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Numsa to decide over Cosatu meeting

Numsa will today decide where, when and how they will meet with Cosatu over its decision not to back the ANC.

Numsa will today decide where, when and how they will meet with Cosatu over its decision not to back the ANC. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa)'s top leaders are expected to decide today when and how they will meet with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) about its decision to withdraw its support from the African National Congress (ANC).

The union and the trade union federation are meeting for the first time since Cosatu wrote to Numsa, asking for a meeting about that decision.

Numsa's leaders know that Cosatu wants to change their minds about withdrawing from the alliance.

But Cosatu appears to have very little room in which to move, as it knows Numsa may be looking for a reason to be expelled.

That could be part of a bigger plan to eventually form a new workers party.

Numsa leaders are also likely to discuss the ANC's manifesto today, which appears to be very different from the union's economic policy.