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Vavi invites Cosatu to workers’ summit

The former general secretary of Cosatu says the summit aims to create one labour federation for SA.

FILE: Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Zwelinzima Vavi and unions supporting him have issued an open invitation to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) to take part in a workers summit, which they say aims to create one labour federation for the whole country.

At a briefing in Johannesburg today, the former general secretary of Cosatu was joined by four unions and five so-called splinter unions, to reflect on Cosatu's congress and the road ahead.

Vavi and Numsa have previously called for an alternative federation and say this will be decided at the workers summit early next year.

Vavi says a number of unions from different sectors are already taking part in preparations for the workers' summit.

"About 16 other independent unions forms part of the steering committee that is currently preparing."

But Vavi says the Cosatu leadership is not able to hear their cries for unity due to behind the scenes leadership battles.

"We need most of the 173 registered unions, including Cosatu to form part of the process to work with the steering committee. The invitation is open."

The summit is expected to take place early next year.