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Cosatu concerned for the wellbeing of Numsa members

Zingiswa Losi addressed SACP members in Cape Town today.

Cosatu's Second Deputy President Zingiswa Losi. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

CAOE TOWN - Cosatu's Zingiswa Losi says the biggest concern following the expulsion of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is the wellbeing of their members.

The expulsion follows two years of debilitating factional battles in the federation over the recruitment of each other's members and Numsa's withdrawal of support for the ANC.

Numsa is the largest union with a reported 350,000 strong membership.

Despite months of intervention by the ANC to quell tensions between Numsa and Cosatu leaders, their efforts fell flat, when a decision was taken to expell the union on 8 November.

Losi addressed South African Communist Party (SACP) members in Cape Town on the matter earlier today.

"We believe that any worker, not unionised under an affiliate of Cosatu, is not unionised. So what we want is the unity of workers including the metalworkers."