Resolutions Submitted to the 9th COSATU National Congress
1. Alliance: CEPPWAWU, CWU, NUMSA, SADTU, POPCRU
We reaffirm the 8TH COSATU congress resolution on building a strong
Our shared commitment to radical transformation of South Africa to
redress the imbalance which affected the black majority in the
main is free from social deprivation
A lack of democratic participation at all levels exist; COSATU and
the SACP have been somehow sidelined from policy development
by the levels of centralisation of power and authority in the office of
the presidency, which has been a driver for policy development –
to some extent even the ANC itself has somehow been sidelined
The growing centralization of power, the dominant influence of big
business on the policy direction of our country, and the
marginalization of representative institutions from decision making
The objectives of the Tripartite Alliance of the ANC, SACP and
COSATU remain the attainment of the transformation of our society
as expressed in the Freedom Charter and through the mechanism
of the National Democratic Revolution:
The strategic objectives of the NDR have not yet been achieved
There are continuous tensions amongst the alliance partners due to
lack of consultation, lack of tolerance amongst comrades holding
high positions in the alliance partners, lack of trust amongst
leadership of the alliance partners, etc.
We have a political discussion paper as well as the SACP’s political
The alliance shared strategic perspectives and assumptions of the
NDR as captured in the SACP’s “Road to South African Freedom
, ANC Morogoro conference, strategy and tactics  and
the green book”
That there is continuous inadequate lack of resources within the
SACP thereby making it difficult to conduct its political affairs
effectively in the specified time frames.
The challenges facing the SACP in attracting within its fold a
substantiated number of workers, youth, professionals, academic
Continuing problems with the functioning of the Alliance including:
Failure to meet regularly
Failure to implement summit resolutions
Failure to mobilize structures to struggle for social transformation
Growing class divisions within the Alliance
The lack of a political centre in the Alliance
Increased centralization and patronage
The lack of meaningful consultation and growing distance between
government and the Alliance, e.g. with ministers flouting the
decisions of last years NGC on labour market flexibility
The absence of an Alliance programme of action except for
The need for frank and open debate within Alliance structures
The tripartite alliance led by the ANC is still relevant for our
revolution and remains the only vehicle to take forward the
objectives of the NDR.
That the Alliance still offers the best prospect of achieving an
egalitarian society, free of racial, gender and class discrimination
and that little would be achieved by abandoning the ANC
That there’s still space for revolutionary forces to advance a radical
agenda through the unity of revolutionary forces in the Alliance
That the success of any revolution lies in the unity of revolutionary
That there has been a lack of observing alliance protocols on how
alliance partners must handle their difference; that failure to do so
fragments the Alliance and leads to tensions
That the ANC as the leader of the alliance has not properly played
its leadership role.
That the programme of action agreed upon in the Ekurhuleni 2
Summit with specific reference to the following areas must be
o That the strategic mandate to all organizations in the current
phase derives from our commitment to the NDR as enshrined
in the Freedom Charter and the Strategy and Tactics
documents of the ANC.
o That this requires the Alliance to co-ordinate its activities and
give leadership to social transformation in all spheres of
society, including civil society and the state.
o That the process of policy development and its
implementation should be informed on an on-going basis by
That in order to carry its programs and maintain unity of going
forward the Alliance Secretariat should meet every two weeks to
co-ordinate and implement agreed upon programs and address
other issues that may arise from time to time
The Alliance 10-a-side which is meant to address policy matters of
importance should meet quarterly for a full day to consider matters
advanced by the secretariat of the Alliance
The Alliance as agreed upon must be convened to develop a
longer-term programme of the Alliance on the specific questions
that were canvassed in the recent bilateral of the Alliance
The structure of the alliance must be reviewed such that all the
partners will play a meaningful role in the pursuit of the national
democratic revolution in all battles of the struggle for both national
and social liberation
The need to introduce some changes on how the Alliance is
functioning must include the signing of an enforceable pact within
That the radical character of the NDR remains high on the agenda
of the working class and must become the guiding force for a
coherent Alliance programme aimed at eliminating all forms of
To reclaim ownership of the ANC so that it becomes a real
instrument of people’s power and plays a positive role towards the
achievement of a free, just and equal South Africa
That COSATU and the SACP must do everything in trade power to
redirect the energy of the state towards a planned economy
capable of meeting the needs of the people and the poor; such a
planned economy must not rule out the possibilities for
nationalization and redistribution of the country’s vast and
enormous material resources
To continue with our campaign to stop privatization and job losses
To continue with our recruitment campaign as per the 2015 plan
and implement a progressive education programme that will arm
our members both politically and ideologically to pursue our
That the political centre must be properly defined and constituted
as a representative force of the Alliance capable of executing the
tasks set by the NDR
That the task of achieving socialism under the banner of the
Alliance is only possible so long as the proletariat plays a leading
and active role in directing the work of the NDR
To actively involve ourselves in community campaigns for the
provision of basic social services, including the right to decent
housing, education, transport and health (free provision of ARV’s by
state hospitals, etc)
That the concept of swelling the ranks of the ANC must be realized
by encouraging our members to join the ANC and participate
within the structures of the ANC
That our members particularly the leadership should bring their ANC
membership cards to the structural meetings e.g. the RECs etc as
proof and encouragement to other members.
The tripartite alliance should be maintained
COSATU members’ and leadership should participate fully in
building and strengthening the alliance
The alliance operations should be guided by a pact or policy
agreed to by alliance partners
The interactions of the alliance should be led by all alliance
partners’ leadership, in particular the top five of each alliance
There should be a demand for the implementation of the alliance
There should be a thorough preparation for the transition program,
from capitalism to socialism.
To call for regular mandatory meetings of the Alliance at every level
– executive summits, ten-a-sides and monthly secretariat meetings -
to drive, monitor and evaluate implementation of the programme
To initiate a debate within the Alliance in the build up to the 2007
ANC conference around the restructuring of the Alliance to make it
an effective tool for social transformation, such debate to include
o Combating centralisation and patronage
o Confronting and debating ideological differences within the
o Confronting and debating growing class contradictions within
the ANC, including the current accumulation path which is
creating a black bourgeoisie and the need to maintain a
pro-working class and poor agenda and leadership within the
ANC and the Alliance
o Strengthening the independent programmes of the Alliance
partners, eg debates about the SACP standing candidates
should not be seen in opposition to the Alliance strategy
o The need for a more structured ‘pact’ between the parties
with conditions and agreed minimum goals. This should
include agreements on deployments and quotas for
representation of the different Alliance partners at every level
with independent caucuses and the power of recall to
That all workers through their affiliates must contribute
financial assistance aimed at making the SACP financially viable
through apportioning a certain percentage monthly to the SACP
To restructure and build a strong SACP-led Alliance.
Need to debate a greater role for electoral constituencies to
exercise more accountability over elected representatives.
1.1. On Managing tensions in the Alliance and the Succession Debate
That there has been a lot of statements made by the alliance
partners attacking one another in and out of structures
That after such spats the leadership would call all sorts of
meetings to justify their statements
All the alliance partners have released their discussion
documents and the documents are being used as attacking
instruments without clear directions and that there is no more
tolerance amongst the alliance partners because of the
The A.N.C. has shifted from the Freedom Charter broad
objectives and principles.
The alliance partners stop attacking one another in public and
through the media and must be tolerant to each other and be
matured to engage on areas of difference
The succession debate be discussed in the structures of A.N.C.
COSATU must not take sides on areas of such matters and the
debate must take place regardless of gender.
The alliance partners should be allowed to grow and influence
one another equally on all policy matters
1.2. Deployment Strategy:
The resolution of the 8th Congress resolution on deployments and
accountability of public representatives.
That there should be an alliance deployment committee that
oversees the whole process to ensure it is alliance led.
The problems that emerged relating to the demarcation
That the alliance develops people centered and people driven
consultation process on demarcation, and provide guidance to
the demarcation board.
2. The NDR: NUMSA, CEPPWAWU
The persistent dominance of a perspective that separates
National Democracy from socialism with the Third Way being the
dominant political discourse internationally
That National Democratic Projects and genuine democracy do
not have a space to develop and flourish under neo-liberalism
That there is a progressive labour regime in place and at the
same time noting the attempts from business to roll back the
gains we have registered as a labour movement
That a conservative economic policy limits spending on social
and economic development programmes.
That National Democratic Projects and genuine democracy do
not have a space to develop and flourish under neo-liberalism.
Because of the multi-class character of the NDR , various class
forces continue to contest its essence
Since the ascendancy of the ANC into power the primary
contradiction has begun to elevate itself,
That the 1991 ANC conference was a clear expression of the
emergency of the black capitalist who in this conference were
attempting to redirect the radical orientation of the NDR
That currently the two major class forces are in the life and death
for the control of the ANC i.e. the comprador, parasitic black
aspirant capitalist class
That the comprador element has gained access and influence
through the office of the presidency in policy formulation to disarm
and re-direct the NDR from its Socialist path as envisaged in
Morogoro , Kabwe conferences and the Green book
The conservative Macro Economic Policy of South Africa has led to
more unemployment, more job losses, poor quality housing, the
living standards of people declining, etc.
That there is a growing relationship between the state and big
capital to the exclusion of the working class, undermines the radical
program envisaged in the freedom charter around radical social
end economic transformation
That the Neo-liberal globalization orientation of the state makes it
impossible for democratic participation in our social transformation
The working class must assert its ideological and political leadership
of the NDR
That the NDR seeks to resolve national, class and gender
contradictions in our society and lay the basis for socialism
That the primary motive force of the NDR is the black working class.
The first decade has made some impact at superstructural level
whilst it has not made significant gains at the level of changing
That the NDR will remain hollow if it does not temper with property
That without a consistent revolutionary leadership, the deterioration
in the condition of the working class and the oppressed masses will
inevitably lead to anarchy and wanton destruction.
That the working class should assert its leadership role of the NDR,
and not outsource this leadership role to other class forces
That the working class must mobilize society and all progressive
forces against the current macro-economic framework
That we must bring back the fundamental thrust of the freedom
charter, RDP on nationalization of key and strategic industries
That the state should take drastic steps in the redistribution of
wealth, e.g. via a tax system to alleviate the negative implications
in the country
That mass based democratic participation in the running of the
country through a constituency based system should happen e.g.
price controls – the society should be directly involved in decision
That through struggles, politically, ideologically, that the working
class must flood the structures of the ANC wherever they are inside
and outside parliament
That the working class must re-direct the NDR towards socialism
and jealously guard it against opportunistic tendencies that are
attempting to arrest it from above so that the NDR does not reach
its logical conclusion, that is socialism
Centered on 2015 plan and its pillars of building working class
power, that we need to grow COSATU membership into 4 million,
that we need to swell the ranks of the ANC and redirect it into the
framework of the Morogoro Conference strategy and tactics and
the working class must directly lead the NDR and make it not to be
hostile to socialism
That this decade must be dedicated to a struggle to challenge and
defeat the dominance of white monopoly capital which
reproduces itself through the emerging parasitic black capitalists.
That the National Liberation Movement as led by the ANC should
speed up the process of reviewing the ‘property clause’ in the
National Constitution to allow the expropriation of national assets
that will contribute towards the ‘developmental state’.
That we should define in practical terms the Political Economy of
the National Democratic Revolution in the current epoch as
articulated in the freedom charter
That the composition of the structures of the national liberation
movement should be reflective of it biasness towards the working
class and that the forthcoming ANC national conference presents
another opportunity for the working class to assert its leadership in
3. Socialism: NUMSA
That political revolution is about the capture of state power and the
use of that power to advance the purposes of the revolutionary
That this task must be carried out consciously by the revolutionary
That any revolutionary movement that does not understand and
act on this is condemned to fail its objectives and will end up being
corrupted by and absorbed into the system it sought to overthrow.
That the capitalists has taken over and leading the movement
towards the capitalist direction
That a constitution is a mirror of power relations in any social system
and that it protects and reciprocally produces such relations
That in 1994 we adopted a compromised constitution protecting
the interests of the white capitalist class enabling it to reproduce
itself amongst its own worst victims
That for socialism to gain pre-eminence, we should wage an all
round struggle ideologically, politically against imperialism and its
ideological expression in the form of neo-liberalism
That any belief that the national question can be resolved outside
the class question its wishful thinking
That the resolution of the national question is inextricably linked to
class question and as such cannot happen in the absence of the
dictatorship of the proletariat
That a revolutionary workers’ state can only perpetuate itself on the
basis of a vibrant culture of democratic mass participation, where
the devolution of power is one of the core principles
That the time has come for COSATU to set up its own task team
constituted by Affiliates General Secretaries and NALEDI to conduct
a detailed and deep, but urgent global survey of the prospects for
Socialism in South Africa. Such a survey must seek to establish how
much support among South African workers of all races exists for the
SACP to contest political power towards a Socialist South Africa,
determine ways to forge direct working relationships with
progressive African, European, Asian, United State, and Latin
American working class and socialist political formations. Such links
must be extended to all similarly inclined working peoples and
political formations anywhere in the world.
That COSATU must design a short, medium and long term
sequenced political and education programme of action for its
members to ensure that in the space of eighteen to twenty four
months from Congress, it is able to lay before the South African
Communist Party its concrete proposals on the way forward
towards a Socialist South Africa.
That the time has come for COSATU, working with the South African
Communist Party, to produce and announce to the whole world, a
time bound Manifesto of the Working Class in South Africa. Such a
Manifesto can only be drawn, and adopted, by all progressive
working class and social and political movements in South Africa. It
will be in this Manifesto where the content of the economic and
social programmes to inform all the campaigns of the federation
and the SACP will be articulated.
In order to achieve all the above, as a first step, the incoming
Congress National leadership must announce and publish to all the
affiliates of COSATU, a time bound, responsibility allocated,
programme of work for achieving all these resolutions on socialism,
in the first meeting of the CEC in 2007.
