Numsa expelled from Cosatu
Numsa's exit from Cosatu was widely expected and the union walked out of the committee meeting.
JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has been expelled from Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), marking the first split of the worker federation since it was formed in 1985.
Numsa's exit from Cosatu was widely expected and the union walked out of the committee meeting after what it described as a restless debate.
But the metalworkers union will not accept its expulsion without fighting it in court.
Numsa's General Secretary Irvin Jim has insisted that the union's expulsion from Cosatu was predetermined.
"They didn't listen to anything that we said and we can confirm that there's no basis for dismissing Numsa."
But Jim says the union is determined to fight its expulsion in court.
"It's unfair and there's no logic to it except for political interference."
The general secretary has also hinted that Cosatu's general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi will follow Numsa out of the federation and tripartite alliance.
"It's possible Vavi will follow the same route that Numsa has followed."
An official briefing by Numsa's officials is due to take place tomorrow.
Click here to view Numsa's presentation.