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Numsa to consult with other Cosatu affiliates

Numsa will now consult with eight Cosatu affiliates that supported its call for a special national congress.

FILE: Numsa says it will now consult with the eight Cosatu affiliates that supported its call for a special national congress. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)'s Irvin Jim says the union will now consult with the eight Congress South African Trade Union (Cosatu) affiliates that supported its call for a special national congress.

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

A briefing by the metalworkers union officials is due to take place tomorrow.

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."

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

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.

Click here to view Numsa's presentation.