We must consistently expose the neo-liberal agenda of the state
that leads to the growing impoverishment of the masses
That the established institutions of the working class must be used to
raise the level of political consciousness amongst the working class,
and intensify the ideological training of the leading elements in the
To actively promote the view that it is only the revolutionary and
democratic rule of the working class that can resolve the historical
burden of racial exclusion
To adopt an official position that rejects the separation of the NDR
from socialism, that the dictatorship of the proletariat is the only
guarantee that there will be a transition from NDR to socialism
4. State Power: NUMSA, NUM
The SACP is a political party and has an obligation to address the
needs of society,
The federation calls on the SACP to unite the progressive left
formations including the left wing political formations committed to
the radical transformation and socialism. Part of the work to
achieve the above require the following:
That the SACP need to initiate the unity of the left parties this
includes the Conference of the Left
That the SACP need to work hard in its work to transform the trade
union consciousness into the working class consciousness
That the SACP must link the working class political consciousness
with other forms of social consciousness
That we must contribute in building a strong, and independent
SACP as an instrument of the working class
The alliance should be engaged to determine the manner in which
the SACP should enter the electoral process,
The alliance should also programmatise the mobilization of the
electorate for that eventuality,
We now emphasize the importance of transforming the economy
and social relations,
That the SACP should take responsibility for the transformation we so
We must encourage all our members to be members of the SACP
The SACP must intensify its role in providing leadership to the
working class for the pursuit of the struggle for socialism, which
undoubtedly is a vehicle for social liberation
The working class must have presence in all sites of power in our
society and for that the SACP must play a leading role
That leadership must lead by example and be card carrying
members of the SACP to the party branches be ward based to
match the ANC branches
Current SACP discussion document lays the basis for a discussion on
the attitude of the SACP towards state power
The Party must now begin now to develop policy positions on the
following key areas of state power:
o Nature of the developmental state
o Policy on land redistribution
o Policy around developing fundamental basic necessities
o Policy around strategic deployment of Communist Cadres in
strategic centers of power
o Policy on contesting elections
o Policy on commitment of resources on recruitment
There is a disturbing xenophobic attitude towards Africans as
foreigners amongst South Africans.
The majority of foreign Africans has refugee status and as such is
legal in the country.
There is unequal treatment of foreigners in the productive
economy of SA.
European workers are easily absorbed into the SA productive
economy with no fuss.
Unskilled African refugees and illegal immigrants are exploited in
the SA economy.
Illegal immigrants and refugees fears reporting infringements on
their internationally recognized human rights.
The attitude displayed towards foreign Africans is unwarranted and
may be the result of the entrepreneurial spirit displayed by some of
All foreigners must be given equal access to participate
productively in the economy of South Africa.
Countries north of SA were instrumental in the achievement of a
democratic order in SA in 1994.
The lack of will to accommodate refugees in the formal economy
may result in them becoming involved in criminal activity.
The federation must developed stronger relations with the refugee
community inside South Africa.
Skilled foreign Africans must be absorbed into the productive
economy of SA.
Government must be compelled to do a skills audit amongst
refugees. Where scarce skills exist, corporate SA must be compelled
to employ such skill.
Instead of looking only to the East, government must be
encouraged to first look towards the skilled base of refugees.
A system of verifying the qualifications, if it is not existing, must be
developed by HSRC
Refugees must be encouraged to complement the gaps in their
qualifications, if so identified, in order to be absorbed into the
6. Building Worker Monument: NUM
Workers have always been in the forefront of the struggles.
The majority of them laid their lives without being sufficiently
profiled as heroes and heroines of our struggle.
These worker struggles were led by leaders who sacrificed family
comforts in pursuant of our national freedom;
Further noting that:
Lack of profiling of these leaders has the potential to result in lost
history of our heroes and heroines amongst the new generation.
Workers struggles led by these leaders triggered a massive offensive
against the state and capital .This glorious and brave fight was a
serious effort to take forward the work of leaders such as T W
Thibedi, JB Marks, JJ Majoro, and Thabo Mofutsanyane.
Cosatu recognise the role played by mineworkers in the struggle by
building monuments in the mining towns
Cosatu to further recognise the role played by other workers in non
mining towns by building monuments
Cosatu recognise the role played by such leaders by building a
Furthermore, COSATU to engage government on the building of
museum for the workers heroes,
The affiliates to submit names of the past heroes and heroines to
The CEC be mandated to establish a task team to receive such
names, scrutinize the names for verification, thus report to the CEC,
Such progress report be submitted to the first CEC of COSATU su
7. Farm Workers, Farm Dwellers, Labour Tenants and Land Reform-FAWU
One million farm workers and farm dwellers remain as one of the
most vulnerable and unacknowledged sections of the working
population in South Africa, whilst being largely responsible for
producing the abundance of food and fibre in the country.
Farm workers/dwellers and their next of kin continue to be
intimidated and brutally killed by farm owners and generally
continue to be subjected to conditions of tenure insecurity, poverty,
indignity, and even child labour, forced labour and slavery. Twelve
years into democracy, farm workers/dwellers access to a better life
is still a pipe dream.
Farm workers/dwellers indignity and poverty emanates from their
low pay and long, hard working and living circumstances as workers
and citizens, who still struggle to access civil and political rights, as
well as socio-economic and cultural rights and freedoms.
Farm workers and labour tenants have not benefited from Land
Reform adequately, instead many still continue to be evicted from
their ancestral land in a manner reminiscent of apartheid days.
That the market-based land reform policy of the State is being
hampered by increasingly high land and property prices, whilst
many farm worker, farm dweller and labour tenant households do
not have a sufficient income stream to buy decent, well-located
land and property.
Farm workers/dwellers are marginalised in a number of ways,
including: trade union participation, decision-making and
development; as well as in legal, political and social-economic
Work times, health, pension and disability benefits, occupational
health and safety, and other basic conditions of employment,
repeatedly crop-up as a priority issue for trade unions to engage
farm owners/employers organisations on.
That SAAPAWU, and now FAWU, have made modest in-roads in
organising and representing farm workers and attaining minimum
That low levels of monitoring and compliance with occupational
health and safety laws are a reality in many rural farming areas,
particularly within smaller farms.
That the judiciary and law enforcement agencies in rural and small
towns remains largely untransformed. One example is the
differential service provided to farm worker/dweller families
affected by abuse, assault and murders as compared to farm
Some officials/inspectors in the employ of Government (e.g.
Department of Labour, Department of Health, Department of
Agriculture, Land Affairs and Local Governments) fail to observe
Batho Pele principles with respect to farm workers, and indeed
succumb to corruption.
There is a lack of adequate legislation and Government
implementation systems to protect labour tenants and farm
dwellers from unfair eviction.
New policy proposals concerning farm worker, farm dweller and
labour tenant housing must include proper participation by those
who are directly affected.
Farm workers must enjoy equitable access to the social and other
services and amenities as other sections of the working population,
especially: access to clean, safe water, a healthy environment,
health care, education, housing and income transfers as rolled out
by the State. Farm workers must have their burial rights and
minimum labour standards promoted, respected and protected.
In the absence of trade union organisation and representation,
alternative (public) employment opportunities and social and other
services and amenities, the social, gender and other power
relations on farms, will continue overwhelmingly in favour of farm
owners and organised agribusiness, at the expense of the dignity
and quality of life of farm workers/dwellers and their families.
Organising and servicing farmworkers is a mammoth task that
needs to be adequately resourced in the light of the difficult terrain
of the agricultural sector, ranging from distance and poor roads, to
scarce transport, trespass and private property laws, private security
During the COSATU National Congress, to roll-out a grassroots media
campaign using a widely adopted declaration condemning
slavery, indignity, and poverty on farms and in the agribusiness
To call for a special Tripartite Alliance Summit to decide on
programs to address the plight of farm workers/dwellers.
To agree that a one percent contribution from COSATU affiliation
fees is dedicated to organising farm workers/dwellers as part of
Consolidating Working Class Power for Quality Jobs - Towards 2015.
To set up a FAWU/COSATU Campaigns Committee to roll-out an
organising plan and campaign strategy, taking into account the
ongoing processes of land and agrarian reform and the SACP’s Red
October Campaign, with the following elements:
o That the concept of roving health and safety representatives be
adopted as a way of improving occupational health and safety
on farms in order to complement the work of existing
o The transformation of the judiciary and law enforcement
agencies through the establishment of an investigating agency
against abuses and murders of farm workers and their families;
o To call on the Department of Labour to speed-up the
implementation of a new campaign, with trade unions and civil
society, to liberate farm workers as agreed at the meeting on 31
March 2006 concerning the continued sub-ordination and abuse
of farm workers. The campaign could have the following items:
o To reaffirm our commitment to the total elimination of the
worst forms of child labour in the agricultural sector.
o To advocate that the Department of Education defines farm
schools as “no-fee schools” and organizes adequate scholar
o To advocate that the Department of Health prioritizes farm
worker access to mobile clinics and emergency medical
treatment, including transport by public and private
o To advocate that the State expropriate land for the roll out of
government services and amenities such as schools and
health care facilities, and where appropriate, cemeteries;
o To ensure that farm workers, farm dwellers and labour tenants
have identity documentation, knowledge of, and access to,
social grants like child support grants, old-age pensions and
disability grants, amongst others;
o To advocate that government, in partnership with trade
unions and civil society develop and implement a proactive
strategy to ensure security of tenure for farm workers, farm
dwellers and labour tenants;
o To call for government to speed up the implementation of a
farm worker, farm dweller and labour tenant housing policy
that is based on direct and proper consultation with those
who are directly affected and a full consideration of the
impact of each policy option (e.g. on-farm housing and other
8.Transformation of the judiciary:
8.1. Administration of Justice
We reaffirm the decision on the transformation of the judiciary as
contained in the August 2005 Central Committee declaration.
That the justice system is still not transformed, and is still reflective of the
That racism in the workplace, communities in all social institutions is still
That there have been many racial attacks reported in media including
racist attacks on vulnerable workers in farms; the Three Rivers laundry
case is but one of the worst examples of such incidents. .
That South Africa strives to be a non-racial, non-sexist society, where
all citizens are supposed to enjoy human rights as advocated in our
That lives of blacks are not less important and valuable than other
That racism has been outlawed and the law must be firm in
administration of justice.
1. That human rights commission offices be established closer to
the people so that they may be easily accessible.
That special procedures be developed to process cases speedily
That high penalties be meted out against murderers and criminals
that are threatening the lives of people; women and children in
That all pending cases are speedily investigated and re-opened for
retrials, the Three Rivers Laundry murder case in particular.
That if there is any institution that has a leaning towards apartheid
style racism then such an institution, should be investigated and its
licence be revoked and that COSATU should call for a consumer
boycott of those institutions
Transformation of centre of administration of Justice and courts in
particular is more urgent than ever before
9. CORRUPTION IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE- POPCRU
That corruption is an inherent phenomenon within the three spheres
of government and therefore undermines the nature of our
That government has done quite good in ensuring the
establishment of state institutions that deals with corruption and
other malpractices directed at undermining the Public Service.
Public Sector is by no exception projected as one of the mostly
That corruption is therefore defined and limited as rampant within
the Public Sector institutions
There is an urgent need to mobilize everyone in exposing and
reporting cases of corruption in Public Service.
Public Service is the agent for delivery/ delivery machinery for
the people to have confidence delivery of service by the
democratic state within three spheres of Government
If not totally out rooted, corruption weakens the ability of
Government to deliver on its mandates.
COSATU, as a federation given its constituency has a very
strategic role to play in defeating this “evil”.
To embark on Anti Corruption Campaign to raise our super regard
for a corrupt free Public Service, wherein public servants becomes
agent of change in delivery of services
Public Servants convicted of this undemocratic practice be
punished without any reservations or regard for public profile and/
COSATU affiliates to take strong actions against their members who
are involved in these practices
COSATU to engage Government to convene Public Service Anti-
Corruption summit to develop some strategies and designs to
educate communities on such practices.
10. COSATU 2015 Plan: NUMSA
The COSATU 8th National Congress in 2003 adopted the 2015 Plan as the
basis for implementing its Political, Organizational, Socio-economic and
International resolutions. At a political level the resolution “seeks to build
the power and voice of the working class through strengthening the
working class formations” within the alliance. The plan “recognized the
importance of maintaining the bias of the ANC and the NDR towards the
The 2015 plan remains our vision for building a strong, vibrant, and militant
That the 8th National Congress adopted the 2015 plan which the
CEC were supposed to implement
That little was done since the last congress to implement the 2015
That the CEC was supposed to develop an implementation strategy
That the CEC after this National Congress must meet to develop an
implementation strategy for the program
That the CEC must elect a working committee that will oversee the
implementation of the plan
The CEC must set time frames within which the working committee
11. South African Constitution: NUMSA, SACTWU, SACCAWU
Calls for the scrapping of floor crossing legislation and for a
constituency electoral system
The call by COSATU in 1993 for the right to referendums on policy
Therefore Resolve to:
Review and overhaul the entire present day constitution.
To convene a Conference on deepening democracy by April 2007, to
set out the case for such reform
That floor crossing legislation must be totally scrapped
To conduct a ballot of organized workers during May and June 2007 to
determine the level of support for a constituency-based electoral
To campaign for inclusion of these demands in the manifesto of the
That a constitutional review/ amendment conference be convened as
soon as possible after the 2007 ANC conference
Its primary task would include:
o Developing mechanisms to incorporate systematically the
Freedom Charter Economic clause and deal systematically with
o Developing a process of abolishing provincial legislatures [unitary
o Reviewing and reworking the present electoral system on the
basis of the current COSATU proposals of a mixed electoral
12. Electoral System: SACCAWU
The current electoral system is based on the Constitution and the
The current electoral system provides for proportional representation of
political parties in National Parliament and in Provincial legislatures,
The 8th National Congress resolution on the electoral system had called
for a mixed electoral system at national, provincial and local level and
had specifically proposed 65% constituency-based and 35%
Whilst the objective of the Liberation Movement and Programme were
for a united, non-sexist unitary State the current federal type of
Government Constituted in the form of Provincial Legislatures has
become wasteful of our resources and created some empires that in
most instances are to the detriment of the Citizens and perpetration of
competition amongst provinces; as well as marginalizing those Citizens
who reside in the smaller or poor Provinces.
