Malema: EFF plans union for working class

Malema: EFF plans union for working class

2014-04-13 13:17

Cape Town - Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema says his party is going to form its own union to fight for the interests of the working class, City Press reported on Sunday.

He said the EFF was the only vanguard for the poor and working class.

This after the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) agreed to call a truce with disgruntled union affiliates after ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa intervened to help prevent it from splitting.

“How can Irvin Jim and Zwelinzima Vavi listen to Ramaphosa, a billionaire, about how a union should conduct itself?" asked Malema.

"EFF is going to form its own union to fight for the working class.”

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement last week that Ramaphosa was heading an ANC task team to assist the labour union federation to resolve its internal problems.

The ANC will engage different unions affiliated to Cosatu to bring about peace.

Cosatu and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), which is the biggest bloc in the labour grouping with 330 000 members, has been at loggerheads since Vavi was suspended as general secretary.

At a special national congress last year, Numsa resolved not to support the ANC in the May elections, who it accused of pursuing pro-business policies.

Read the full City Press report here.

 - Fin24 with agencies

  • Michael Farrell - 2014-04-13 13:46

    Just a fall back scenario for Julias and his comrades at the top of EFF. What a beautiful plan to get rich doing no work as the leader of the new union! (<<

      Christi Vaughn Roestorff - 2014-04-13 14:09

      Just hedging his bet, if he can't sort his tax problems out he'll head a union with a constitution written in his favour.

  • Michael Farrell - 2014-04-13 13:47

    Just a fall back scenario for Julias and his comrades at the top of EFF. What a beautiful plan to get rich doing no work as the leader of the new union! (<<

  • Lucky Tiva - 2014-04-13 13:55

    its true that cyril intervened because he's buttered bread is in the union dominated sector.we need a union that is pro workers.

  • Ike Jakson - 2014-04-13 14:00

    Eish, Hulio means business.

  • Israel Jonathan - 2014-04-13 14:06

    Say what i do don't do what i say lol political sermon

  • drico.volschenk - 2014-04-13 14:12

    Club Izel

  • drico.volschenk - 2014-04-13 14:13

    Lief vir jou my skat soooo bai

  • Vusimuzi Khumalo - 2014-04-13 14:13

    I thought you already have AMCU you still needs some more?.There must be a lot of money there,i suppose.

  • Tlotlo Phele - 2014-04-13 14:18

    I have a different view, Ramaphosa is representing government and he has experience in trade unions, ANC made a wise decision by deploying him.

  • Douglas Gwanyanya - 2014-04-13 14:21

    Malema wants confusion so that he can benefit from the ensuing melee.

  • Mduduzi Mthethwa - 2014-04-13 14:25

    I'm with you Vusimuzi Khumalo. Some body plz remind Malema that Cyril is one of the ANC member who formed the new south african constitution that he(malema) is now enjoying dearly. How he studies going at Unisa? That's where he should put more energy on

  • Tizo Jiyane - 2014-04-13 14:28

    there is merit to this idea... signs that the world has gone crazy: Malema makes sense

  • Lucky Tiva - 2014-04-13 14:29

    i am ready to join and become an active member.i'll also mobilise the support here in the WCape.Time for change is upon us.

      Gawie Gorrel - 2014-04-13 20:55

      @Lucky You with the English name---you cannot join a union, you must be of the class actually working not the working class. Easy to call someone a racist when your arguments dry up, eh?

  • Mike Whyte - 2014-04-13 14:37

    Nobody likes work. Rather become a politician boss and watch and order others to work. If the working class was so clever and self-reliant we wouldn't have a need for a so-called employers' class.

  • Jason Marriott - 2014-04-13 21:23

    EFF determined to ruin this country so they can full fill with ambitions will their leaders.. its all about power and nothing to do with what will benefit South africa

  • Justin Pretorius - 2014-04-14 10:35

    Union fees = money = Malema's money How stupid can people be to believe this socialist nonsense

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