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Vol 55 No 20

Published 10th October 2014

South Africa

Labour movement schism deepens

The ANC's bid to hold together the trades union federation is failing amid plans for a leftist party

The efforts of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and other top officials in the African National Congress, such as ANC Deputy General Secretary Jessie Duarte, have made little headway in healing the political split in the Congress of South African Trade Unions. On one side is the Cosatu President, Sdumo Dlamini, and most of the public sector unions. On the other is the federation's General Secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, and blue-collar unions, including the largest affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA). The opposing factions are at daggers drawn.

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