Numsa convenes people's assembly

It comes days after the union was slammed for hosting a failed United Front launch.

Delegates attend the Numsa people's assembly on 13 December 2014. Picture: Emily Corke/Numsa.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has convened a people's assembly today to address a coalition of workers unions and other organisations.

It comes days after the union was slammed for hosting a failed United Front launch.

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

Chirwa is speaking at a people's assembly of gathered workers, unions and civic organisations.

The weekend-long assembly will discuss the purpose of the movement and the challenges facing the working class.

Chirwa stressed the united front was about the struggle for socialism and not about political affiliations.

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.