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Numsa to honour Cosatu deadline

Cosatu last week issued a deadline to Numsa to clarify decisions taken at its special congress in December.

FILE: Numsa plans to honour the seven day deadline from Cosatu to motivate why it should not be expelled from the trade union federation. Picture: SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it will honour a seven day deadline set by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) for it to motivate why it should not be expelled from the trade union federation.

Cosatu last week issued a deadline of seven days to its biggest affiliate to clarify decisions taken at its special congress in December.

Numsa members resolved to withdraw support from the ANC and called on the federation to break away from the Tripartite Alliance.

Numsa's general secretary Irvin Jim says, "Yes we will respond to Cosatu and honour the seven days that we've been given."

But Jim says the leaders of the unions pushing for Numsa's expulsion have not been mandated to do so by their members.

"Many affiliates leaders, in particular those who arrive in Cosatu and be champions of saying Numsa must be suspended and Numsa must be dismissed, the experience on the ground has been different."

Earlier on Sunday Jim said their plans to mobilise the working class for a united front and embarking on a strike later this month are on course.

"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."

He said 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."

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