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Numsa mobilisation plans well on course

South Africa’s biggest union says it has made significant progress with the formation of a united front.

Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it has made significant progress with the formation of a united front of leftist working class organisations and a general strike later this month will exhibit their show of force.

Numsa is South Africa's biggest union with more than 341,000 members by the end of last month.

At its special congress held in December last year, Numsa severed its ties with the ANC and resolved to create its own workers vanguard party.

Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim says their plans are on track.

"Work is well underway to mobilise the working class in all their formations into a united front for radical implementation of the freedom charter against neoliberalism."

Jim says the general strike will illustrate working class power.

"We're happy to know that many social movement organisations and community organisations are joining us in our section 77 campaign starting with the national strike on 19 March 2014."