New federation says its focus will be the 70% non unionised workforce

The first ever workers’ summit scheduled to take place this weekend in Boksburg will deliberate on the formation of the new federation.

More than 50 unions, including AMCU, Numsa and some of Cosatu affiliates will meet to discuss how to get South African workers who have chosen not to be part of the unions to join the new federation.

Currently, more than 70% of the entire workforce in the country doesn't belong to any unions. This means that the 187 registered unions, and 300 waiting for confirmation of registration, are competing for only 26% of the workforce.

Xolani Gwala spoke to Govan Whittles, EWN reporter following the story, about the purpose of the new federation.

What's also happening with the South African workforce is that more people are falling into the category of skilled labour and middle management. I have spoken to Union Solidarity and they say what they find is that as soon as people become more skilled and get to managerial roles, they leave unions. So the workers' summit will deliberate on how to get those people in unions.

Govan Whittles, EWN reporter

The new federation says it wants to get to the space where its main focus is ununionised workers, so that it does not compete with the likes of Cosatu and its affiliates.

Govan Whittles, EWN reporter

Listen to the conversation between Xolani and Govan below...

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