Johannesburg – The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) on Friday rejected reports linking it to a yet-to-be established federation of trade unions, saying such an association would be an “ill-conceived formation”.
The municipal trade union, instead, reaffirmed its affiliation, and pledged allegiance, to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).
Samwu’s general secretary, Simon Mathe, in a statement said Samwu would never be part of an organisation which had been formed out of bitterness and anger.
A new trade union federation led by expelled Cosatu general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, would, according to recent reports, be launched in Tembisa, Johannesburg, on Workers Day, May 1. Vavi was kicked out of Cosatu in March 2015.
Samwu was named as one of unions set to join the new federation.