Cosatu affiliates call for cancellation of CEC

An application to have a new metalworkers union brought into the fold will be tabled if the CEC goes ahead.

FILE: Cosatu leadership at Press conference at Cosatu House in Johannesburg on 11 November 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerein/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Seven affiliates assigned to the Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) have called on the federation to postpone today's Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting at which an application to have a new metalworkers union brought into the fold will be tabled.

The unions are campaigning for Numsa's expulsion to be reversed and for a special national congress to be called by Cosatu president S'dumo Dlamini.

The unions say the meeting needs to be postponed because the African National Congress (ANC) needs more time to unite warring factions.

Numsa's Irvin Jim says the Liberated Metalworkers Union of South Africa, (Limusa), is set to replace his union within Cosatu.

"They think you can just press workers and they will switch across to join Limusa. As to whether they will do that, I think they will, because I don't think they are thinking in the interest of the working class and the poor."

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.

Food and Allied Workers Union spokesperson say he is hopeful the ANC will allow it another opportunity to intervene.

Dlamini has confirmed Limusa's application is on the agenda.

The seven union say they will boycott the proceedings if this is not postponed.