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SaftuBusinessLive reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) dealt a major blow to its affiliate the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Tuesday, by rejecting its newly registered Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party (SRWP).  

The party, which was founded by Numsa, hopes to attract workers’ support as it considers whether or not to contest the 2019 national elections.  The rejection also signals what has been described as “fraught” relations between Numsa and Saftu leaders.  In a statement issued on Tuesday after its national executive committee (NEC) meeting, Saftu reiterated its political independence, saying it would “resist being stampeded into becoming a labour desk for, or forming an alliance with, any political party”.  Instead, it would discuss the possibility of forming a socialist-oriented workers party of its own with other organisations of a similar ideological posture.  Saftu was one of more than 140 organisations that participated in a working-class summit earlier in 2018, and it resolved to explore whether a workers’ party was a viable vehicle through which to pursue the struggles of poor people and workers.

  • Read the full original report by Theto Mahlakoana at BusinessLive


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