Numsa pushes Nedlac to accept Saftu as member

Numsa and other Saftu affiliated trade unions held a protest outside Nedlac’s annual summit in Ekurhuleni on Friday.

FILE: The South African Federation of Trade Unions held its launch event on 23 April 2017. Picture:  Picture: Twitter/@SAFTU_media.

JOHANNESBURG – The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is pushing the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to accept newly formed South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) as a member.

Nedlac allows labour, business and other sectors of civil society to participate in the formulation of policies that directly affect them.

Numsa and other Saftu affiliated trade unions held a protest outside Nedlac’s annual summit in Ekurhuleni on Friday.

The union says Nedlac has no legitimacy if Saftu is not part of it.

Numsa first Deputy President Basil Cele said: “Ours is to fight issues that affect us as workers. We want to be part of this Nedlac; they’re saying since we’re still young, we’re four months old, we cannot form part of Nedlac and in our understanding, there is no policy that says that.”