Numsa to form socialist movement

Numsa says SA should prepare for consultative congresses on the establishment of a socialist movement.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says workers across the country should prepare for provincial consultative congresses on the establishment of a united front movement for socialism.

The union says it has made significant progress in recruiting leftist organisations to join the front and will embark on a nationwide listening programme with different civil society groups as well as unions and federations.

Numsa intends to launch the movement by 2016, with the aim of contesting the 2019 general elections.

The union's senior leadership says all leftist organisations will be welcome to join the United Front, which General Secretary Irvin Jim describes as the only hope for workers.

"Unless the working class organises itself as a class for itself, we don't believe that these bourgeois political parties are going to deliver anything."

Jim's deputy, Karl Cloete says they've already contacted dozens of non-government organisations (NGOs) and civil society groups and will write to them again this week.

"We will, during the course of this week, issue a letter of protocol to all formations."

The leadership have also clarified they have not started talks with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), despite glaring similarities in their vision for the future.