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

Listen to the full interviews below:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Political Desk: 'Cosatu has not recovered from it's internal challenges'

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

Professor Somadado Fikeni analyses the state of trade unions in South Africa on Worker's Day.

'Secret ballot' amendment seeks to divide and rule: Saftu

'Secret ballot' amendment seeks to divide and rule: Saftu

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) says it is opposed to amendments of secret ballot clause.

'Saftu's strike has proven that it can exist and thrive outside Cosatu'

'Saftu's strike has proven that it can exist and thrive outside Cosatu'

Labour analyst Mamokgethi Molopyane says Saftu has now occupied the space left open by Cosatu.

Minimum wages are effective when economies are growing fast - Dr Iraj Abedian

Minimum wages are effective when economies are growing fast - Dr Iraj Abedian

Pan-African Investments and Research Services CEO Dr Iraj Abedian on what we should know about the impact of the minimum wage.

#SaftuStrike in Joburg CBD peaceful, only a few dirt bins knocked over - JMPD

#SaftuStrike in Joburg CBD peaceful, only a few dirt bins knocked over - JMPD

JMPD spokesperson Edna Mamonyane says the march has been peaceful since it began on Wednesday morning.

Economist: Lost production days more damaging given current economic doldrums

Economist: Lost production days more damaging given current economic doldrums

Econometrix economist Sam Rolland discusses the impact of the national strike on the South African economy.

#SaftuStrike: 'Ramaphosa is serving the interest of big businesses'

#SaftuStrike: 'Ramaphosa is serving the interest of big businesses'

Saftu spokesperson Patrick Craven and Gauteng Right2Know's Meshengu Tshabalala give an update on the Saftu strike.

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

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

Saftu's Zwelinzima Vavi and labour analyst Terry Bell speak ahead of the nationwide strike.

Political Desk: 'New dawn doesn't speak much of local government'

Political Desk: 'New dawn doesn't speak much of local government'

Political analyst Lukhona Mnguni says national government is neglecting local government.

Popular articles
Maponya Mall delivers another nailbiting round of live Brain action

Maponya Mall delivers another nailbiting round of live Brain action

The Dis-Chem Brain of 702 never disappoints in the flesh. But your chance to witness it live is running out.

[WATCH] Genius boys creating wire car with working radio goes viral

[WATCH] Genius boys creating wire car with working radio goes viral

Khabazela shares some of the videos that went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

[WATCH] Stranger Things Season 4 trailer has social media excited

[WATCH] Stranger Things Season 4 trailer has social media excited

Khabazela shares some of the videos that went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

Dad making a template for buying toaster has social media in stitches

Dad making a template for buying toaster has social media in stitches

Khabazela shares some of the videos that went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

Timing of allegations against Mkhwebane questionable - Public Protector Office

Timing of allegations against Mkhwebane questionable - Public Protector Office

Spokesperson Oupa Segalwe says Sphelo Samuel disclosures are not made in good faith as he is facing disciplinary action.

 28 attacks in Mozambican Cabo Delgado by suspected Islamists

28 attacks in Mozambican Cabo Delgado by suspected Islamists

Institute of Security Studies senior researcher Liesl Louw-Vaudran says this insurgency has also led to 400 people being killed.

Africa needs activists, not leaders: Meet SA's AU youth council member

Africa needs activists, not leaders: Meet SA's AU youth council member

Listen to insights from Shakira Choonara - award-winning, internationally recognised youth and healthcare activist.

EFF wants 'apartheid denialist' de Klerk prosecuted and Nobel Prize withdrawn

EFF wants 'apartheid denialist' de Klerk prosecuted and Nobel Prize withdrawn

The EFF responds to FW de Klerk Foundation statement after demanding the former president's removal from Parliament during Sona.

Eskom shifts load shedding to stage 2

Eskom shifts load shedding to stage 2

Stage 2 load shedding is in force from 9 am on Sunday.

Me-time, partner time and parenting - finding the right balance

Me-time, partner time and parenting - finding the right balance

Parenting expert Nikki Bush has advice on balancing everyone's needs amid the demands of busy family lives.