Numsa and Vavi supporters to call for expulsion discussions

Eight Cosatu unions say they will insist Numsa and Zwleinzima Vavi's expulsion from Cosatu be discussed.

FILE:  The leaders say all their unions are in good standing and they're convinced they will have enough support to win in a vote. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eight Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) unions say they will insist that National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and Zwelinzima Vavi's expulsion from the federation be discussed at the special national congress, and will raise the matter from the floor, if it's not on the agenda.

The unions say that unity and the election of new office bearers have been removed from the congress agenda by Cosatu's leadership.

They claim they have enough support among the rank and file members of Cosatu's affiliates and say leaders sympathetic to bosses will be exposed once it's convened in two weeks' time.

The Communication Workers Union's Aubrey Tshabalala says if Numsa and Vavi don't form part of the discussion at the congress it could have serious implications.

"They claim to be promoting unity but they are doing the very opposite and are turning the congress into an implosion."

Tshabalala says the attendance of the eight unions will be in protest to Cosatu CEC decisions.

"We shall attend and participate in the special national congress but we'll register a strong protest as an attempt to deny membership their right to have a robust debate on serious challenges facing the federation."

The leaders say all their unions are in good standing and they're convinced they will have enough support to win in a vote.

The special national congress is scheduled for 13 and 14 July.

NUMSA EXPELLED FROM COSATU

Last year, Numsa was expelled from Cosatu, marking the first split of the worker federation since it was formed in 1985.

Numsa's exit from Cosatu was widely expected and the union walked out of the committee meeting after what it described as a restless debate.

Numsa's General Secretary Irvin Jim insisted that the union's expulsion from Cosatu was predetermined.

VAVI AXED FROM COSATU

Earlier this year, Cosatu's CEC voted 31 votes to one, to fire Vavi.

The trade union federation dismissed Vavi for what it said was gross misconduct and ill-discipline.

The gross misconduct included missing three meetings without a valid reason, bringing the federation into disrepute and sowing divisions among its affiliates.

He told his supporters not to mourn but to mobilise, several unions claimed his dismissal is proof the voice of the worker in the trade union federation has been muzzled.

Last year, Numsa was expelled from Cosatu, marking the first split of the worker federation since it was formed in 1985.

Numsa's exit from Cosatu was widely expected and the union walked out of the committee meeting after what it described as a restless debate.

Numsa's General Secretary Irvin Jim insisted that the union's expulsion from Cosatu was predetermined.

VAVI AXED FROM COSATU

Earlier this year, Cosatu's CEC voted 31 votes to one, to fire Vavi.

The trade union federation dismissed Vavi for what it said was gross misconduct and ill-discipline.

The gross misconduct included missing three meetings without a valid reason, bringing the federation into disrepute and sowing divisions among its affiliates.

He told his supporters not to mourn but to mobilise, several unions claimed his dismissal is proof the voice of the worker in the trade union federation has been muzzled.