Cosatu: 'Trade unions are fighting each other for no reason'

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) National Spokesperson Sizwe Pamla says the federation is united and they are calling for the unity of the working class.

Pamla says workers need to unite n order to conquer the challenges that they face throughout all sectors.

We are struggling as unions in this country. When you look at the fact that we only organised 30% of the workforce. And on top of that we tend to fight each other and have unnecessary arguments and at the same time the employers are getting away with a lot.

Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu National Spokesperson

READ: Political Desk: 'Cosatu has not recovered from it's internal challenges'

Pamla says all trade unions have failed to organise the farming and domestic workers sectors and they are the biggest beneficiaries of the proposed minimum wage.

When you look at the farming sector, this is a sector that has almost been abandoned by the trade union movement.

Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu National Spokesperson

Meanwhile, SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says there is a special Saftu clause at National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) which stipulates that a union must have existed for two years before it is admitted at Nedlac.

READ: Saftu: 'Workers who can't strike are irrelevant workers'

It is specially designed to keep Saftu out of Nedlac for two years and want trade unions to signs these sweetheart deals behind the backs of the workers.

Zwelinzima Vavi, Saftu General Secretary

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