Further noting that :
The leadership of the Federation has already tabled the resolution in a
bilateral with the ANC and there is commitment, from the ANC to
discuss the matter.
These discussions will take place in the context of a study that is being
conducted to reform the electoral system.
A constituency based system is the most democratic system in a
bourgeois republic since it gives the electorate the right to exercise
control over their elected representatives,
The proportional representation system has served its purpose since our
democracy is now twelve years and has matured,
A properly structured constituency based electoral system can assist in
mobilizing the masses and in that context can serve as a basis for
transcending the limitations of bourgeois democracy,
Important lessons can be drawn from the ward committee system at
local government level,
The envisaged Unitary State amongst other things was aimed at uniting
the Nation and ultimately ensure that the resources and the Wealth of
the Country as a whole are distributed and shared equitable for the
benefit of the Nation.
THEREFORE RESOLVE TO:
Re-affirm the 8th National Congress resolution on the electoral system
and constituting of Provinces into Provincial Administration instead of
separate Governments that seem to resemble the former
“independent homelands” and Apartheid logic of “separate
Development” to the detriment of some less resourced provinces and
Citizens residing in such provinces, especially the rural areas. This yields
into pooling together the country’s natural and accumulated or
produced resources for the benefit of all citizen,
Mandate the leadership of the federation to advocate for same within
alliance meetings and seek to reach consensus,
Check with other alliance partners if there is any need to canvass the
idea with the moribund leadership of the PAC and AZAPO
Seek to convince our Alliance partners on the need to test the attitude
of the electorate through a referendum,
Mandate the NOBs and the CEC to develop mechanisms that will
ensure that such a system does serve its purpose. In this context serious
consideration should be given to the establishment of constituency
committees drawing from our experiences in Ward Committees.
13. Property Clause and the Right to Picket: SACCAWU
The Property Clause is entrenched in the country’s Constitution
The right to strike and picket is enshrined in the Labour Relations Act
and the Bill of rights
The Bill of Rights provides for the limitation of rights and specifically
“The Rights in the Bill of Rights maybe limited only in terms of law of
general application to the extent that the limitation is reasonable
and justifiable in an open and democratic society based on human
dignity, equality and freedom, taking into account all relevant
o the nature of the right
o the importance of the purpose of the limitation
o the nature and extent of the limitation
o the relation between the limitation and its purpose; and
o less restrictive means to achieve the purpose.
SACCAWU has since insisted on the need to picket inside the premises
of the employer given that workers in shopping malls have been
effectively denied the right to picket, in many instances out of
collaboration between the employers and Mall owners with Mall
owners using the Property Clause reserved rights of ownership to
interdict workers whilst not a Party to the dispute(s)
Various CCMA commissioners have since imposed conflicting
picketing rules, in that whilst some have granted permission for
picketing inside the premises of the employer others have arrogantly
refused to grant such permission, notwithstanding the Code of Good
Practice providing for such access and the attitude by Mall managers
prohibiting any action other than inside the affected workplace/
Further noting that:
Retailers and property owners often run to the Labour Court
seeking orders that compel workers to picket 500 metres
away from their establishments
Orders granted in line with 1 above are viewed by some
white and some conservative/reactionary members of the
police force, who act like the running dogs of white
monopoly capital, as a license to harass, intimidate, assault
and arrest workers
Some unrepentant judges of the Labour Court do not even
appreciate the challenges facing workers who elect to
exercise the right to picket
Court Orders are often accompanied by huge legal costs
which have the potential of rendering Unions insolvent.
The property clause in the Bill of right is an impediment on the
ability of workers to exercise their right to picket,
Whilst strike action is a universal weapon of the labour
movement there can be no effective strike without the right
To campaign for the removal of the property clause from the
bill of rights and the constitution or alternatively be confined
to all other properties other than that for leasing or rental
purposes with potential to have more occupants other than
the Owner, viz. strike a balance
To support SACCAWU’s campaign for special dispensation for
picketing in the services sector in the interim.
14.Declaration of Non-Trading Public Holidays: SACCAWU
During the struggle against Apartheid for Political Freedom and
Social Emancipation we, on different occasions lost some of our
gallant freedom fighters through massacres as well as made certain
The struggles for recognition of many commemoration days as
Public Holidays were but some of these advances,
Since 1994 all commemoration days are treated by Capital as
ordinary holidays thus trading and provide double pay, with many
poorly paid workers falling into this trap whose long term might have
a negative bearing to our own history and legacy.
Further noting that:
Our calendar of Public Holidays is regulated by the Public Holidays
Act of 1994.
The Public Holidays Act does not say anything on trading on Public
Holidays besides reference to non-business days for bills of
exchanges and promissory notes.
Whilst further Public Holidays are declared on various Governmental
Election days from time to time, some employers and retailers in
particular continue with normal trading on such days. This
reactionary practice denies the workers affected in affected
industries the right to vote since most African workers in particular
reside miles away from their workplaces.
Our calendar of Public holidays include the following days, which
are associated with the history of our struggle:
o Human Rights Day, formerly known as Sharpeville Day
o Freedom Day
o Workers’ Day, commonly known as May Day
o Youth Day
o National Women’s Day
o Day of Reconciliation
The Services Sector in general and retailers in particular
trade on all Public Holidays listed above.
In some instances workers get dismissed for not working
on these Holidays and at times ridiculed by some
unrepentant employers to go and complain to their
(workers’) President (in reference to the State
Without those struggles March 21, May 1, June 16, August 9 and
eventually April 27, now known as Freedom Day, these days would
remain insignificant without due recognition.
Trading on Holidays associated with our struggles is a direct insult to our
revolution and those who sacrificed their lives for the achievement of
the objectives of the National Democratic Revolution.
Other than just public Holidays, including to some extent the heritage
days, these days are of enormous significance and as such historical
commemoration days to which the entire nation one way or the other
To campaign for the amendment of the Public Holidays Act to declare
the following Public Holidays as NON-TRADING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.
o The 21st of march
o The 27th of April
o The 16th of June
o The 1st of May
o The 9th of August
o The 16th of December
FURTHER RESOLVE THAT:
There be a Presidential Declaration to the effect that all the above-
cited Commemoration Days be non-trading Public Holidays, thus
allowing all and sundry the space to reflect on and commemorate
these days, without fear of losing employment or enticed to betray
the Revolution through meagre double pay.
The Presidential Declaration should further declare all Public
holidays declared as a result of various Governmental Elections
15. Labour Law Transformation: SAMWU
15.1 Essential Services: SAMWU
While the SA Constitution says nothing about limitations to the right to
strike the Labour Relations Act (LRA) does so through, amongst others,
the introduction of essential services.
Although the last COSATU National Congress resolved to campaign
against unreasonable limits on the right to strike arising from the way in
which existing essential services legislation is interpreted very little has
Congress went on to call for the existing law to be amended to
provide for trade unions to voluntarily enter into agreements to
maintain a minimum service in the event of any strike action and for
unions to seek to conclude what we termed as progressive minimum
service level agreements that would be consistent with the right to
Strikes involving workers in essential services have been negatively
affected both by emasculating action in services where workers would
otherwise be able to bring effective pressure and by drastically
reducing the numbers of workers who participated in the strikes and
thereby creating divisions amongst workers.
All workers should have the unrestricted right to strike and that
workers themselves should ensure that strike action does not cause
a threat to health or life.
Compulsory arbitration is an inequitable quid pro quo for taking
away the right to strike from workers engaged in what is termed
The call for the existing law to be amended to provide for voluntary
minimum service level agreements is endorsed as a short term
objective, with the long term objective being that workers should
be able to determine what levels of service to provide, if any,
during a strike
In giving effect to the above, we should:
o Consult communities on our position on essential services;
o Develop an education campaign amongst members on issues
like rotation work during strikes and salary sacrifices;
o Developing a common approach to MSAs at local level to assist
negotiators and to ensure that a maximum number of workers
are able to exercise their right to strike;
o Develop appropriate amendments to the LRA for negotiation at
o Define, as narrowly as possible, what constitutes an essential
o Consider forms of mass action that will popularise our position.
To promote what we call progressive minimum service level
agreements, we shall seek to ensure that these agreements:
Provide for rotation work and salary sacrifice;
Ensure the least number of workers are affected;
Allow for non-striking workers to cover on essential services;
Seek to exclude from the definition of essential services those
services that are provided in a way that leads to cut-offs when
citizens are unable to pay;
No administrative/clerical workers to be deemed essential; and
Provide that health and safety issues in relation to workers and the
broader community are taken into account when considering
whether or not a service is essential.
16. Popular Movement for Social Transformation: NUM,NUMSA
COSATU’S 8th Congress resolution on Emerging social movements
which find expression in the 2015 plan.
Presently the relationship between workers youth movement and
the women’s such as YCL, ANCYL, SASCO,COSAS , newly
progressive women’s movement and others is unstructured.
Most of the young workers belong to none of these formations
That some of them did have not organically evolved and have
assumed an elitist character .
Some of them have embraced corporate, consumerist and even
the right tendencies.
Youth is strategically placed to play an imperative role in the
development of working class consciousness among the young people
in South Africa,
Youth movement is the relevant social infrastructure to lead young
workers towards the creation of an alternative socialist society.
Therefore resolve that:
The building of a strong youth alliance and movement is an imperative
To embark on joint programmes with the progressive youth movement
in recruiting young workers
A structured working relationship must be created between the
workers and the progressive youth movement.
The struggle for socialism and the realization of the freedom charter
Encourage the formation of a popular movement for social
transformation, which will include MDM structures.
17. ANC: CWU, CEPPWAWU
The ANC is a contested terrain and are lobbied by different strata in
our society to adopt their positions
There is no alternative political organization with the mass support of
The ANC is the only political party capable of fighting for a non-racial,
non-sexist and free democratic society in South Africa
There are many contested areas within the ANC which results into
tensions amongst leadership, escalating it to other alliance
The current situation suggest that the ANC has shifted from its initial
objective of working class biasness as adopted in its Morogoro
congress of 1969
The image of the ANC has been dented by the negative
developments within the movement and this has resulted in our society
staying away during local government elections in March 2006 and
some defecting to other political parties or forming their own.
The current tensions are not doing any good to the ANC as the
movement but it leads to the reversal of our political achievements
Some individuals within the ANC are the cause of these tensions and
The ANC as the leader of the alliance and a majority political party in
government is strategically positioned to effect the necessary
transformation in our country and the objectives of the NDR.
The ANC can be influenced to correct its stance on the economic
policies which impact negatively towards employment and the living
standard of the majority of South Africans, and its overall state of the
Therefore resolve that:
Cosatu members should continue to join and be card carrying
members of the ANC and they should swell the ranks of the ANC in the
ANC structures where they live
Cosatu members should actively participate and influence ANC-led
18.WOMEN AND GENDER : DENOSA,NUMSA
2006 marks the 50th Anniversary of the anti-pass women's march. Our
freedom is only 12 years but we have seen that we easily forget the
contribution made by women to attain this freedom. Emancipation of
women is not only about forming structures but also removing obstacles
that block their advancement. The radical approach that we used to
fight racial discrimination and national oppression must be adopted in
fighting gender inequality,
That our revolution is still hostile to gender activism,
That the struggle for women total emancipation is far from over,
That the last decade of democracy brought about a significant but
not enough change in addressing societal imbalances.
The emergence of other social and support groups like Progressive
Women's Movement aiming to empower women.
The empowerment of women has been reflected in all the
federation policies in particular, the Gender policy.
That public appearances of Cosatu especially in the media implies
that there are no women leaders.
That the way in which gender issues are being raised, even in the
past decade of our democracy, has always only focused on
women representivity at the expense of broader issues affecting
That the NWM is a broad front targeting women from different
sectors, these include rural women, business sector, professional
sector, faith based organizations, workers, young women , women
with disability, elderly women, unemployed women, women from
political parties who are grounded to the movement’s grounding
That the character of the NWM is that it is an organic structure, it is
not formal and it is issue-based. It will work with organizations that
have a liberation movement background and those from the
disciplined left and have a working class bias.
That the NWM will be launched on 5th to 8th August 2006 in
Bloemfontein to coincide with the commemoration of the 50 th
anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March to Pretoria.
Further noting that:
Mindful that capitalism is an extremely opportunistic, permanent
crisis system of social and economic exploitation of children,
women and men;
Fully conscious of the existence of right wing elitist “feminine”
philosophies and movements in our country, Africa and the entire
world, which in fact, only serve to legitimize the capitalist
exploitation of women;
Recognizing that the Liberation Movement as led by the African
National Congress is quite capable of falling prey to elitist, right
wing, capitalist “gender” philosophies and organizations;
Convinced that the new, elitist, right wing neo-liberal gender and
women movements are taking full advantage of our inability as
revolutionary working class women to articulate and hegemonise a
Marxist-Leninist perspective and praxis on matters of gender;
Absolutely conscious of our working class historical mission, that of
liberating all the oppressed and exploited peoples of the world;
The federation continues to be committed to the emancipation of
women and their economic empowerment.
The federation remains the only vehicle capable to carry forward
the strategic objectives of the National Democratic Revolution
In the context of class and gender oppression.
That the formerly economically marginalised section of the working
class and in particular, women, did not benefit fully in the last
decade of our democracy.
The time has come for the working class of South Africa, 12 years
into its “new democracy” to sharply define a clear working class
perspective on the thorny issue of not only the triple (class, national
and gender) oppression and exploitation of women, but also how
to most effectively mobilize all working class women and men to
struggle for full and true equality within and between the sexes.
That COSATU and all its affiliates must ruthlessly combat the
emerging rightwing, elitist, capitalist inspired tendencies in the
liberation movement which seek to dilute the Marxist-Leninist
inspired positions which, historically, have guided the liberation
movement and all its components;
That COSATU must take practical measures and steps, through the
production and running of a national gender programme, to instill in
all the members of the affiliates of COSATU, a working class and
Marxist-Leninist scientific attitude to the question of gender. Such a
programme must include the necessary education and teachings
on evolutionary culture, revolutionary socialization, revolutionary sex
and sexuality education, and revolutionary inter and intra personal
relationships. It must also combat male chauvinism, the culture and
practice of the patriarchy, and all social and psychological aspects
which perpetuates inequalities and exploitation and oppression
between the sexes.
