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COSATU sends greetings to NUMSA Special Congress

17 December 2013

The Congress of South African Trade Unions sends greetings to the Special Congress of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), which opens today in Boksburg.

We hope delegates will have a thorough debate on the critical issues on their agenda, guided by the founding principles of the union and the federation, namely to:

  • Organise the unorganised workers and build effective trade unions based on the democratic organization of workers in workplaces;
  • Organise national industrial trade unions, one union one industry;
  • Unify national industrial unions under COSATU`s leadership;
  • Combat division among workers and unite them into strong and confident working class formations; and
  • Emerge united and strong.

COSATU National Office Bearers have not been invited to address the special congress. Although it is not a constitutional requirement, it has been the custom and practice for years for the NOBs to be invited to address NUMSA and other affiliates` congresses and other important meetings.

The Federation respects the autonomy of affiliates but affiliates must abide by the COSATU constitution and policies of the Federation.

Forward to a strong, united NUMSA!
Forward to a strong, united COSATU!

Patrick Craven (National Spokesperson)
Congress of South African Trade Unions
110 Jorissen Cnr Simmonds Streets
Braamfontein
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