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numsaCity Press writes that the desire by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) to bring the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) back into the fold of labour federation Cosatu has hit a snag.  

An SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) national executive committee meeting last week discussed the possibility of the move, along with the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) and Numsa forging a “principled unity” with Cosatu.  But it appears that Numsa has shut the door on calls for it to return to Cosatu.  Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim commented:  “Let us put the record straight, there is no formal process that has been taken by Cosatu to approach Numsa for the much talked about clarion call for Numsa to return to Cosatu.”  Numsa was expelled as an affiliate by Cosatu for extending its organising scope and withdrawing support for the ANC in 2014.  It is now a key affiliate of Saftu and its return to Cosatu would likely lead to the demise of Saftu.  NUM president Joseph Montisetsi indicated that the union was lobbying other affiliates to support its latest attempt to reunite Numsa with Cosatu.  He warned that the ANC could be harmed in next year’s elections if Numsa did not return to Cosatu.  Saftu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi described calls for Numsa to return to Cosatu as an attempt to divide Saftu.

  • Read the full original report by Ngwako Modjadji at City Press

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