Cosatu: A lot has been achieved for SA workers

The trade union federation did however say workers still face many challenges.

FILE: Cosatu president S'dumo Dlamini. Picture: SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Thursday said Workers Day will be about celebrating the hard fought victories of the working class over the past 20 years.

The trade union federation did however say workers still face many challenges in South Africa.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the Cosatu May Day rally in Polokwane, Limpopo.

South African Communist Party (SACP) general secretary Blade Nzimande, Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini and ANC President Jacob Zuma are expected to reflect on what has been achieved and what the future holds.

The past two years have been characterised by divisions in the working class, with Zwelinzima Vavi being suspended and the largest trade union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), withdrawing support for the ruling party.

Dlamini says workers should celebrate what's been achieved.

"While there are so many challenges confronting South African workers, a lot has been achieved for them in the past 20 years."

Meanwhile, Numsa said its leaders were deliberately being sidelined.

The union says the decision was made by Cosatu.

Numsa, which is the largest union in the country, says the federation doesn't want its members to attend the Workers Day gathering.