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Statement by Mbhazima Shilowa, COSATU General Secretary March 11 1997 The test to be applied to tomorrows budget, and indeed future budgets, is the extent to which it is being used as an instrument...
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
At 9:00 on Wednesday morning, only a few people in union T-shirts sat in the shade in Johannesburg's Mary Fitzgerald Square, the listed starting point in the city for Cosatu's protected...
Author: Bheki C. Simelane and Greg Nicolson
Archive Type: Articles
February 6, 1998 COSATU has noted the contents of President Mandela's speech presented in parliament this morning, and intends analysing it in detail. This statement therefore constitutes an initial...
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
22 June 1998 Chairperson Leadership of our revolutionary Federation, COSATU Distinguished guest from our Alliance Partners and MDM Former COSATU leaders serving in the National and Provincial...
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28 September, 1995 The COSATU CEC held its bi-annual meeting from 25-27 September 1995. The meeting took place against the background of the conclusion of the negotiations on the LRA, continued...
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Seven of the expelled union's allies – the South African Commercial Clothing and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu), Communications Workers Union (CWU), Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), South...
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COSATU PRESS CONFERENCE 25 OCT. 1995 COSATU Central Executive Committee held a strategy workshop on the 23 - 24 Oct. 1995 to deal with critical issues relating to the political, social and economic...
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There is probably no one alive today with the intimate knowledge of all the organisations of the alliance that Gwede Mantashe possesses. He’s been Chair of the SACP, Secretary General of the...
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ADDRESS BY SAM SHILOWA COSATU GENERAL SECRETARY ON THE OCCASION OF COSATU's 10TH ANNIVERSARY Deputy President Thabo Mbeki Comrade Charles Nqakula Leadership of the tripartite alliance Veterans of the...
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From: Lessons of the 1950s By Richard Monroe, March-May 1984 Chapter 6 - The Birth of SACTU The formation of a trade union federation based on the African workers and upholding clear principles of...
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It must now surely be official.With a whimper rather than a bang, Cosatu is an ex-trade union federation; it has shuffled off its mortal coil. It’s over. Now, all that’s left is the...
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Declaration The conference took place against the background of the Government's adoption of GEAR, its impact on social spending and failure to create jobs, the deadlock in negotiations over the...
Publication date: 02 July 1997
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
COSATU SPECIAL EXCO PRESS STATEMENT ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROCESS. The COSATU Executive Committee met in a special session today. (04.05.96) The Executive Committee received a report on the...
Publication date: 04 MAY 1996
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
Draft Discussion Document COSATU Congress `99 continued labour market transformation and programmes to see to the implementation of new labour legislation, right-sizing of the public service...
Publication date: 1 August 1999
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On December 2 this year, thousands of workers will gather in Durban, the birth place of COSATU, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Federation. This will be an occasion of celebration not only...
Publication date: 1 December 1995
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
How soon we forget! Tomorrow, business will appear before the TRC (hopefully) to disclose fully their relationship with the apartheid regime, how they willfully supported apartheid laws such as the...
Publication date: 10 November 1997
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
Joint Press Statement The national leadership structures of the SACP and COSATU met today in an extensive, all-day bilateral. The SACP delegation was led by the general secretary, Charles Nqakula,...
Publication date: 12 February 1998
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
Chairperson, allow me to congratulate you on your election as chair as well as salute the Director General who have put together a report which takes account of the debate about the challenges faced...
Publication date: 12 June 1997
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
1. INTRODUCTION As a preliminary response to today's budget, COSATU acknowledges that it has both positive and negative elements. We believe that the positive elements could have been strengthened,...
Publication date: 12 March 1997
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
COSATU PRESS STATEMENT RE: MINISTER OF LABOUR GREEN PAPER ON POLICY PROPOSALS FOR A NEW EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS STATUTE COSATU welcomes the green paper announced by the Minister of Labour today, (13.02....
Publication date: 13 February 1996
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
COSATU has noted the African National Congress NEC's decisions on the Basic Conditions of Employment as reflected in the statement dated 14 July 1997. COSATU is disappointed at the threats to...
Publication date: 14 July 1997
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
The Façade Finally Falls For the longest time, the national office bearers of Cosatu insisted that they have a firm grip on the federation. After the expulsion of metalworkers union Numsa and the...
Publication date: 14 July 2015
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The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is one of the nine Cosatu-affiliated trade unions, which in May 2013 called for a Special National Congress (SNC) of the federation in order...
Publication date: 14 July 2015
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The Tripartite Alliance of the ANC, SACP and COSATU yesterday held a meeting on the Basic Conditions of Employment Bill. This is one of a series of meetings held over the past few weeks at various...
Publication date: 15 August 1997
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
Numsa, Vavi walloped Dissidents in Cosatu backing expelled metalworkers union Numsa and the ousted general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi believed that, had they secured a vote by secret ballot on...
Publication date: 15 July 2015
Archive Type: Articles
"Employment Creation " In April 1994, South Africans of all walks of life went to the first ever democratic elections to bring about a new political dispensation. In these elections, the...
Publication date: 15-17 May 1997
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
It is no exaggeration to say South Africa is in the midst of the most important political development since 1994. The decision by the majority of the executive of union federation Cosatu to expel...