That all the affiliates of COSATU must conduct thorough audits of
their gender programmes and take concrete steps to ensure that
their members are not polluted by the fashionable elitist, right wing
and capitalist philosophies which only serve to entrench gender
inequalities, no matter how sweet sounding and well intentioned
they may be.
COSATU and all its affiliates must always seek to understand, and
explain to the masses, how the current capitalist accumulation path
continuously produces and reproduces the historic exploitation,
oppression and domination of women. In particular, COSATU needs
to urgently conduct research to establish, and audit, the extent to
which BEE has negatively impacted on the struggle to liberate
women from class, gander and national oppression and
19. National Women’s Movement
That the National Women’s Movement should accommodate and be
owned by all women in South Africa, including women from the rural
areas because the current top-down approach as adopted by
organizers of the NWM undermines the very intention of empowering
women in all sectors of society.)
That we support the organization and its objectives towards
empowering women and removing gender bias in society
19.1 How COSATU relates to the National Women’s Movement
We as a Federation should build a new working relationship with the
National Women’s Movement only around specific issues that are pro-
poor and pro-women workers.
COSATU Regional Gender Structure must be the driving force to take
issues to the National Women’s Movement. The gender structures
o develop a clear programme that deals with poor women
struggles in society
o develop a clear reporting structure, i.e. at local level, regional
level, and national level.
20. Quota system in the federation
That COSATU is part of the broader mass democratic movement
to address the issues of women development.
That the 2003 Congress resolved that the quota system
applicable to the Federation should be set by the CEC, and
quota systems applicable to affiliates should be set by affiliates.
It said that affiliate quotas should be based on the share of
women in membership and the need to rapidly develop women
That the CEC of the federation has never set a quota for itself.
At affiliate level, many affiliates have not achieved the required
quota because of the following reasons:
o Union meetings in the evening
o No childcare facilities
o No space created for female comrades)
o Stricter scale is used to measure the performance of
female comrades than male comrades
o Workplaces are expected to reflect the demographics of
the country as per the EEA but this process has been slow
o traditional/cultural practices that we have inherited make
it difficult for women to actively participate in various
activities in the union.
That women continue to be marginalized in the federation and
That gender equality isn’t just about numbers and quotas but
also about eliminating the psychological oppression that women
have to endure as subordinates to male chauvinism
That the federation must continue with the quota system to address
inequalities in gender and eliminate gender discrimination in all its
forms from the federation and its affiliates
That the federation must strive to attain equal representation of both
men and women in all its structures
That by 2015 all affiliates should have 50% quota of women at
Our resolutions should appeal to all member of COSATU.
That affiliates and COSATU should develop a guide to report with
regard to women development on scorecards and Annual audit.
The federation and its affiliates must implement capacity building
programmes for women workers that remove the stereotypes and
indoctrination of the past and debate the issues of patriarchy and
stereotypes within our structures.
COSATU to ensure that the developed women cadres take leadership
positions and direct the women's movement in favour of the working
Women workers must be encouraged to participate in all decision
making structures of the federation
COSATU must reaffirm empowerment of women in all federation
There must be strategic engagement on gender activism in general
and women empowerment in particular.
The federation must adopt and put into practice gender equity
policies and apply a 50/50 quota on key leadership positions.
COSATU must raise a developmental path that will not only talk to
representivity but also be able to address situations in which ordinary
women are affected.
Socio Economic Resolutions
21. Jobs and Poverty:
21.1 High Levels of Unemployment, inequality and lack of intellectual
Whilst we are more than ten years into the democratic dispensation
our society is still ravage by the following social ills,
extremely high levels of unemployment which undermine our
Government’s commitment to building a better life for all,
High levels of poverty arising from unemployment and the rising
levels of atypical unemployment which perpetuate the
phenomenon of the working poor,
Extremely high levels of inequalities,
High levels of School drop outs due to lack of funds coupled with
exorbitant and unafforded school fees
Whilst the RDP had identified the need to meet basic needs as one
of its key programmes. This was identified as the first priority and
centered around jobs, land, housing, water, electricity,
telecommunications, transport, a clean and healthy environment,
nutrition, health care and social welfare.
The Freedom Charter, whose 50th anniversary was celebrated in
2005 had amongst other things called for a legislated right to work.
The charter specifically states that “the State shall recognize the
right and duty of all to work and draw full unemployment benefits”
Freedom Charter amongst its social clauses advocates for
compulsory and free education.
The country’s re-integration into the global economy has been
characterised by the restructuring of the working class which takes
the following forms,
o massive retrenchments and lay-offs,
o Rapid growth of casualisation, outsourcing and other forms
o A rise in the informalisation of Labour.
Further noting that:
o The ANC resolution at its 51st National Conference, on
unemployment and under-employment had acknowledged
o That high unemployment rates have underpinned continued
poverty and aggravated social problems,
o The high proportion of low quality employment in our society,
o That there are many people in the informal sector, many of
whom are under-employed,
o That the unemployment crisis has affected the young people,
women and rural people acutely
o The Growth and development summit held in June 2003, had
amongst other things agreed on measures aimed at creating
more jobs, better jobs and decent work for all,
o COSATU has waged a successful campaign aimed at
combating high levels of unemployment,
o That the medium term vision of the federation the 2015 plan,
had placed the defense and creation of quality jobs firmly on
the Federation’s agenda,
o Capital has failed and/or refused to avail resources to drive
transformation, contrary to agreements arrived at the GDS,
o Workers assets in their retirement funds are currently in the
hands of greedy and parasitic asset managers.
White monopoly capital has not demonstrated any serious
commitment to implementation of GDS Agreement and remains a
social parasite that is hell-bent on sustaining its massive profits through
sucking the blood of the proletariat and other sections of the
historically oppressed majority,
Any realistic programme aimed at addressing social
problems of our country should be premised on the need
to exert maximum pressure on white monopoly capital,
White monopoly capital remains the strategic enemy of
the working class and other motive forces of the National
Creative deployment of workers assets that are currently
held by various asset managers has the potential to
contribute to social transformation.
THEREFORE RESOLVE TO:
Campaign for the Amendment of the Country’s constitution to include
the right to work in the Bill of rights, as well as a call for Government to
in the spirit of the FC, currently embraced by all, to provide for free
compulsory education and intensification of skills and prioritisation of
subjects like Mathematics and Science to ensure sustainable
developments and African independence.
Mandate the CEC to commission comprehensive research on the
modalities of establishing a Workers Bank through workers assets in
various retirements Funds. A report arising from this research should be
tabled at the next Congress of the federation for a final decision.
Intensify the jobs and poverty campaign in the next Congress period
by amongst other things forming coalitions with all forces that are
committed to the objectives of the Campaign. In this context we reject
all forms of political black mail that seek to suggest that we are forming
a new UDF.
Call for the following amendments to the Basic Conditions of
provision for a Special Sectoral Determination aimed at addressing the
plight of workers in atypical jobs since they are the most vulnerable,
Amending Section 54 to compel the Employment Conditions
commission to set itself the objective of combating high levels of
atypical employment when advising the Minister on Sectoral
Introducing a provision which increases the number of the ECC
members by providing for a community constituency representative in
21.2 Jobs and Poverty campaign-SACTWU
Decisions of previous Congresses of COSATU on the jobs and poverty
The massive job losses since the last Congress in certain sectors of the
economy, especially clothing, textiles and footwear.
The continued relevance of the resolutions of the 2003 COSATU
Congress on the Proudly SA campaign, Restructuring and Job losses
and the Declaration on the Strength of the Rand
the deterioration of the conditions of workers and the poor in a number
the growing income inequality in the society
The Jobs and Poverty campaign should be the centre-piece of
COSATU and affiliate campaigns in the three years ahead
The campaign should include a focus on
o A living wage for workers as the primary means of combating
o The Proudly SA and buy local campaigns as ways of retaining
jobs in South Africa, with public sector and retailer commitments
to the campaigns
o Fair trade as a basis for our trading relationship with other
countries, with respect for worker rights in all trading nations, fair
access for developing countries to the markets of developed
countries and fair prices for goods from the south
o industrial policy measures and framework to rebuild and
modernise our manufacturing base, create strong links between
services and manufacturing and beneficiate more local
o economic policies to ensure that all policies promote the growth
of decent work (more jobs and better jobs for all)
o a 2010 World Cup that is developmental in focus and creates
Government procurement should support the local industry and all
three levels of government should, wherever possible, procure all their
goods from companies who manufacture them locally, with respect
for the rights of workers
Retailers should ensure that at least 75% of their light consumer goods
(clothing, footwear, food, plastics, etc) are manufactured locally and
should enter into a Code on Procurement with the union movement to
Government tender standards should include observance of fair
labour standards as well as local procurement
Trade agreements should not undermine the capacity of developing
countries to build a strong economic base, and in this context noting
the attempts through the WTO to impose coefficients on trade
liberalisation that would cause massive job losses in South Africa and a
number of other countries of the south
The 2010 World Cup to be bound by a Agreement to support the
Proudly SA campaign and promote fair labour standards
Competition authorities should be bound to a strong job security and
job creation mandate and should be required to work with trade
unions to ensure compliance with this mandate
Campaign in order to achieve the demands on local procurement
and take steps, including a campaign of action to secure Codes on
Reject free trade agreements (bilateral or multilateral) that will lead to
job losses, and work with unions elsewhere in the world to defeat
attempts through the WTO NAMA Agreement to limit policy space for
Have a national retrenchment monitoring system in COSATU with
monthly data released to the public
Affirm affiliate and federation support for Proudly SA and to commit to
only buying locally-made T-shirts, caps and other clothing used to
promote our organisation
Propose changes to the Competition Act to introduce the test of
saving existing jobs or creating new jobs as a crucial
22. BEE -SACTWU
The growth of BEE initiatives
To campaign for broad-based BEE, including training of workers and
payment of a living wage to be used as criteria
To request all BEE companies to sign a Charter of Worker Rights in
which they commit to supporting at least the following rights of workers
o Payment of a living wage
o Full and comprehensive trade-union rights
o Advanced health and safety practices
Current attempts to change the Labour Court through transferring its work
to the provincial divisions of the High Courts, and remove the right through
Nedlac for labour to have a say in appointment of judges
To campaign for
o the retention of a specialist Labour Court with national
o continuation of Nedlac’s role in the appointment of judges in
o a system that allows shopstewards and union officials to
continue to represent workers in the court
To serve a section 77 notice on reforms to the judiciary that undermine
the gains made in in the LRA on issues of appointment, specialisation
24. State involvement in the economy - NUM
The ANC brought Freedom in 1994 first General Elections in our
The Freedom restored our human dignity as the majority of Citizens.
The Economic Freedom is still in the hand of the few.
Majority of people are still unable to access education for children.
The government brought back mineral under its control
Further noting that;
Clause three (3) of the Freedom Charter amongst other says, “The
national wealth of the country, the heritage of all South Africans, shall
be restored to the people”.” The mineral wealth beneath the soil shall
be transferred to the ownership of the people”.
That the government is handing over the economic sectors i.e. mining
to few rich individuals, which eventually, do not benefit the majority of
The government should be engaged through COSATU and other
organs of Civil Society to establish the National Mining Company
owned by the people through the state.
The proceeds of these campaigns to be used or channelled into
financing the education that we want to be free from grade R.0. to
25. Labour Law: SACTWU
Recent developments to weaken labour rights in legislation
Attempts by certain companies to avoid the obligations of law by
casualising the employment relationship
The use of representivity tests in the law to undermine Bargaining
Centralised bargaining is crucial to ensure workers at small businesses
have proper rights negotiated through trade unions
Bargaining Councils need to be strengthened
Campaign to strengthen Bargaining Councils through a range of
Unions improving their current levels of
representivity in bargaining councils
Changes to the LRA to ensure a lowering of the
threshold of representivity in bargaining councils.
Fight to retain labour rights for workers in small
A coordinated campaign to unionise small
businesses, drawing on successful experiences
such as in motor, clothing and other sectors
Strengthening the rights of workers to utilize
freedom of association and collective
Address casualisation and labour broking through changes to the
law, as well as statutory Codes, to ensure full protection of workers
and the growth of secure, decent work
criteria that the Competition Commission and Tribunal should
consider and strengthening the rights, and role, of trade unions
26 . ASGI-SA AND JIPSA: NUM
Government has developed and is now in the process of
Through ASGISA the process of accelerating skills development
will be monitored and driven by JIPSA.
Decline in the number of trained artisans and apprentices.
ASGISA comes as the programme for achieving 6% growth and
Sectors of economy lack confidence in learner ships and the
overall new skills development dispensation.
ASGISA as a programme cannot alone resolve the problems and
challenges of unemployment and shortage of skills in our economy.
The re-calling and mobilisation of the retired professionals implies
Our transformed institutions of higher learning have failed to
produce suitable qualified professionals.
The previous approach on resources allocation favored apartheid
institutions and thus they manage to meet the demands of the
Transformation of SETAS is critical to meet the demands of the
Therefore resolve that:
ASGISA must dynamically talk to the industrial policy,
Build-in the deployment of skills and monitor the movement of
qualified professionals in the economy
The state gets fully involved in enforcing and monitoring the work
of the SETAs
All bottlenecks in the education and training institutions be
identified and removed;
Re-call of retired professional and importing some professionals
should not compromise the state responsibility on developing
skills for its citizens;
The priority sectors should be a joint alliance decision to avoid
focusing on sectors where there is strong competition and high
levels of unsustainability. e.g. tourism and call centres;
The minister of labour publishes on semester basis, bad
performing companies in terms of skills training and acquisition.
27. Industrial Strategy and General Economic Policy-making:NUMSA
the efforts of government through the tabling of the proposed
national industrial policy framework document, regional
industrial development strategy and the ASGISA initiative, to
formulate a coherent framework for industrial development in
that there is a need to move our industry policy away from the
bias towards commodity production to a strategy for the
development of more high value-added products for both
domestic consumption (import replacement) and exports.
that the export-led growth and economy strategies that have
been followed by the government have failed to respond to
local needs but focused too narrowly on exports.
