‘No Cosatu without Numsa’

The union’s allies also called on federation President Sidumo Dlamini to step down.

FILE: Tough questions about the stand off between rival factions within Cosatu. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Seven unions supporting the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) say they won't take part in any talks to bring about unity within the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

This unless the metalworkers' union is reinstated.

Numsa, the country's largest union, was expelled from the federation earlier this month.

The union's allies on Thursday rejected the recent special central executive committee decision, where Cosatu leaders and the ANC decided to pursue another political mediation process.

The seven unions called on federation President Sidumo Dlamini to step down and added there could be no Cosatu without Numsa.

The unions reaffirmed their support for Numsa and said they would be challenging the expulsion in court.

The allies also demanded the endorsement of Zingiswa Losi as second deputy president of Cosatu be revoked.

Meanwhile, the ANC earlier reported back on a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held at the weekend.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the party was deeply concerned by the problems facing Cosatu and its affiliates, following Numsa's expulsion.

"Let us welcome the report of the task team and let's commend them on the work they have done to engage Cosatu."

Mantashe says an ANC task team must work hard to create unity and cohesion in the trade union federation.

"The ANC will engage its alliance partners to be part of the effort to forge unity within Cosatu."

Numsa was voted out of Cosatu by 33 votes to 24 in a decision that exposed rifts between rival affiliates.