vavi1SABC News reports that former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says a non-politically aligned trade union could be a solution to adequately deal with workers' issues.  

He was addressing members of the newly formed South African Public Service Union at Frere Hospital in East London.  Vavi said a trade union must be independent, but that did not mean apolitical, as “we have huge interests in the politics of South Africa, local government included.”  He went on to say:  "It doesn't mean that somewhere in the future we may not decide that a political party knows better about the issues that we ourselves are advancing and therefore we may call on workers to vote for that political party.  But if that political party doesn't deliver, the reason why we want to be independent is so that we can withdraw our support and give it to someone else who delivers and that is the nature of our business and how we relate to politics moving forward."

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