New labour federation, South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU), is currently holding its founding congress in Boksburg, Gauteng.
The politically independent federation is led by the former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) secretary general, Zwelinzima Vavi.
Former Cosatu unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), are the new federation’s largest affiliates.
According EWN reporter Clement Manyathela, there are about 24 unions that have joined under the federation.
Zwelinzima Vavi says one of the things that the movement will be known for, will be fighting for the rights of workers.— Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter
Vavi says Cosatu is too involved in fighting ANC's factional battles and forgotten about the rights of workers.
He says the federation will reject the proposed R3500 a month minimum wage.
He says government and business can do more to offer good wages for employees.— Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter
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This article first appeared on 702 : Vavi's new union federation is worker focused rather than political