Friedman speaks out about the new trade union federation

Former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, Numsa and several allies plan to form a new trade union federation to rival Cosatu.

Weekend Breakfast's Africa Melane on Saturday spoke to Professor Steven Friedman about this initiative and asked if there is room for another labour umbrella body.

Listen to the conversation below...

I think it will be very healthy for those million workers who are currently members of Cosatu to have a choice they haven't heard for a very long time.

Steven Friedman, political analyst and director for the Center for the Study of Democracy.

It's not what we often hear that they are too busy playing political games, it's that they are very often too busy looking after themselves to pay any attention to workers.

Steven Friedman, political analyst and director for the Center for the Study of Democracy.

If you know as a union leader that if you don't look after your members they are gonna walk over to somebody else, that's a wake up call. You gonna start paying attention.

Steven Friedman, political analyst and director for the Center for the Study of Democracy.

This article first appeared on 702 : Friedman speaks out about the new trade union federation


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