'Numsa expulsion should activate a revolution'

Irvin Jim says while Numsa has been dealt a blow it should mark the start of a new revolution.

FILE: Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says no amount of logical argument could convince affiliates not to expel it from Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

The metalworkers union was expelled from the trade union federation by 33 votes to 24 in a special Cosatu Central Executive Committee meeting overnight.

The meeting started at 10am yesterday but a decision was only taken shortly after 1am this morning.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim says despite a lengthy presentation based on logic and facts, the metalworkers union's rival faction in Cosatu has succeeded in booting out Numsa.

Jim says while worker unity has been dealt a blow it should mark the start of a new revolution.

"It's a dark day for the unity of workers but it should activate a revolution to move forward."

He says the union will now consult with the eight other Cosatu affiliates that supported its call for a special national congress, on what will happen next.

Earlier, Jim said the union is determined to fight its expulsion in court.

An official briefing by Numsa's officials is due to take place tomorrow.

Click here to view Numsa's presentation.