Fixed investment by both the public and private sector has been
too low to sustain high growth and employment rates
that the existing structure of wealth and ownership is greatly
distorted and at best totally unsustainable. South Africa remains
as the most unequal country in the world in terms of income
inequality and wealth distribution.
the historic legacy of our economy in terms of the
underdevelopment in skills and technology of the majority of our
that South Africa has a critical unemployment problem and that
this has far-reaching effects on the problem of poverty in our
that we should ensure that government finalises these proposed
strategies with full engagement with all stakeholders
that these strategies once finalised be implemented through a
coherent and expeditious plan
that one of the most important determinants of economic growth
should be the increase in domestic market and domestic demand.
Both government and industry should propagate policies that boost
demand for goods produced and provide support to those who are
supplying those goods.
that there should be support for all initiatives that encourage
beneficiation and the development of employment-creating
that the emphasis on government policies, through for example the
Motor Industry Development Programme, should be centred
around local needs such as the need for a sustainable and
adequate public transport system.
to urge government to urgently design practical systems:
To ensure that all new government programmes,
without exception, are measured before
implementation against the ASGI-SA targets;
To ensure that all spheres of government align as far as
possible with the industrial policy as part of ASGI-SA;
That greater effortS than those that are currently in place is needed
to address the problem of wealth and income inequality. This should
be done by way of transferring the wealth of the country to the
poor there must be programmes of restoring the national heritage
of our country to the people as a whole. Public private partnerships
must also be used to restore the national wealth and heritage of
the South African people as a whole e.g. minerals and
beneficiation. More emphasis needs to be placed on the
implementation of broad-based BEE and land reform.
That the JIPSA initiative must be accelerated to produce skills that
will intervene in growing the economy and creating jobs;
That more should be done to encourage sustainable job creation
and retention. Both the problem of employment as well as that of
the working poor should be addressed through the usage of policy
instruments such as labour-intensive public infrastructure
28. Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment: NUMSA
BBBEE has become an issue which occupies prominence in the
the private sector has thus far been slow in transforming their
industries and not taken the initiative to implement BEE practices
outside government-led initiatives
the reluctance of the private sector in some quarters, especially
in the metals and auto industry to engage with all stakeholders,
including labour, in concluding sector charters developed to
deal with sector-specific issues of empowerment
the government process of developing codes of good practice
has been arduous and time-consuming
the levels of inequality and uneven economic opportunities still
remain unacceptably high among different racial groups in our
That there is a huge number of working class people and poor
who do not have access to finance due to their status of being
fronting and tokenism remain big obstacles in acquiring true
that narrow interpretations of BEE have not been EEA and SDA
There is no clear government policy on BEE and the role of co-
That preferential procurement practices specifically in the public
sector are not clearly defined and also not adequate enough to
bring about significant transformation
That BBBEE is an essential element of economic growth in South
Africa and that it should be implemented in a broad-based
manner so as to benefit the masses of black people, including
the working class and poor
to actively promote a BBBEE strategy as encompassed by the
Act and the Codes of Good Practice which seeks to radically
empower all previously disadvantaged communities by opening
up access to economic opportunities and permanently
to campaign against a narrow, self-interest interpretation of
BBBEE which is centred around ownership and the enrichment of
to ensure that this strategy redistributes wealth among all
disadvantaged communities and serves as a tool to eradicate
not only racial and class, but also gender inequalities
to call for and ensure that the empowerment charter process
takes place in all sectors and that industry engages effectively
with other stakeholders, more specifically labour, on
to encourage government to facilitate access to finance to
SMMEs and co-operatives, especially those with job-creation
To give our support to other initiatives such as the financial sector
charter and the related SACP campaign, which aim to provide
previously disadvantaged individuals with access to economic
to call for other empowerment vehicles which fall outside the
codes of good practice such as land and agrarian reform,
public works programmes and the re-nationalisation of state
owned assets and enterprises.
to implement mass training programmes for workers and the
unemployed with regards to addressing Skills Development and
Employment Equity issues, etc.
That COSATU, together with partners such as the Dora Tamana
Institute must develop clear guidelines on the establishment of
29. Sex Workers-NUMSA
that prostitution in South African society remains criminalized and
sex workers are stigmatized because of this, while other countries
across the world have legalized and regulated the sex workers’
Studies have shown that sex workers are amongst the most
vulnerable, abused and exploited workers in society because
most are forced into it because of hunger and poverty.
the progressive work undertaken by SWEAT (Sex Education and
Advocacy Taskforce) to highlight the oppressive conditions that
sex workers are exposed to in society, including harassment by
the police and law enforcement agencies
that Cosatu must work with all progressive forces to decriminalize
sex work amongst adults.
that the federation must take steps to counter the stigma and
harassment that these workers often have to endure at the hands of
Federation to develop an educational awareness campaign for sex
COSATU should use available research on sex workers and take
concrete steps to:
o Establish sex workers’ needs.
o Eradicate child prostitution.
COSATU must pursue discussions with SACCAWU and SWEAT
towards organizing sex workers into a properly constituted union
that can affiliate to the federation
30. Import Parity Pricing: NUMSA
That the South African economy has an abundant production of
basic materials including basic metals and that the benefits of this
production are not realised fully due to uncompetitive pricing in the
That import parity pricing, which is a form of uncompetitive pricing,
means that prices which include import costs, which do not exist in
reality are used
That import parity pricing is stifling the growth of downstream
manufacturing in South Africa.
That import parity pricing also has a direct adverse effect on the
poor due to the fact that it pushes up the prices of low-cost
housing, food and medicine.
That the privatisation of state owned businesses such as
Iscor/MittalSteel, with no form of regulation has had a negative
impact on downstream industries.
That no clear competition policy exists that monitors and protects
downstream industries from uncompetitive behavior by
conglomerates in the upstream industry.
That the export of scrap metal and other materials even though
there is excess demand locally has a destructive effect on the
competitiveness of downstream industries and that the department
of trade and industry is currently commissioning research on the
feasibility of introducing export controls in this market.
To ensure that the practice of import parity pricing in our industries is
To campaign against upstream companies who persist in pursuing
the practice of import parity pricing at the expense of downstream
to call for the amendment of the Competition Act so as to ensure
that there is a price and monitoring system in place to ensure
compliance by companies and to ensure that companies are
unable to exert undue market influence
to ensure that import parity pricing is strictly controlled with respect
to products which are significant to poor people such as food,
medicine and housing material
to push for the regulation of key industries involved in the
manufacturing of industrial goods through consultation between
the stakeholders at Nedlac level and international level.
that the state should play a central role in regulating the
exportation of scrap metal, in order to allow local businesses access
to scrap metal at a competitive price.
31. Multi National Companies and Capital Mobility :NUMSA
Multi National Companies do move from one country to the other
without any hindrance .
That, the capital mobility is motivated by the will to make huge
profits at the expense of the working class.
Capital move from country to country respecting no national states
Capital always wants to maximize profit on the expense of the
workers especially in third world countries.
COSATU is capable of mobilizing the working class across all
spectrums to stop this easy capital mobility and exploitation of
the working class.
NUMSA and few COSATU affiliates are successfully waging and
effective war against companies that do exploit workers across
COSATU and the OAATU must make a continuous surveillance of
monopoly capital where ever it settles and nestles in the continent.
We should establish a regional networking in the SADC region as to
ensure standardization of minimum working conditions.
We must strengthen SATUCC)
That we pressurize ILO to ensure that all countries adhere to all its
All COSATU unions to enter into bilateral agreements/exchange
programmes with sister unions in SADC and the rest of the
That ICFTU_AFRO and OATTU must engage the OAU in bilateral
discussions on an annual basis to monitor compliance by employers
with ILO conventions on the continent.
That the federation must begin to assert its hegemony and work
with other trade unions in ECOSSOC. To also call for the integration
of ECOSSOC into the NEDLAC process.
32. BRUTALITY OF POLICE DURING PROTEST ACTIONS-POPCRU
That there is a growing concern/ dissatisfaction among
communities on provision of basic services by government in
general and local government in particular e.g. infrastructure
development, electrification and sanitation etc.
The primary role of police during lawful and peaceful
demonstration or gathering
The historical significance of community demonstration, its
impact and intended consequences, as well as the legitimate
expression of democratic and civil liberties
The inhumane, barbaric and violent response by the police in
managing these demonstrations by reverting to the old apartheid
style/ approach in dispersing such demonstrations
The current narrow and defeatist community policing approach
which renders the whole concept as a public relations exercise
The right to protection of democratic political life
That South Africans are part of the Global community citizenry,
guaranteed in their basic human and civil liberties, determined by the
United Nations Human Rights Charter [UNHRC], International Labour
Organisation [ILO] Conventions, RSA Constitution and the Labour
That the police has by all intents and purpose have the right to
maintain that no lawlessness, violent activities, and property damaging
takes place during such demonstration, and that there is absolute
compliance with the rule of law whilst upholding the right to dignity of
That the demonstrations have no bearing or intentions to undermine
the democratic state, or cause anarchy, or to commit crimes, or to
overthrow our infant democratic order and institutions, but a just
expression of dissatisfaction on the slow pace of delivery in
infrastructure development and marginalisation of communities on
issues affecting them, therefore an urgent need for intervention
That peaceful and lawful demonstrations are an acceptable
phenomenon in a democratic society
Communities themselves have a responsibility to ensure that their
demonstrations are peaceful and properly managed, and that no
criminal elements or hidden agendas are fuelled in such events.
Communities have a civic duty to be law-abiding citizens, and to
develop a collaborative approach with the police
Foster, promote and consolidate community policing during the legally
protected and peaceful demonstrations.
To continuously embark on an integrated program of training and
education within all the relevant structures on the role of the police
within a democratic state.
Develop a collaborative approach with law enforcement agencies to
apprehend and expose acts of lawlessness during such
To condemn with the strongest possible terms the apartheid style of
police brutality during these lawful and peaceful demonstrations to
call upon the police top management to put effective measures/
systems in place to ensure an immediate stop to this brutal type of
To ensure a comprehensive policy approach that is not the preserve of
a few police officers, but that ensures maximum participation by both
members of the police and the entire community at large.
To influence and encourage that the state should formulate all
inclusive approach on the strategic direction of the security
establishment as well as the development of such strategy.
Foster the development of a well-resourced and inclusive proactive,
effective, and inclusive policing approach.
Campaign for the streamlining of all policing strategies and activities
by all security agencies to ensure an efficient and effective
collaborative approach to crime and criminality.
Influence and support a setting-up of a continuous campaign by the
state for retrieving all unlicensed firearms and discourage possession
of small calibre firearms.
Demand the state to manage and strictly control the issuing and
control of firearms to private security agencies as well as monitoring
the database and usage of such arms.
33. MANDATORY SENTENCE-POPCRU
The police have an obligatory duty to protect South African citizens
at all times.
That the police has, by all intents and purpose, the right to maintain
law and order, prevent violent activities, and protect property
damaging not to take place within society, and that there is
absolute compliance with the rule of law whilst upholding the right
to dignity of all citizens.
The unacceptable killing of police officers during their execution of
The current narrow and defeatist community policing approach
which renders the whole concept as a mere relations exercise.
The scourge of police killing if left unaddressed, the attempt by the
state to ensure development, eradication of poverty and job
creation will be seriously compromised as there will be no
guarantee in the minds of the citizens that the state has the
capacity to provide safety and security.
The current impact of capitalist approach promotes lack of respect
for police life in the quest for individual, unlawful accumulation of
There should be a mandatory sentence for all those found guilty of
killing the police officers.
To engage the department of Justice to develop some strategies
and designs to review sanctions when dealing with these kind of
That human rights commission offices be established closer to the
people so that they may be easily accessible .
That special procedures be developed to process cases speedily
That high penalties be meted out against murderers and criminals
that are threatening the lives of people; women and children in
That all pending cases are speedily investigated and re-opened for
retrials, the Three Rivers Laundry murder case in particular.
That if there is any institution that has a leaning towards apartheid
style racism then such an institution, should be investigated and its
licence be revoked and that COSATU should call for a consumer
boycott of those institutions
Transformation of centre of administration of Justice and courts in
particular is more urgent than ever before
34. Public Transport: NUMSA
That the current public transport is not safe, not affordable and not
accessible to the disabled people and the poor in our country
That government has invested billions of Rands on Gautrain as a
way of meeting the needs of South African citizens
That 2010 world cup which would need a comprehensive transport
system is just around the corner
That there is under-investment in existing public transport
infrastructure and operations, and a lack of integration between
services and infrastructure of transport and a lack of public
transport services or no services at all in main rural communities.
That government build an integrated, accessible, affordable and
sustainable public transport system in the country, which is inter-
model and includes both short, medium and long distance travel.
That Cosatu engage alliance partners and government on reliable,
safe and regular transport services that take into account the
changing commuters preferences
That government reform public transport subsidy that will deal with
equal distribution between types of public transport and between
35.Electricity restructuring: NUMSA
(Amendments to previous COSATU resolution underlined)
Since the 8th congress government has heeded our call for broadly
focused cost benefit analysis of the restructuring of the electricity
Establishing a forum, which is all-inclusive to address amongst others
the cost benefit analysis called “Multi Party Stakeholder Forum”.
The government intends to go ahead with the restructuring of the
distribution industry by setting up six regional electricity distributors
(REDs), and establishing a competitive market within the electricity
Supply Industry (ESI) through the introduction of Independent Power
The introduction or encouragement of private sector participation
in the ESI has failed thus far as a result of cost and long lead time
required before benefits to private sector, which is a victory to the
Throughout our engagement in the run up to the adoption of the
1998 Energy White Paper and in NFA discussions, we have been
resolute in our opposition to private sector involvement in the
As a compromise and as way of rationalizing the electricity
distribution industry (EDI), COSATU agreed to setting up regional
electricity distributors, provided there was a single, national holding
company (EDI Holding Company). The holding company was
regarded as absolutely necessary, since without it, “the
regionalization of distribution could maintain and worsen the spatial
inequalities left by apartheid”. We further call on government not to
restructure both the generation and transmission of the electricity
including the retention of the public electricity utility (amendment
Among other reasons, a National Holding Company is important
because it will be able to reallocate resources between REDs where
there is necessary for redistributive purposes, and ensure that all of
them are able to fulfill their service delivery responsibilities.
