Unions face deregistration

2012-08-15 16:05

Johannesburg - Cosatu declined to comment on Wednesday about a media report that most of its affiliate unions had not submitted audited financial statements and membership figures since 2009.

"I won't be able to comment on that right now. There will be a press conference tomorrow in response to the article," spokesperson Patrick Craven said.

The Sowetan reported that only two of the trade union federation's members complied with the Labour Relations Act, which requires unions to submit audited financial statements, membership figures and lists of office bearers by March 31.

Of Cosatu's 20 affiliates, only the National Union of Mineworkers and the SA Society of Bank Officials had submitted all the documents.

Close to 1.7 million workers, members of the 16 unions that face deregistration, could lose their bargaining power, the newspaper reported.

The SA Democratic Nurses Union and the Communication Workers Union have already been deregistered.

Congress of SA Trade Unions spokesperson Phindile Kunene told the publication it was aware of the registrar's report pointing to non-compliance.

"This will be a big issue for debate in our congress next month," she said.

"The federation feels that the registrar has been overzealous in reaching the conclusion about non-compliance."

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  • sisie.indola - 2012-08-15 16:21

    This is the best news i have heard all day. It's about they deregistered the unions.

      peter.english.756 - 2012-08-15 17:30

      although Unions some times demand to much, without unions, big corporations would bully workers, who do not have the money to have legal representation.

      Gideon - 2012-08-15 19:19

      Petet, who's fault is it if the unions are incompitent and corrupt?

  • oom.koos.7 - 2012-08-15 16:46


  • rickvcooper - 2012-08-15 16:53

    Somebody tell the wekka's that they don't have to pay money to a union to be able to riot and throw bricks.

  • rick.kabose - 2012-08-15 16:55

    April fools kind of stuff , they will just make the country "ungovernable"

      EricksonTL - 2012-08-15 17:02

      As opposed to just 'ungoverned?'

      mofstok - 2012-08-15 17:08

      Let them try and make the country ungovernable. I am sick of bending over backwards because everyone is scared of the unions. They will not succeed.

  • jason.children - 2012-08-15 17:02

    "The federation feels that the registrar has been overzealous in reaching the conclusion about non-compliance." Im sure being NON compliant is pretty straight forward. Hey if you dont provide audited financials by the 31st of March you are NON compliant. 1st of June, No financials??? guess what.............thats right NON compliant LMAO

      jason.children - 2012-08-15 17:03

      APRIL 1st APRIL LOL I would also be NON compliant! EPIC fail!

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-08-15 17:07


  • KennySven - 2012-08-15 17:14

    We must not allow them to deregister us the unions,if they do this, how will we get money from the stupid workers? Who is making the stupid workers to clever, the DA?that Zellie to clever she makes our stupid workers wake up.

      brink.pierre - 2012-08-15 17:26

      Ha! Ha!

  • rudie.stoltz - 2012-08-15 17:32

    yayness !!!!!!!

  • - 2012-08-15 18:16

    Deregister Cosatu and all the chaos will disappear.

      EricksonTL - 2012-08-15 19:08

      Can we delete... I mean deregister the ANC too? Pretty please?

  • Pridie Makoya Mnguni - 2012-08-15 18:31

    Labour laws too strict in SA nd not attracting investment. It is impossible to dismiss an incompetent worker here. atleast if they go ahead with that there will be peace in the streets, no violent protests

  • matthew.patrick.925 - 2012-08-15 19:29

    Please, please, please deregister them. The unions are crippling the mining and metal industries in this country.

  • kseyffert - 2012-08-15 19:47

    Since 2009, overzealous, Are you stupid?

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-08-15 20:41

      My thoughts exactly!!

  • Christi Vaughn Roestorff - 2012-08-15 19:57

    Apparently unionized labour earns 30% more than non-unionized, unemployment rate is around 30%, do the math!

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-15 20:32

    These unions have destroyed SA

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