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Numsa considers forming own federation

The union is considering forming a new independent labour federation, as a last resort.

FILE IMAGE. National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) General Secretary Irvin Jim. Picture:Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it's considering forming a new independent labour federation. But only as a last resort.

Numsa says there is growing concern over a 'dysfunctional alliance' among its members.

The African National Congress (ANC) established a task team to sort out divisions within the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) shortly before the elections, but Numsa says the governing party is biased and supports one specific faction.

Numsa's Karl Cloete says the union will engage with the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) and independent registered unions and then assess if it should form a new labour federation.

"A democratic organisation like Numsa and its leadership must carry out the decisions of the organisation. If we fail to do so, our own members will put a vote of no confidence in us."

Numsa is still not sure if it will be expelled from Cosatu, after supporting the federation's general secretary during his sex scandal, saying Zwelinzima Vavi was unlawfully expelled.

The union has now c alled for the resignation of Cosatu P resident Sdumo Dlamini, saying he has brought the federation into disrepute.