That as early as June 2006 there was a call from government that a
feasibility study be conducted for the seventh (7th) RED and
interested parties must make representation. Accordingly two of the
federations’ affiliates have made a joint representation.
The main drivers and beneficiaries of the proposed ESI restructuring
will be big corporations, which will be able to source electricity
directly from generators, as well as financiers who will speculate on
the price of the electricity.
The transfer of electricity distribution from municipalities to the REDs
could have very severe effects on the financial viability of
municipalities and their ability to deliver their constitutional
mandate with regard to service delivery.
That at the level of MSF there is agreement that those municipalities
who has no ability nor resources to reticulate electricity would not
be disadvantaged. A fund is established, in the interim, and
capacity is built in parallel, to capacitate those under- resourced
Because the government has conceded to some of our demands
and concerns as per most clauses under noting and
notwithstanding the ANC 2000 local government election manifesto
on free basic electricity, we therefore undertake to participate in all
fora created in EDI restructuring. (amendment)
We call on the government to extent the mandate of MSF to
conduct a proper cost benefit analysis of the ESI i.e. Generation,
Transmission and Distribution. (amendment)
In our engagement on EDI restructuring, to maintain our position
that the EDI Holding Company be the end-state situation and not a
transitional arrangement as proposed by government.
Numsa must remain opposed to privatization of electricity
36. Energy Sector: NUM
The energy sector is a very diverse sector
The sector consists of many sub-sectors such as, fossil fuels, nuclear
and renewable energies
It is a fundamental barometer for economic growth
Key element of maintaining higher standard of living.
Encourage development of economy.
There is no coherent policy approach from government to
encourage efficiency within the sector.
The restructuring of this sector has not made access and
affordability available to the majority of South Africans.
There is a need to strengthen the various unions in this sector.
Only through a consolidation of this sector can we confront the
challenges in this sector.
It is our duty to off-set the negative consequences of retrenchments
but also to build capacity of unions to confront challenges in this
Through consolidation we can respond to these challenges more
That the Federation must encourage the consolidation of this
That all unions organizing in this sector must be encouraged to
engage in enhancing towards the consolidation of the sector.
Where applicable, affected unions must transfer membership to the
37.Broad based social security net: NUM
The unemployment levels are at the highest proportion in South
Africa, particularly amongst the youth,
Further noting that:
The current social grants for children, the disabled, and the elderly
are not sufficiently responding to the challenges of unemployment
There is no attractive social security net in the country;
Therefore resolve that:
Naledi is tasked to conduct extensive research on the following:
Social grants linked to projects
Other social grants models be examined to develop a workable
formula along the lines of Latin America but suitable for the south
Impact of early retirement at age 55 as called for by the Young
The outcomes thereof to be dealt by the CEC,
To support the campaign by the Young Communist League for the
reduction of retirement age to 55 in order to absorb the youth into
the labour market;
That congress tasks Naledi to investigate systems, approaches ,
and proposals on funding a comprehensive social security net
through capital and state saving which would attract older citizens
to retire early and create space for youth to enter the labour
That the an investigation should inform the approach in order to
avoid dangers wherein early exit of older citizens does not
guarantee absorption of the youth in such market;
That the system that would be recommended should be supported
by the BIG proposals as discussed and adopted by the 8th COSATU
Congress (resolution no. 18).
38. CREDIT BUREAU: NUM
The majority of the African people in our country do not have access
to credit financial institutions
Further noting that:
The structure of the economy is such that the gap between the rich
and the poor is widening , with the poor trapped in marginalised
economic conditions , making it difficult for them to repay debt and
clean their credit record,
Therefore resolve that:
Congress supports the SACP campaign;
The federation must develop clear campaign strategy jointly with the
SACP to popularize the financial sector campaign including the credit
amnesty with the SACP as a leader of the campaign;
39.The role of COSATU in the ICT Sector
Restructuring in the ICT took place without significant involvement
or inputs from labour
This restructuring led to higher prices of services, job losses and
changes in the bill or laws governing the sector
Many companies use inappropriate measures of effectively and
productivity for restructuring
The sector emerging as the investment hub for up and coming
business people, including some progressive organizations, with the
profit objective as their only plan
Cosatu parliamentary office has not played its proper role in
assisting CWU during the development of ICT bills, like the
The ICT services are heading towards private ownership
Cosatu can play a significant role in the ICT sector which is currently
facing investors concentrating on profit making
ICT play an important role in the political, economical and social
activities of the country
ICT is key to the growth of any economy
Private sector will not extend ICT services to the poor and under
Further believing that:
Private ownership of ICT will only result in narrow financial gains with an
under investment in infrastructure
Privatization will serve to widen and deepen inequalities
Active involvement of COSATU will contribute towards processes where
government and business will be engaged
Therefore resolve that:
COSATU with CWU should lobby government and business to enter into
public-private partnership so as to extend and upgrade infrastructure
and commit to delivery of cheap, accessible and affordable services
COSATU to campaign for ownership of ICT services to remain in the
hands of government in strategic state owned enterprises
There should be promotion of local telephone and electronic industries
as it will lead to growth in the economy and creation and retention of
NEDLAC processes and decisions to be revived and respected by both
government and business.
40. Resolution On Retirement Funds: NUMSA, SACTWU
Currently there are 13 766 Retirement Funds and 10 463 are exempted
from applying the Provident Fund Act worth R64.8 billions of rands;
These funds mostly benefit the big insurance companies and our
members benefit very little;
There are Industry, Company and Plant (shop), Mine or Domestic
Over the last 40 or 30 years captains of industries and the previous
regime have been colluding in robbing our members by engaging in
acts such as:
Changing some of the regulations covering these funds;
Granting employers contribution holidays
Borrowing from the funds for expansion purposes amongst others;
Deciding with the Registrar that either the Labour Relations Act or
Provident Funds Act governs the funds.
The current Registrar’s intention reversing these illegitimate gains made
The current adjudicator is also intending on protecting workers by
making a Ruling that favour workers or members of these Retirement
There have been labour conferences called on retirement funds e.g
Magaliesburg conference in 2004 and Vanderbijlpark in 2005 under the
auspices of Nedlac
The intention of these conferences was to consult labour on the
intention to amend the pension fund Act of 1956.
with concern the move to change our workers from provident fund
benefit to the old pension fund.
That retirement funds do not have a statutory requirement.
That workers are not in control of the funds.
That some funds still implements unfair penalties towards our
members i.e. vesting scales , resignations and dismissals etc.
that Affiliates and Federation have not been able to compel and
monitor that the funds comply with GDS undertaking of 5% social
The existing inadequate controls by Retirement Fund Trustees over
decisions of investment managers
The need to ensure that investment decisions create conditions for
sustainable, long term growth and social equity
Key amongst the objectives of the Financial Services Board is to
rationalize/reduce the number of funds for the benefit of
Benefits should be shared equitable between all the stakeholders.
Company, Factory, Mine and Shops individual Retirement Funds
should be linked to either of the thirty eight sectors of the economy.
The State has a responsibility to protect all the stakeholders
particularly the members from illegitimate/illegal acts committed by
Fund Managers and employers such s changing regulations,
employers making loans from the Funds;
The Pension/Retirement Funds Registrar has the right to determine
the statute governing these Funds including regulations.
Both the Registrar and Adjudicator of Retirement Funds corroborate
in cleaning the statute governing these funds including making
Rulings where necessary.
Workers are still married to the total benefit and package of
It is going to be difficult to change the mindset of worker trustees.
Therefore Resolve that:
we reaffirm the discussions in the Federation to mobilise assets
controlled through retirement funds into a single entity.
that trustees of retirement funds are accountable first and foremost to
the trade unions that elected them.
The Federation would actively support the reduction from 13 766
Retirement Funds including reviewing the 10 463 exemptions.
Reduction / Rationalisation and reviewal of exemptions will have
positive spin-offs for members including improved benefits and
reduced individual contributions.
We call upon the Federation to actively support the eradication of the
fragmented funds and form industrial bargaining councils and sectoral
All the Sectoral Retirement Funds should be covered by one statute i.e.
Pension fund Act.
Tampering with any of the Regulations should be a punishable
We call upon both the Federation and Affiliates to conduct regular
seminars or workshops for worker trustees on Pension Fund
Adjudicator’s progressive judgements including shop stewards.
COSATU Retirement funds to be statutory.
That the federation should embark on a campaign amending the
Pension Fund Act to give 100% control of the funds to workers.
That the federation and affiliates should ensure that the provisions of
the Pension Fund Act apply to all funds in order to avoid unfair
That affiliates and the federation must ensure that the funds comply
with the GDS obligation of socially responsible investment of not less
Strengthen Trustee control over Pension and Provident Fund
Ensure that investment managers support investments in Proudly SA
companies and public reporting thereon and that Trustees carry this
out in their work
Provide investment mandates only to asset managers, which are
members of the Proudly SA campaign.
41. SNPF Ownership and Overall Transformation of the FSB: SACCAWU
From the relentless struggles of the ’80s, the unions/workers
fought for control of the Pension/Provident Funds and the
right to direct and decide on such funds related investments;
and thus contribute towards economic growth
Such struggles advanced in the late ‘80s emerging with many
unions establishing worker controlled umbrella funds with
enormous delegation/commitment of their own resources
From inception such struggles were met with fierce resistance
by the Bosses who never were transparent and had overtime
used these Funds to build and grow their companies without
checks or intervention of the State. And this, without any
shadow of doubt was a class struggle over control of one
component of the economy
All the current buildings, malls and profitable properties were
built with Funds monies, including economic empowerment
of the Afrikaners and the prescribed assets policy; without any
Fund members’ consent or knowledge, at times at the
detriment of the very members, as some monies were used to
acquire oppressive artillery and boost of oppressive State
Machinery or Apartheid
When unions established these Funds, employers once more
built the parallels that were to compete with Union Funds.
And further noting the Regulatory untransformed but anti-
working class Institutions, like FSB are predominantly the
preserve of the Employers, Lawyers and the captains of
Insurance Industry, who all are not worker-friendly or biased.
Further note with concern that it is now full four (4) years since
the SNPF was mysteriously and unnecessary put under
curatorship with alarming and wild allegations, with no end in
sight for such curatorship
If billions of rands belonging to the Workers within these Funds
were under control and direction of the working class,
enormous contribution towards economic growth, social
desirable investments and community development,
employment creation and growth of retirement benefits
would vastly realised,
At the moment and under the untransformed FSB the notion
of union/worker controlled Funds is under siege, with
actuaries, Insurance Companies, employers and
asset/Investment Managers, at best milking the Funds and
mechanically using terminologies or buzzwords like “Fiduciary
Duties” as deterrents to keep unions at bay; whilst on the
other hand using old divide and rule tactics, would co-opt
and manipulate some trustees or leadership for maintenance
of status quo with the blessing of such leadership, whose blind
and innocent anti-corruption sentiments are exploited
Concerted efforts of the entire labour movement to take
control may completely shift the economies of scale and
balance of economic power towards the working class
Further believing that:
The seizure of the SNPF under curatorship indefinitely, is but
one component of the overall Capital strategy, in
collaboration with the FSB to resist if not eliminate ownership
and control of the Provident or Umbrella Funds by workers
and the Unions. The seizure of SNPF on the curatorship
disguise, is nothing but the class attack on the part of Capital
abusing institutions such as FSB.
Placing under curatorship becomes necessary to urgently
deal with financial irregularities; and protracted curatorship
defeats the very purpose and objective of such process.
Hence our submission that the SNPF curatorship at best is the
curatorship of a special type, that only serves as destruction
and individual(s) self-enrichment.
If the wide but widely-publicised allegations used to justify the
placing of the SNPF under curatorship were anything to go
by, it is our submission that the most effective and expedient
way to address the allegations was and still is the
commissioning of investigations by a credible and qualified
investigations or crime intelligence agency or institution,
especially if as portrayed by the FSB to had the best interest
of the Fund members at heart.
That a demand be made for adequate labour
representation in FSB Board as well ensure that other
members are individuals representative of the Society,
finance/insurance industry with expertise on the Fund
aspects and vision
Aggressive removal of the SNPF from curatorship and
return to its rightful owners control, administration,
governance and management
Commissioning of concise and intensive investigations by
either the Scorpions or any credible Investigative /
Intelligence agency on the following:
the role of FSB and Old Mutual on putting the Fund under
curatorship as well as processes leading to same and
during the curatorship
the detailed report on claims submitted and processed,
such as funeral cover, death and withdrawal benefits
the detailed report on investments made, investments
recalled and reasons thereof
complaints by members and steps taken to attend to
detailed reasons for the destruction of SAC and liquidation
of SIH as well as the current value of the Investee
Companies acquired by SIH before curatorship
the processes and criteria applied on nominating the
what happened to the so-called irregularities allegedly
committed by the Trustees and/or Principal Officer
why there never were any arrests or convictions in the light
of Public vilifications and wild allegations?
the role of the Curator, his legal firm and the overall costs
to the Fund during the curatorship period
whether or not the trustees were involved in improper
conducts, including the SAC and SIH Boards of Directors
and the status on the investments they have made
the transparent revelations on tender processes,
appointment of Service Providers and some disinvestments
including criteria applied
possible conflict of interests in such appointments as well
as with regards to the curator and his Law Firm and/or
The formation of a committee comprising all affiliates to
develop an overall plan to transform the entire industry,
including the FSB as well as intervention plan to further
advance, defend and retain worker controlled Funds
concept on all respects
Reiterate that trustee elections of Union owned Funds to
be the sole preserve of the Union, as well as the recalling
of any Trustee that does not adhere to the Union mandate
and worker control principle; as well as ensuring that the
adherence to clear / corporate governance on fiduciary
duties is not confused as meaning that Trustees are not
accountable to their constituency but become FSB
42. Workers` Bank: NUM
There is a need for a workers` bank in South Africa,
There existing bank named TEBA Bank is owned by mineworkers and is
a mutual bank;
There are attempts to fully commercialise this bank,
The name carries negative past without conveying the present
Therefore resolve that:
The spin-offs of this bank must be channeled to the communities,
It must be restructured to reflect the social model in its investments on
The name TEBA Bank is changed to reflect the present realities;
The new bank should not be limited to mineworkers but be extended
for use by other workers in the country in fulfilling the reality of a workers
The bank must be protected against any means of privatisation;
Workers must have influence in terms of the strategic direction of the
bank in line with the principle of worker control;
Workers must have influence in investment decision with particular bias
for the development of working class arrears.
