Numsa, Cosatu dispute still unresolved

Numsa says it still hasn’t met with an ANC task team over its dispute with Cosatu.

Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - With massive industrial action on the cards, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa ( Numsa) says it still hasn't met the African National Congress (ANC)'s team asked to broker a resolution to the dispute between it and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

Last month, Cosatu's central executive committee agreed to give the ANC one month to try and talk to both sides, to resolve their dispute over whether a special congress should be held.

But the deadline for that intervention is due to run out in the next few days and if no resolution is reached, Cosatu could expel Numsa.

The union's spokesperson Castro Ngobese says they haven't been able to arrange a suitable date with the ANC.

"We are prepared to meet with the task team of the ANC so that they can understand our reasons, particularly it relates to the paralysis that has emerged between Cosatu and also what becomes the way forward."