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cosatuBusinessLive reports that Cosatu could at its next central executive committee revisit its decision to support the ANC in the May national elections.  

The labour federation’s Gauteng leaders said on Monday that they were deeply concerned about President Cyril Ramaphosa’s failure to consult organised labour about the unbundling of Eskom and other “emerging trends” reminiscent of the 1996 class project.  The 1996 class project is a tag used by Cosatu and the SACP to describe ANC leaders in and out of government who promote policies that deviate from resolutions of the alliance.  Cosatu’s national congress held in 2018 resolved to support Ramaphosa and the ANC on condition that workers’ issues were prioritised and jobs were protected.  Central to their conditions was reconfiguration of the ANC-led tripartite alliance and broad consultation and consensus on policy issues.  However, Ramaphosa’s announcement last Thursday that the financially distressed Eskom would be split into three entities seems to have irked the federation.  The decision to unbundle Eskom has been rejected by all labour organisations in the country, with warnings that it would lead to mass job losses at the power utility.  Gauteng provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile said Cosatu would be using its national strike planned for Thursday as a launching pad for a resistance campaign against job losses and “other anti-developmental state tendencies”.

  • Read Theto Mahlakaoana’s report in the above regard in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, It’s war for trade unions over Eskom privatisation plans, at Moneyweb


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