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samwu thumb medium80 78The Citizen reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) indicated on Monday that it would not be participating in Cosatu’s 13th national congress being held this week.  

General secretary Simon Mathe said the union was saddened that for the first time since its formation it would not participate at a congress of the labour federation.  Mathe indicated that the union was informed by a Cosatu task team that, as a result of it not being in good standing due to outstanding affiliation fees, Samwu would not be allowed to attend the event.  He stressed that this was the first time that an affiliate not in good standing had been prevented from attending a Cosatu congress or meeting.  “Tradition has always been that even though an affiliate is not in good standing, they would be allowed to attend any of the federation’s meetings provided that they have an observer status in such a meeting,” he stated.  Mathe said the union decided not to bulldoze its way into the congress.  He noted reports that Samwu had disrupted the congress and categorically stated that “our delegation has not set foot at the congress venue given the reasons which had been advanced by Cosatu.  We therefore distance ourselves from attempts and acts of disruptions which are alleged to have occurred at the congress venue today (Monday).”  The four-day congress is being held in Midrand until Thursday.

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