Published: 23 May 2016.
Intro by: TSN Editor.
On May Day 2016 unions representing more than a million workers met and decided to take all necessary steps to create a new independent militant workers federation in South Africa. This move logically follows on from the expulsion by the pro-ANC Government Congress of South African Trade Unions of the radical National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa which The Socialist Network reported on 18 months ago. Below we print the stirring and forward-looking statement of this historic gathering…
“History was made in South Africa on 30 April 2016 when 1406 representatives of 29 separate trade unions and one existing federation, NACTU, with 22 affiliates, supported by a range of civil society and community organisations, came together to commit themselves to building a new, worker-controlled, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist, independent, financially self-sufficient, internationalist, socialist-orientated and militant union federation.