Workers easily misled - Cosatu

2012-09-18 13:04

Johannesburg - Workers are being easily misled by splinter unions, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Tuesday.

"(This raises) questions about the level of political education and organisational democracy in these unions," Vavi told delegates at the Congress of SA Trade Unions' (Cosatu) 11th national congress in Midrand, Johannesburg.

"Disgruntled leaders who have fallen foul of organisational discipline are mobilising support, using populist tactics and exploiting our organisational weaknesses."

He was referring to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the National Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Natawu).

"We have seen the potentially devastating impact of opportunistic splinter groups on the unity of workers, most graphically seen recently with the activities of Amcu, set up by a former Num leader in opposition to Num," said Vavi.

Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa was the branch chairman of the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) at BHP Billiton.

Vavi was delivering the Cosatu political report on the second day of the conference.

A source of the trade federation's problems was the lack of union education programmes.

The focus of Cosatu's organisation-building culture was diminished, he said.

Only a quarter of union members in the workers' survey had participated in a union educational programme, and just over a half had attended a union meeting in the past year.

Only 6% of workers knew who their union president and general secretary were.

"This is a disaster," said Vavi.

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  • neshclick - 2012-09-18 13:11

    Stupit vavi

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-09-18 13:21

      Cosatu have been misleading the workers for years. They hate competition.

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-09-18 13:13

    shame Vavi isn't that your job to mislead

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-09-18 13:16

    But Cosatu has been misleading their members for years. Like labour brokering, Cosatu wants to be running that show in full.

      lex.holmes2 - 2012-09-18 13:25

      Mr Vavi is probably the most qualified person in the country in the art of misleading people, so he should know??

  • wiscoh - 2012-09-18 13:22

    Scared of competition...u want to monopolize in mmisleading poor workers. All union r there 2 enrich themselves, they dnt giv a damn abwt workers anymore...

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-18 13:23

    And by you and the Cadres!

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-09-18 13:26

    True to form, pass the buck vavi !!

  • - 2012-09-18 13:30

    so Cosatu want the rights to misled the workers, Pathetic!

  • - 2012-09-18 13:33

    Vavi jy is a maal man,workers lost hope in Cosatu and Num,if u fail them and don't represent their interests what do u expect? They will join other unions that they believe will listen and address their issues,stop pointing fingers @ others and blame urself you bloody idiot!!!!!

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-18 13:36

    Not so fast Mr Vavi. You have had the majority for how long now,collecting millions-yet workers are still that ignorant? You are quick to point fingers at the other unions,when you and your union have been using some pretty shady tactics for years! If this lack of knowledge concerns you so much,then why not use some of the millions you take from the workers and educate them? Its clear now you have competition,who like you will get down and dirty. Live with it!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-18 13:41

    Cosatu been to busy else where to care about their people....they too busy climbing into bed with the ANC to even care of what is going on. Misleading the workers, yes, I agree....taking their money and they are getting no representation except calls for strikes and the workers lose out on pay. Until the Unions get out of bed with Government I dont believe the people will be properly respresented. They can save themselves a lot of money. Yes, in this instance the miners were misled and were incited to take up weapons.

  • Willie - 2012-09-18 13:47

    Vavi cosatu does not have monopoly of organising workers. Get it into your head this idea of supporting the ruling party is the cause of problems and hence formation of new unions.

  • bm.mb.507 - 2012-09-18 13:54

    Unions missleading everyone

  • majwarha.balakisi - 2012-09-18 13:54

    Its for the old Unions to start focusing on workers issues instead of fighting for ANC positions.

  • pierre.walt - 2012-09-18 14:00

    Easily misled? Tell me more ,tell me more (to the sound of Grease)

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