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Vavi welcomes Fawu into the new federation

Fawu voted to join the new union federation at its 75th national congress in Limpopo last week.

Former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi briefed the media about the status of the new labour organisation. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has welcomed the Food and Allied Workers Union ( Fawu) into the new federation, saying other unions still affiliated to Cosatu are also on their way.

Fawu voted to join the new union federation at its 75th national congress in Limpopo last week.

It was amongst a group of nine Cosatu affiliates which were opposed to the expulsion of Vavi and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) from the federation.

Vavi earlier today briefed the media about the status of the new labour organisation.

Vavi says Fawu did the right thing by leaving Cosatu.

He says other unions inside Cosatu are also planning to join the new organisation.

Vavi says the new federation will bring together over 50 unions representing more than a million workers.

He says he expects the organisation to be fully functional in three weeks' time.