Cosatu split

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Tweefo (November 11, 2014, 08:08:33 AM):
I've lost the plot somewhere. Why did NUMSA left Cosatu? From my (very small and not well informed) view point it looks good. Organized labor is far too powerful and by splitting the alliance they are doing the country a favor. Or do I miss the point?
Mefiante (November 11, 2014, 09:06:15 AM):
The first paragraph of this article explains why Cosatu expelled Numsa. It goes on to examine the possible consequences.

'Luthon64
Tweefo (November 11, 2014, 10:02:18 AM):
But if Casatu, as a unit, could not get entirely what it want how will Numsa get it? Or is it more like, with Cosatu in the government's control, they could not get it all? That the government toned them down, so to speak? Are their demands now going to be totally ridiculous?
cr1t (November 11, 2014, 10:10:09 AM):
I think Numsa will now go to court and the court will probably over turn the expulsion.

What happens next will be interesting.

But either way this is damaging to any cosatu and what it will be after it all ends will be interesting to see.
Mefiante (November 11, 2014, 10:33:07 AM):
I think you misunderstand what has happened. Cosatu, the SACP and the ANC formed the so-called Tripartite Alliance which basically ensured that the ANC would be the political party of choice. That is, Cosatu and SACP members were encouraged to vote for the ANC.

Until its expulsion from Cosatu, Numsa, a very large trade union, was one of many trade unions and labour organisations that formed part of Cosatu. About a year ago, Numsa leadership decided that the ANC’s social and economic policies weren’t socialist enough and not sufficiently geared towards helping the poor. Cosatu disagreed and Numsa continued a strike over a protracted period. After much to and fro over the issue of government policies, Cosatu voted in favour of expelling Numsa from its ranks.

You must also remember that historically in SA, labour organisations were at least as much political instruments as trade unions in the traditional sense, an attribute they have unfortunately retained to the present day because the ANC feared that alienating the unions by stripping them of political power would cost it votes.

Anyway, Numsa might now start a political party of its own, one that is politically to the left of the ANC, diluting the ANC vote. Another option is that Numsa will back the EFF. The rest of the Tripartite Alliance remains intact for now, so it’s unlikely that Cosatu member unions will start making ridiculous demands. However, Numsa may well do so.

'Luthon64

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