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Numsa commends Fawu for leaving Cosatu

Numsa’s Patrick Craven says Cosatu is no longer effective voice of the workers.

FILE: Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has congratulated the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) on what it calls a historic decision to disaffiliate from federation Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

Fawu announced its decision to leave the federation on Wednesday at Numsa's national congress in Limpopo saying the resolution taken is irreversible.

It has also fought consistently against Cosatu's expulsion of Numsa and the dismissal of Zwelinzima Vavi.

Numsa's Patrick Craven says trade union federation is no longer effective voice of the workers.

"We hope Fawu will join Numsa and other unions in forming the new federation which is already in the process of being created and we will do what Cosatu was originally set up to do."