New trade union may change the face of the country, says Zwelinzima Vavi

Recruitment for the formation of a new trade union will start, following discussions at the Workers' Summit over the weekend.

According to former COSATU leader, Zwelinzima Vavi, the new trade union will focus on ensuring that companies provide workers with permanent jobs.

702's John Robbie spoke to trade unionist, Zwelinzima Vavi, regarding the matter.

Listen to the conversation below:

A giant step has been taken by 51 unions. I feel the earth moving. I suddenly have a hope that sometime in the near future, South Africa may have a different face.

Zwelinzima Vavi, trade unionist

I firmly believe that any democracy that does not have a strong and independent trade union movement , will not be a democracy for ordinary people.

Zwelinzima Vavi, trade unionist

Vavi shared more details on the need of a new trade union not affiliated to South Africa's majority party, African National Congress (ANC).

We put forward a document that would be a guiding document in terms of changing the lives of our people called the Reconstruction of Development Programme. It was dumped unceremoniously dumped in 1996, for GEAR. We soldiered on in a mistaken belief that the ANC government will have sympathy to the issues we were raising.

Zwelinzima Vavi, trade unionist

They [the Economic Freedom Fighters] are talking our language and we are listening. What the EFF is advancing is the same thing we were advancing together with them whilst they were in the ANC Youth League.

Zwelinzima Vavi, trade unionist
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