Cosatu spends next to nothing on skills development (but a fortune on all else)

Cosatu spent a mere R7849 on skills development in 2014.

The union’s financial report shows it spent R5-million in legal fees, mostly to fight its own divisive battles, according to Mail & Guardian.

The report says that more than R4-million was spent on vehicles, mostly for national office bearers.

About R424 000 was spent on housing allowances for office bearers. “Top leaders” received R3500 a month for “household needs” with water, rates and electricity costing R1800 on top of that.

Cosatu provides free accommodation for senior officials.

The union spent R4.5-million on political activities, chiefly on election campaigns to support the ANC and the SACP.

Only R58 359 was spent on workers’ issues, according to Mail & Guardian.

The union spent R30.2-million on staff in 2014 while overhead expenditure amounted to R28.8-million.

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