Cosatu members gearing up for May Day rally

Simultaneous rallies by opposing labour movements are starting in different parts of the country.

There are around 2,000 Cosatu members already at Mohlakeng Stadium for Gauteng rally. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Simultaneous rallies by opposing labour movements are starting in different parts of the country today.

In Durban people have started gathering for one march by Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and another organised by its expelled affiliate National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) with the unions that support it.

In Gauteng Numsa will also march through Johannesburg's CBD while Cosatu affiliates have planned a rally at the Mohlakeng Stadium.

Thousands of Cosatu members arrived at the stadium where a Workers Day rally is planned.

The trade union federation's members from affiliates that supported the expulsion of Numsa are in large numbers for the May Day rally.

Many of them are holding up posters with the words "one federation one country".

The gathering will be addressed by African National Congress, South African Communist Party and Cosatu leaders.

Many of the same unions that attended a march by public sector workers last week are in attendance.

But it remains to be seen if unions loyal to dismissed general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and those who opposed Numsa's expulsion will attend this rally.