modjadji in full at SowetanLive

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