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NUM: Cosatu's divisions resolved

NUM says now that Zwelinzima Vavi is in office, the differences between top structures are resolved.

Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) House in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Picture: Janice Healing/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As seven Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) unions prepare to unveil their campaign to have National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) reinstated in the federation, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says divisions within Cosatu's top leadership have been resolved.

The seven affiliates will today announce their plans to get Numsa back into Cosatu after it was expelled by the federation's central committee late last year.

The unions are Food and Allied Workers' Union, South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union, Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa, South African Football Players Union, South African State and Allied Workers Union, Public and Allied Workers Union of South Africa and the Communication Workers Union.

They will today announce the rolling mass action planned in conjunction with the metalworker's union.

The unions sided with Numsa and Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi during in-fighting that's left the federation in paralysis.

The NUM's Peter Bailey says now that Vavi remains in office the differences between top structures have been resolved.

"There is no tension in Cosatu House because we meet the leadership frequently and there's nothing that shows tension."

Numsa was voted out of the trade union federation by 33 votes to 24 and the decision has since exposed the rift between rival affiliates.