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SaftuCity Press reports that the incumbent labour constituency at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) managed to block new union federation Saftu from joining the body last year – but the excuse it used will fall away in April.  

Even though Saftu (SA Federation of Trade Unions) is the second-largest labour federation in the country, Nedlac’s rules permit the founding union federations – Cosatu, Fedusa and Nactu – to set the rules for admission.  Shortly before the well-publicised launch of Saftu in April last year, the three incumbent federations changed the Nedlac rules, saying a federation had to exist for two years before Nedlac would consider whether it could become a member.  This excluded Saftu, but the exclusion will only last for another seven months.  However, nothing stops the incumbents from simply inventing another arbitrary rule to block it, Saftu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi conceded last week.  Saftu is larger than Fedusa and Nactu combined and mostly comprises two major unions – Numsa and Fawu.  It has vowed to shake things up at Nedlac once it gets in.  

  • Read this report by Dewald van Rensburg in full at Fin24

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