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Vavi: Unions boycotting CEC shouldn’t be ignored

Cosatu General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi is refusing to attend the three day meeting along with seven unions.

FILE: General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says it's wrong to ignore the members of unions who've decided to boycott Cosatu's Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting.

Vavi is refusing to attend the three day meeting along with seven unions who said they would only participate if the committee reversed its decision to expel the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa).

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.

He says the meeting shouldn't be going ahead and Cosatu leaders should be trying to speak to the seven unions.

"So that we can address whatever challenges together, ignoring them and continuously going on as if its business as usual, is not to act in the best interest of the members."

Cosatu president S'dumo Dlamini says the meeting is going ahead and any decisions made will be binding on all affiliates.

But with a third of affiliates and Vavi deliberately staying out of this meeting, questions have to be asked about whether they will ever return.