ANC to meet Cosatu over Numsa

The ANC will today meet with Cosatu to discuss its dispute with the metalworkers’ union.

The ANC's Cyril Ramaphosa and his team will today meet with Cosatu to discuss its dispute with the metalworkers’ union. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - As hundreds of thousands of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) members fight for higher wages in the metals and automotive sectors, the trade union's battle with parent federation Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is back in the spotlight.

The African National Congress (ANC) is expected to meet with Cosatu today, to discuss the dispute.

The meeting is due to take place despite the ruling party not yet having met with officials from Numsa, as Cosatu mulls over expelling the union for withdrawing its support for the ANC.

In May, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa asked Cosatu's central executive committee to take no action against Numsa for one month, to give him and his team time to try and resolve the dispute.

While no one will confirm on record that this meeting is in fact going ahead, it's understood the ANC's task team is supposed to update Cosatu's leadership on the progress it's made with Numsa in resolving this dispute.

But the team has not yet met with the metalworkers' union and may only do so this weekend.

This means today's meeting may see the ANC ask for yet more time before Cosatu makes any decision on Numsa's future.

However, several people close to this process say this is simply delaying the inevitable and that Cosatu will split.