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Numsa: United Front not a political party

The workers' union has convened a people’s assembly this weekend to discuss challenges.

FILE: Numsa has slammed the media for labeling the united front a political party. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) says the United Front due to be launched early next year next year is not a political party.

The workers' union has convened a people's assembly this weekend to discuss the purpose of the movement and the challenges facing the working class.

Numsa has slammed the media for labeling the united front a political party.

This comes days after the union was criticised for hosting a failed United Front launch.

Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim says the movement will be united in its struggle for socialism.

He says the united front is a democratic umbrella body committed to fighting neoliberalism and implementing the Freedom Charter.

Jim also says Cosatu must break from the ANC-led alliance if it is to free the working class from privatisation and greed.

Numsa President Andrew Chirwa says the launch of the United Front will usher a new dawn of true democracy.

Among the delegation is former African National Congress Member of Parliament Ronnie Kasrils and various religious groups.

Numsa was voted out of the Congress of South African Trade Unions last month by 33 votes to 24 and the decision has since exposed the rift between rival affiliates.

Eight of Numsa's allies in Cosatu subsequently refused to take part in the federation's meetings and have warned that if the metalworkers do not return to the fold, a mass walkout is on the cards.

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