43. Shareholder Activism: SASAWU
The growing inequalities between the highest paid executive and the
lowest paid worker in South Africa;
The stated purpose of the Labour Relations Act is among others to
advance social justice;
The speech by the icon of our liberation, Nelson Mandela at the Make
Poverty History Campaign in February 2005 in London where he said:
“Massive poverty and obscene inequality are such terrible scourges of
our times … that they have to rank alongside slavery and apartheid as
The power that workers have through their pension funds an example
being the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) with
accumulated reserves in excess of R400 billion
That shareholders have a big role to play in reversing the culture of
pursuing profits at any cost and also reigning in the excessive and
generous executive remuneration
Shareholder activism can be a catalyst for ushering in a paradigm shift
towards a more caring culture that is not defined by the quest for
wealth accumulation and crass materialism
To campaign for shareholder activism aimed at bringing about a
paradigm shift in the way businesses are run.
To conduct an audit of all companies where our pension and/or
provident funds are invested.
To take a more active role in the affairs of the companies where our
moneys are invested.
To work towards achieving a wage gap of 1:16 between the highest
paid and lowest paid person in the workplace
To ensure compliance with corporate governance principles regarding
44. NEDLAC: NUMSA, SAMWU, SACCAWU
44.1.Information Dissemination from NEDLAC
That NEDLAC is one important terrain of struggle which we have used
to advance the agenda of social transformation
That the absence of a communications strategy to communicate
what is taking place in NEDLAC results in members being 'turned on
and off' at a moment's notice to come out on the streets.
One day the tap might just run dry as members get fed up with not
being properly informed.
That COSATU parliamentary office does not disseminate information to
affiliates who don’t have parliamentary offices
COSATU has been drawn into a broad range of forums to engage with
business and government. One such forum is NEDLAC.
NEDLAC was born out of our struggle to involve workers and society in
the formulation of policies, which directly affect them, particularly on
social and economic issues.
Our 1996 Living Wage Congress recognized that we need a
democratic movement perspective on the agenda of NEDLAC and
that we should:
o Use NEDLAC to change the power relations in favour of the
o View NEDLAC as a terrain of struggle to be contested to
advance the interests of the working class.
o Critically evaluate the implications for the working class of all
agreements reached at NEDLAC.
o Bring NEDLAC and its processes closer to the people by
developing a mechanism to involve members in the process of
policy formulation and ensure that all documents and
agreements are written in an accessible language.
o Consistently evaluate our strategies and ensure our effective
participation in NEDLAC.
Our participation in NEDLAC and other forums like the Millenium
Labour Council and the Presidents Working Group have, in the
main, not been pursued in accordance with the above.
Noting further that:
Affiliates are not always fully consulted or involved when matters
relevant to their sector are discussed in the various forums where
The community constituency is restricted in its participation at
NEDLAC to the Development Chamber.
That the current federation's publications are not assisting in
bridging the information gap between federation and affiliates
That parliament is a very important terrain of struggle and as such
affiliates must be empowered on a continuous basis about what is
happening in parliament
The involvement of workers, through their unions, in developing and
approving agreements reached in socio-economic forums is
fundamental to advancing broader working class interests.
If power relations are to be changed in favour of the working class,
the greatest degree of working class unity needs to be built.
Matters dealt with in Trade and Industry, Public Finance and
Monetary Policy and Labour Market Chambers are as important to
the community constituency as they are to the other NEDLAC
That COSATU’s information and publications section be tasked to
produce a monthly e-mail Nedlac newsletter along the lines of
COSATU Weekly to be e-mailed/faxed to all affiliates.
That all labour representative heads in the different chambers of
Nedlac present monthly reports detailing:
o Issues under discussion
o Issues approaching deadlock
o Time-frames around which issues will be dealt with.
o Report backs to workers must be structured so that workers
are not only mobilised for strikes.
That within two weeks from the congress the communications
department must devise a communication strategy, which will
make it easier to communicate information from parliament and
That the parliamentary office must also produce its own e-mail
newsletter which will from time to time brief affiliates about the
developments in Parliament.
That COSATU must look into a radio/tv slot on working class issues
covered in Nedlac.
Before commenting on any matter and/or representing the
Federation in any forum where matters relevant to a particular
affiliate/s are being discussed, the affiliate/s shall be consulted.
A more structured approach to the Federation’s work in the various
socio-economic forums, aimed at increasing the involvement of
workers in these processes, will be implemented as a matter of
urgency. This approach shall include ongoing education, regular
consultations and mandate taking and the use of mass action
A thoroughgoing review/audit of our work in these forums will be
undertaken by the CEC or any other body that the CEC so
determines within four months of the Congress. This review will
include testing our participation and the outcomes against the
objectives previously set for our participation in these forums. In
addition the review will also involve interviewing all persons who
currently represent COSATU at NEDLAC.
We build a much closer relationship with the community
constituency in NEDLAC including calling for their inclusion as full
participants in all NEDLAC chambers.
45. Strengthening NEDLAC and the Voice and the Voice of the Working
Class in Social Dialogue: SACCAWU:
NEDLAC was officially launched on the 18th of February 1995
through a declaration signed by the Representatives of Organised
Labour, Business and Government,
Operations of NEDLAC are dictated by the NEDLAC Act of 1994 as
well as the NEDLAC Constitution,
Full participation of the Community Constituency is only restricted to
the Development Chamber whilst this constituency may only
participate in specific activities of other chambers, upon invitation,
Capital and its political representatives have waged a systematic
campaign that seeks to undermine NEDLAC as the primary
institution of Social Dialogue, to the extent at times of calling for
NEDLAC to be abolished whilst knowing that NEDLAC remains the
only institution where inputs and engagements of the workers and
their communities on transformation are accommodated.
The NEDLAC Act defines the following objects, powers and
functions of NEDLAC;
promoting the goals of economic growth, participation in
economic decision making and social equity,
seeking to reach consensus and conclude agreements on matters
pertaining to social and economic policy;
consider all proposed Labour Legislation relating to labour Market
Policy before it is introduced in parliament,
Consider all significant changes to social and economic policy
before it is implemented or introduced in parliament,
Encourage and promote the formulation of coordinated policy on
social and economic matters,
Conducting investigations, considered by NEDLAC, as necessary,
Keeping abreast of international developments in social and
Conducting research into social and economic policy,
NEDLAC has already negotiated and concluded a number of
significant agreements including, labour laws as well as the growth
and Development Summit Agreement.
Consistent accusations that Government does not take the
institution serious since they do not consistently send senior
delegates to its meetings,
The spirit of the NEDLAC Act was undermined through the
introduction of GEAR as a macro-economic strategy,
Subtle attempts by Capital to undermine some of the NEDLAC
Agreements like the Growth and Development Summit Agreement,
The Labour Movement has already acknowledged some of its
weaknesses in participation in NEDLAC,
The current exclusion of the Community constituency from other
chambers is not consistent with the objects of the NEDLAC Act,
COSATU’s 2015 Plan calls for the strengthening of Social Dialogue
and in that context the empowering of NEDLAC,
Whilst NEDLAC has facilitated a number of Agreements it has not
done much on research for example,
Some of the important documents are not easily accessible since
the NEDLAC website is not updated on a regular basis and this does
not augur well for effective participation by working class
the budget allocated to NEDLAC is hopelessly inadequate and
does not demonstrate any serious attitude, by Government,
the current exclusion of the Community Constituency from other
chambers is not only inconsistent with the NEDLAC Act but tends to
weaken and fragment the voice of the Working Class in this primary
institution of Social Dialogue.
WE THEREFORE RESOLVE,
to re-affirm the role of NEDLAC as a primary institution of
to call upon Business in particular to confirm its commitment
to NEDLAC as a primary institution of Social Dialogue,
To campaign for the amendment of the NEDLAC Constitution
to allow for the participation of the community constituency
in all NEDLAC chambers,
To take steps aimed at ensuring that there is a substantial
increase in the NEDLAC Budget,
To mandate the first CEC after congress to develop a set of
measures aimed at strengthening our participation as Labour
such measures should include but may not be limited to the
Regular Workers Summits involving worker delegates from the
Regular strategic sessions of the leadership of the three
Providing adequate support and back-up for our delegates,
Define a clear role for the National Office Bearers of the
federation in exercising political oversight over our
participation in NEDLAC,
Ensure that our participation is mass driven.
46. Labour Court-SACTWU
Current attempts to change the Labour Court through transferring
its work to the provincial divisions of the High Courts, and remove
the right through Nedlac for labour to have a say in appointment of
To campaign for
o The retention of a specialist Labour Court with national
o Continuation of Nedlac’s role in the appointment of judges in
o a system that allows shopstewards and union officials to
continue to represent workers in the court
To serve a section 77 notice on reforms to the judiciary that undermine
the gains made in in the LRA on issues of appointment, specialization
47. 2010 South African Soccer World Cup: SACTWU
The Success of South Africa in securing the right to host the 2010 FIFA
The reality that football in South Africa is largely a working class game
but that financial constraints may deprive workers from access to
The need to make the 2010 World Cup a Proudly South African event,
characterized not only by African hospitality, music and culture, but
also by a socio-economic and developmental focus and an
opportunity to realize the social goals of our Bill of Rights, including the
To campaign for the 2010 World Cup to have a developmental focus
and act as a catalyst for achieving the broader goals of equity and
development that lie at the heart of a fair society.
To propose a 2010 Framework Agreement to be concluded at Nedlac
between all constituencies, which should contain provisions dealing
Local procurement in line with Proudly SA: all tenders and products
licensed for the 2010 World Cup which are technically capable of
being produced in South Africa should be made locally by companies
that are PSA members
Employment: all tenders and contracts should maximize employment
creation and technical criteria should be developed to achieve this
Infrastructure: all stadiums, roads, housing and other infrastructure
procured for the World Cup should be aimed at building sustainable
infrastructure, or modernising existing ones, in poor areas.
Accommodation built for the World Cup should be accessible to
working class tenants after the event
Labour standards: all procurement and contracts should explicitly and
verifiably support fair labour standards, including but not limited to
ensuring respect for labour laws, full freedom to join a union and
bargain collectively, secure employment, no use of child labour
BEE guidelines: the World Cup should promote broad-based BEE and
avoid this becoming simply an event where a small group will be
Promotion of cooperatives: a percentage of the contracts should be
set aside for legitimate cooperatives
Access to matches: the LOC should ensure that shopstewards and
workers have access to matches on discounted basis, and companies
should release workers in agreed numbers to attend matches and to
allow those unable to attend to at least watch the matches involving
Bafana, all other African teams and Brazil.
COSATU volunteers: provision for COSATU to mobilize thousands of
volunteers who will be marshals at the grounds, including inside the
stadiums during matches
To call on football players to fully commit to and promote an anti-
Culture and a promotion of fair play. Fifa should introduce, in addition
to the current yellow and red cards, a pink card for players who dive
for silly reasons.
48. HIV/AIDS: SACTWU
Current COSATU policy on HIV/Aids
support systems at workplaces Strengthen the practical side of the
education and treatment components of the campaign
Set target of 100 000 workers a month to be covered by union
workplace communication on HIV Aids
Train 20 000 peer educators annually
49. Skills Development: SADTU
Although, the SETAs have a key role to play in rolling out skills training to
meet the socio-economic needs of the country they have been slow
to deliver on their mandate
COSATU is one of the key stakeholders in the skills development arena
and has not successfully co-ordinated affiliates to maximise the
potential of the SETAs
The SETAs were set up to address labour market needs and to help in
the enormous task of skilling our un- and under-skilled citizens
The SETAS have the potential to increase the employment chances of
the unemployed and marginalised.
Therefore resolves that:
COSATU should be driving the skills development agenda of the
COSATU ensures that its representatives to the SETAs are well
capacitated, accountable and consistent in carrying the mandate of
50. Education and Training: SADTU
50.1. Free Quality Public Education: SADTU
More than a decade into our democracy the quality of education
delivered, and the responsiveness of the education offered to the
social, cultural and economic needs of the working class and the poor
learner are highly questionable
SADTU’s Education Review and other research indicate mixed success
of the new education system in terms of access, resources and quality
All schools and classrooms, particularly in working class and rural
communities are still fraught with disparities that continue to exist in
relation to social class, language, gender, race and location thus
increasing social fragmentation and increased inequality in our
The state has shed its responsibility for the provision of education and
transferred powers it School Governing Bodies thus further increasing
the burden of funding on parents.
In addition, the powers given to SGBs by South African Schools Act
have allowed privileged groups to effectively ‘privatise’ schools within
the public system through their control over school fees, appointments,
curriculum and the language policy of the school.
Our Freedom Charter stated that “Education shall be free, compulsory,
universal and equal for all children”, this vision is supported by our
democratic Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which regards education
as an undeniable human right.
