New trade union federation to launch in May

Zwelinzima Vavi is spearheading the formation of the federation alongside leaders of breakaway unions.

Zwelinzima Vavi, through a camera viewfinder, he says he won't be appealing his Cosatu dismissal. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Trade union leaders behind the formation of an alternative federation say they will formally launch the new structure on 1 May this year after provincial workers summit meetings across the country.

Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) senior leader, Zwelinzima Vavi, is spearheading the formation of the federation and yesterday briefed the media alongside leaders of breakaway unions and other Cosatu affiliates.

The move to establish the workers movement follows Vavi and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)'s expulsion from Cosatu in 2014.

Vavi said their federation will mark a new day for South African workers.

"Workers are crying out for an independent, fighting of organisation that works with the civil society that have ties with other trade unions fighting the same course all over the world that are not just politically independent."