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SALB Vol 37 Number 4, October/November 2013
ight Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) affiliates have called for a special congress to deal with issues that have paralysed the federation. These included what they see as failure to implement the resolutions of the 11th Congress and to reverse the suspension of the general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. This crisis changes the outlook of Cosatu, writes Sakhela Buhlungu who argues that the rupture started with loss of support of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on the Rustenburg platinum belt, which was followed by the ‘palace coup’ in which Vavi was suspended, and court challenges won by workers that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) did not represent them on time.
Farewell to innocence! Dilemmas and turning points for Cosatu
Recent events at the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) show that there is nothing unique about the federation anymore. After Marikana and having to deal with unhappy workers, as well as organisational stress, unions and their leaders face the same problem as everybody else, writes Sakhela Buhlungu.
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