Publication date: 17 November 2014
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The Challenges of the Tripartite Alliance beyond the Basic Victory of 1994 Today once again we gather to affirm and celebrate one of the Alliance partners and its ever growing record of service to...
Publication date: 18 August 1999
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
Chairperson  Delegates from affiliated unions Distinguished guests from the Alliance partners Distinguished guests from the Mass Democratic Movement and Labour Service Organisations Former...
Publication date: 18 August 1999
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
Last Friday marked the 97th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, the day when an uprising of Russian workers and leftist activists led to the establishment of the world’s first socialist...
Publication date: 18 November 2014
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A Cosatu that is dominated by the public sector will fail workers on the shop floor ‘A giant is born today. Let no one stand in its way.” So said Cyril Ramaphosa at the launch of the...
Publication date: 18 November 2014
Archive Type: Articles
Adopted by COSATU Special Congress The Alliance emerged from the elections more united and committed to accelerating social transformation. The decisive election victory and the diminishing strength...
Publication date: 19 August 1999
Archive Type: Official or Original Documents
Today marked the beginning of a process of mobilisation against privatisation in support of labour's demands as presented to the government. Workers who were present at their workplaces embarked on a...
Publication date: 19 December 1995
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
Today's National Day of Action was the largest mass demonstration seen in the country since the rolling mass action campaign of August 1992. That campaign was decisive in establishing political...
Publication date: 19 June 1995
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
The Congress of South African Trade Unions COSATU has taken a firm stand that the federation will not be drawing up a list of its own people to be given to the ANC as part of the election nomination...
Publication date: 19 May 1998
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
From: Lessons of the 1950s By Richard Monroe, March-May 1984 Chapter 2 - The lack of a workers' party The industrialisation of South Africa brought into ex­istence the massive black working class...
Publication date: 1984
Archive Type: Book chapter
Alfred Temba Qabula was born on December 12, 1942 in Flagstaff, Transkei. His father. a migrant worker, ‘coughed out’ the harshness of his life onto his children. He died after...
Author: Alfred Temba Qabula
Publication date: 1989
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Viva COSATU, Viva!  Viva SACP, Viva!  Viva ANC, Viva!  Viva the Alliance, Viva! Comrades, it falls to me to say a few words to bring this Special Congress to a close. Vote of thanks...
Publication date: 20 August 1999
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
1. Introductory Notes These submissions to the Constitutional Assembly come at the end of the process of public participation in drawing up our new Constitution. COSATU, with membership approaching...
Publication date: 20 February 1996
Archive Type: Official or Original Documents
Presented to the Portfolio Committee: Justice Annexures available on the COSATU website at www.cosatu.org.za 1. Executive Summary of Recommendations The bill should incorporate the right to know...
Publication date: 23 March 1999
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Chairperson,  Distinguished and honourable guests,  Comrades and friends, I am honoured to be one of the speakers in this gathering. On behalf of COSATU members, I wish to thank the...
Publication date: 23 May 1996
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
Deputy President Thabo Mbeki Leaders of COSATU, NACTU and FEDUSA Distinguished guests Comrades and friends Two years ago, we came together to launch NEDLAC. We committed ourselves to utilise this...
Publication date: 24 May 1997
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
Comrades, Public Sector workers who have marched here today are the hands and feet of the RDP. It is teachers, nurses, policemen and policewomen, street-sweepers, cleaners and clerks who keep the...
Publication date: 25 July 1997
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
The COSATU Executive Committee met on Friday, 24 May 1996 in its second ordinary meeting of the year. Below are some of the decisions taken by the Executive Committee. 1. NEDLAC We reaffirm our...
Publication date: 27 May 1996
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
The past few weeks have seen a lot of comments on the LRA process, in particular how the parliamentary process should be managed. Organisations such as SACOB and AHI have not only engaged in the...
Publication date: 28 AUGUST 1995
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
The General Secretary of the SACP, comrade Charles Nqakula;  President Mandela;  Members of the PB and CC of the SACP;  Leadership of the ANC and COSATU; Distinguished guests; ...
Publication date: 28 July 1996
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
"It's the economy, stupid!". This famous adage from Clinton's first Presidential campaign placed economic issues at the centre of elections. It is quoted in last week's WM&G to...
Publication date: 28 May 1999
Publisher: <strong>Article for&nbsp;<em>The Weekly Mail &amp; Guardian</em></strong>
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1. Bill of Rights A. Right to Strike The right to strike should specifically include the right to defend and promote social and economic interests of workers. The report of the Fact Finding and...
Publication date: 3 June 1995
Archive Type: Official or Original Documents
RE: COSATU PRESS STATEMENT ON THE 24 HOUR GENERAL STRIKE Today several millions heeded the call by COSATU for workers to embark on a general strike and occupy the streets in defence of their...
Publication date: 30 April 1996
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements
Comrade Deputy President  Leaders of the NEDLAC constituencies Distinguished delegates Comrades and friends Today is both the beginning and the end of a long process that started with the...
Publication date: 30 October 1998
Archive Type: Speeches and Public Statements

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