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Fawu could leave Cosatu if congress gives the go ahead

The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) may end its relationship with trade federation Cosatu, depending on the outcome of a National Congress taking place in August.

Several provincial Fawu branches have proposed that a resolution be tabled on the matter during the annual congress.

Fawu General-Secretary Katishi Masemola says the proposal is not part of an anti-ANC agenda or plot to join another labour federation.

Masemola says members want to cut ties with Cosatu because of the conduct at the last two congresses held by the trade union federation.

They were not conducted in a manner that our members were happy with. That's why they are beginning to make this proposal.

Katishi Masemola, Food and Allied Workers Union General Secretary

Union members have taken issue with the factional tensions which have led to the removal of Zwelinzima Vavi and the expulsion of former Cosatu affiliate National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa).

The expulsion of Numsa as a Cosatu affiliate has weighed in heavily on the current sentiments expressed by our low-level structures.

Katishi Masemola, Food and Allied Workers Union General Secretary

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