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Congress  |  Declarations

Declaration on the Alliance

Adopted by COSATU Special Congress, 20 August 1999

THE NEED FOR MAXIMUM UNITY WITHIN THE ALLIANCE

This Special Congress notes that:

  • It is becoming a trend that we are rebuked in our congresses;

  • In the process we get projected as the party that is ill-disciplined within the alliance;

  • We are told to raise issues within the structures while we are rebuked in front of media cameras;

  • We believe that this should be ended;

  • The relevance of the Alliance is raised frequently.

We should accept and reaffirm that:

  1. There is a revolutionary strategic alliance of the ANC, SACP and COSATU;

  2. During the NDR phase the alliance is led by the ANC;

  3. The relationship is amongst 3 independent, equal partners;

  4. The essence of the relationship is trust and sharing of a common vision and objectives;

Therefore resolve that:

  1. We need to strengthen the alliance.

  2. Within the alliance COSATU will continue raising workers` problems and concerns.

  3. When unions in the public sector raise issues with the State as an employer that should be understood as the essence of trade unionism. This will continue.

  4. The ANC as the leader of the Alliance should convene regular Alliance Summits to deal with issues. Cancelling Alliance Summits as they wish without taking the allies on board is contributing to weakening the Alliance.

  5. The relevance and effectiveness of the Alliance should be raised in the first Alliance Summit that should be convened urgently.

  6. The ANC should make a clear distinction between the role of Government and the ANC as Alliance partners. A dispute between public sector unions and the government as an employer should not be interpreted to mean there is a crisis within the Alliance.

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