The interests of the working class, the poor and the marginalized must
be the foundation on which the post-apartheid education system be
School governing bodies were envisaged to play a progressive role in
Therefore resolves that:
COSATU reassert its call that the state bear central responsibility in
the provision of quality education and training in terms of the
o Resources, including learning support material, school
infrastructure, libraries, adequate class sizes and training for
School Governing Bodies
o Progressively remove barriers to access including school fees
transport costs and costs of school uniforms etc.
o A comprehensive teacher development strategy that
produces well trained and qualified teachers
COSATU cadres reclaim School Governing Bodies and transform
them into powerful voluntary organisation bringing together
important section of the broader education community to
advance the aspiration of peoples education for peoples power
COSATU interrogate public education policy and its role in
sustaining discourses of difference and inequity to better meet the
needs of working class, rural and township communities, among
51. ABET: SADTU
Current estimates of the level of functional illiteracy in the country
are as high as twelve million and over eight million of our population
have received no schooling at all
There are provisions made for the ABET needs of the employed in
the formal sector of the economy
However, provision of ABET within the formal system does not cater
for a significant proportion of adult learners, especially out of school
youth and the unemployed, for whom the system is not accessible
Thus ABET continues to remain marginalised in the non-formal sector
to the detriment of the personal and community development
needs of the poor and unemployed
The provision for ABET is a constitutional obligation
ABET is imperative for the national development of the country in
general, and poverty alleviation and unemployment in particular
Therefore resolves that:
ABET, as a matter of urgency, be re-prioritized to effect a channelling
of resources (including financial) to deliver on the ABET needs of the
nation and as part of the federations commitment to life long learning.
COSATU, in collaboration with civil society develops and advances a
comprehensive campaign to champion the provision for ABET in poor
and marginalised communities.
52. Further Education and Training
The FET legislative environment lacks coherence and alignment in
terms of schools, vocational schools and colleges
There are high levels of uncertainty around the implementation of the
programmes for both FET school and FET colleges
There is a lack of readiness to implement quality FET in schools and
colleges in terms of physical, material and human resource
The FET sector has the potential to transform the socio-economic
landscape of the country
The FET band targets the education and training of the disabled, the
unemployed, the out of school youth and women
FET programmes should respond to the daunting challenges
confronting the nation, in terms of preparing the youth to enter the
workforce and reskilling the workforce to meet the skills need of the
The FET Act should be comprehensive and address all aspects of FET
Therefore resolves that:
COSATU reasserts itself in ensuring that FET delivers on the skills needs of
the youth, the working class, the poor and the marginalised by
campaigning for adequate resources for the implementation of FET.
COSATU ensures that amendments to the FET Act is coherent and
articulates the vision of the federation for further education and
53. Building the structures of the Federation –NUMSA
That there is uneven development of the structures of the Federation
at Provincial and Local Level.
That where there are locals in some regions, they subsequently
That the strength of the Federation at local and Provincial depends on
its ability to co-ordinate struggles of its affiliates.
That the Federation is weak if its affiliates do not participate in its
That the federation has been taking resolutions on organizing the
That there is uneven development and lack of training of the structures
of the federation at Provincial and national level
The CC/CEC took a resolution to demarcate regions into provinces
based on political boundaries and yet locals are not demarcated
accordingly. As a result this has caused problems for all the affiliates
that are not organised in the public sector.
The demarcation as decided by the C.C./-C.EC has caused major
problems for affiliates and Cosatu locals in regards to engagements
with alliance structures and other socio economic forums.
That the Federation in the past has relied on its quantitative and
qualitative strength to wage successful battles against capital.
That a weakening of this organizational base would undermine the
Federation and its collective organizational strength and recognition.
That the Federation has not clearly defined in more concrete and
organizational terms the role of its Provinces and Locals.
That resource allocation is a critical component in the life of any
That this has not translated into a clear strategy in organizing this sector
The participation in the bargaining councils will be problematic in that
the employer may undermine centralized bargaining by insisting on
This will have a negative impact on the existing structures in terms of
centralised bargaining processes.
That the CEC commissions a paper that clearly defines the role of the
Provinces and locals, including their sub-structures and the powers that
must be devolved to these structures and whether there is a need to
increase the manning levels and their financial implications.
That the CEC investigate the possibilities of launching regional offices
as demarcated by the Metro / District municipality boundaries, and
the impact that this will have on locals.
Affiliates organised in the private sector to submit reports to the next
CEC on how the demarcation has affected their operation.
That this includes the capacity issues related to interventions that
Provinces and Locals must make with their respective spheres of
That this National Congress empowers the next CC to finalise these
matters and any other constitutional changes arising from this exercise.
That the federation must ensure that each provincial office is well
resourced and structured so as to provide capacity building, service
and policy interventions at local/provincial level and training to all
54. On COSATU Sub-Province In The Vaal -NUMSA
That COSATU CEC has taken a decision to demarcate NUMSA
W.TVL region to fall under two COSATU Provinces, namely, North
West and Gauteng.
That this demarcation has left a vacuum in terms of co-
coordinating COSATU activities and dissemination of information.
That COSATU locals are not vibrant and visible to match community-
based organisations like SANCO, ANC, SACP.
That the CEC resolution created problems for most affiliates other than
public sector unions.
That COSATU is a mass-based organisation and must find its expression
as a leading component of elements of civil society.
That COSATU is not limited to work-related issues but must also
engage on community issues that affect workers where they live.
To establish a COSATU sub-province in the Vaal and appoint a task
Team to co-ordinate and disseminate information from two Provincial
offices to all affiliates around Vaal.
That the Task Team be given powers of the office bearers to convene
meetings of affiliates and represent COSATU in alliance meetings.
That the Task Team composed of affiliates, COSATU VDPB and VER
local offices bearers to lead COSATU Vaal sub-region.
That COSATU LEC member is mandated to participate around
community issues in all townships where ANC, SACP and SANCO have
branches thus re-affirming COSATU Resolution.
55.Demarcation Of Regions within COSATU-NUMSA
Since the last COSATU Congress, COSATU has taken a decision to align
its regional boundaries with those of the provinces.
This has happened successfully in most areas, except for Free State
and Northern Cape, which still form one COSATU province.
The COSATU constitution makes no provision for structures at a district
level (which would fall between the provincial and local structures).
Both the ANC and the SACP, as well as a range of other organizations
such as NGOs, CBOs and so on, have structures at a district level.
Some of the COSATU affiliates are not demarcated along provincial
Engagement and mobilization at a local level is more effective if it is
done within existing political boundaries, in other words, provincial
To have COSATU regions based on provincial boundaries for all but two
of the provinces hinders the effective co-ordination and functioning of
COSATU as a whole.
COSATU district level structures would allow for more effective
engagement and better co-ordination with organizations that also
have structures at the district/local level. It would also allow COSATU to
increase its influence among these organisations.
COSATU must, as a matter of urgency, complete the demarcation of
COSATU regions to co-incide with provincial boundaries. This means
establishing Northern Cape and Free State as separate regional
Adequate and equitable infrastructural, financial and human
resources must be given to all COSATU regions to be able to function
The COSATU Constitution must be amended to allow for district level
structures to be established. Decisions about the setting up of district
level structures must take into account:
56. Internal support – COSATU’s role towards affiliates -CWU
COSATU’s leadership is inconstantly supporting affiliates in their internal
problems and industry challenges, as observed over the years
There is no policy guideline on how COSATU intervenes when affiliates
are faced with challenges
Affiliates are faced with problems within their own union or within their
sector, which are always left to affiliate to resolve
COSATU as the mother body, who should treat its affiliates equally and
attend to any problem/s encountered by affiliates as and when it
occurs or known to Cosatu
All COSATU affiliates are equal before Cosatu structures and leadership
It is the responsibility of Cosatu to assist struggling affiliates or intervene
when they are faced with challenges
Therefore resolve that:
COSATU’s role and responsibilities towards its affiliates will always be
unbiased and consistent
Policy guidelines will be developed by the CEC which will be followed
by COSATU leadership and its structures on how COSATU will support
57. Internal solidarity amongst COSATU affiliates –CWU, SACCAWU
Workers continue to wage heroic struggles in defense of their living
standards and that such struggles are in the form of strikes, in the
Some of the strikes that were embarked upon during the last three
years were prolonged in their nature whilst they arose out of wage
disputes. The UPN (Woolworths Distributors) strike, Equity Aviation
strike and the strike involving our class brothers and sisters in the
security industry are a case in point.
Our strikes are often isolated since there is very little active solidarity
from workers in other sectors of the economy.
Solidarity in Cosatu is defined in general terms instead of ensuring
actual internal solidarity
Many Cosatu affiliates have been facing their problems and struggles
individually due to independent approaches applicable to affiliates
Different approaches by individual Cosatu affiliates towards their
collective bargaining processes [periods and demands] and the
bargaining strategy gave companies and former Cosatu leadership a
leeway to defeat or frustrate individual Cosatu affiliates during
substantive negotiations and engagements
Lack of common approach by Cosatu affiliates leads to lack of
solidarity by other affiliates
There is no measuring stick for affiliates on engagements with
Strike action is the Universal weapon of the working class whilst “An
Injury to One Is an Injury to All” is an international battle cry of the
labour movement which signifies workers’ solidarity. This understanding
is not shared by the Armchair critics and petty bourgeois sociologists
who merely focus on palpable results in assessing strikes.
Strikes are a school of revolutionary strategy since they teach
participants about the nature of the capitalist system, its limitations and
Whilst the Labour Relations Act provides for protected secondary /
solidarity strikes, the trade union movement is yet to take full
advantage of this provision.
Trade unions have a duty to school new cadres on strike organisation.
The Organising Secretary of the Federation has an important role to
play in coordinating strikes by various members of affiliates of the
A single point of bargaining strategy for all Cosatu affiliates on all
labour related issues; freedom from unfair labour practices of workers
by employers, etc. will be challenged better
A common collective bargaining strategy by affiliates on collective
bargaining demands will lead to strong internal solidarity within Cosatu
Common approach by affiliates will minimize loopholes and
weaknesses and promote equal accountability to members and
Common approach by affiliates will allow balanced assessment of
COSATU affiliates individually as per the guidelines without any
Therefore resolves that:
COSATU congress should resolve on common collective bargaining
guidelines and a single forum for COSATU affiliates
All COSATU affiliates should be subjected to these guidelines
We re-affirm our commitment to the international battle cry of the
TO ensure that all structures of the Federation receive regular reports
on strikes and other collective disputes from all its Affiliates.
To mandate the CEC to:
o Ensure that a comprehensive capacity building programme on
strike organisation is developed for all Organisers and
o Facilitate regular sharing of information on strike tactics amongst
o Redefine the role of the Organising Secretary to ensure that the
Department gives strikes the necessary focus and attention.
o Consideration of a campaigns forum or structure that will
constantly monitor and develop strikes and solidarity
Organisation, as well as related Solidarity action across affiliates
instead of each affiliate or even the company on strike left on its
own and merely receive moral message of support without
o Consideration of establishing strike and solidarity funds both at
affiliates and Federation level.
58. STRIKE FUND -POPCRU
That globalisation as unprecedented outcomes within the labour
relations in the world and South Africa in particular.
Capitalism continues to unleash its hegemony and dominance which
leads to mass scale of retrenchment of workers, job losses and
casualisation in the world markets, thereby leading to worker militancy
in a form of industrial actions.
Captains of industries through their economic power arrogantly
explore delaying tactics in prolonging the duration of protest actions to
make workers loose patience and confidence in the trade unions’
bargaining power through “no work, no pay” principle.
The current South African labour relations context and its challenges.
COSATU and its affiliates have not explored the creation of a Strike
Fund to deal with these challenges.
That the workers all over the world and Republic of South Africa in
particular can intensify and sustain their industrial actions through a
properly managed creation of a Strike Fund.
For an establishment of a Strike Fund by COSATU as well as its affiliates
with an immediate effect as a measure to sustain and intensify
COSATU to assist its affiliates in cases of need for sustenance of their
industrial actions over a long period of time.
Modalities of the COSATU Strike Fund Levy to be determined by the first
CEC after the Congress.
59. Membership: SACTWU
the commitments on membership growth in the 2015 Programme
Affiliates should be given a target to grow their membership by at least
COSATU should convene an annual Central Committee on the theme
of membership growth and service improvement
60. Health and Safety Structures: NUM
thousand of workers are killed every day at the workplace ,
workers continue to be exposed to hazardous substances ,
workers continue to work under substandard conditions ,
health and safety stewards are not effective and there is a lack of
The inspectorate is weak in enforcing the legislation.
Therefore resolve that:
all affiliates of Cosatu should establish health and safety structures at
there must be health and safety Cosatu local health committees to
share experiences and also to come up with programmes ,
The provincial structures must oversee effectiveness of the local
Further resolve that:
these structures both local and provincial must ensure that there are
driving health and safety campaigns,
Cosatu to facilitate capacity development of the above structures,
Cosatu work with other progressive institutions in promoting health and
COSATU affiliates to effectively participate in Ditsela network on health
and safety issues
COSATU to further support the international health and safety day of 28
61. Partnership with Department of Labour
There are growing elements of racism and different types of accidents
resulting in casualties of ordinary workers in companies’ workplaces
These negative developments are perpetuated in the main by
negligence by employers or bad workplaces, racist elements, former
Cosatu and affiliates leaders who see oppression of workers as their
survival and capitalist tendencies
Department of labour offices and officials are under utilized and some
are used by employers through bribery
Employers ignore the current labour laws because there are no
effective monitors and enforcers of these laws
Strong partnership with department of labour will lead to reduction or
elimination of these negative developments
This partnership is strategic in nature, it will ensure that the partnership
agreement of 2005 [picking up the gains] is carried forward and it will
incorporate guidelines on working together during commemorations or
celebration of important days of our history
Therefore resolve that:
The congress endorse our partnership with department of labour
without compromising our trade union objectives
The partnership should be guided by proper consultation amongst role-
players and involvement of Cosatu members
62 Financial Self-Sufficiency, Management and Benefits-NUMSA,SACTWU
That Cosatu and affiliates are adopting in many instances, the
private sector strict management controls in the running and
management of finances.
That as a result of opportunities opening up in the private with
greater prospects of mobility and better remuneration, the
Federation and its affiliates are unable to retain staff.
That to reduce costs and to manage resources efficiently, affiliates
are now moving towards investments in property for their own use
The need to ensure a viable trade union movement,
organisationally and financially
the pressures on affiliates with both increased costs of servicing
members as well as levies payable to the federation
The implementation of Cosatu resolutions previously adopted on the
possibility of establishing provincial parliamentary offices has financial
implications for the Federation and its affiliates.
That decisions taken on organisational and political campaigns,
support for SACP and others strains the resources of the Federation and
Cosatu must be work towards self-sufficiency and independence, but
at the same be accountable to affiliates.
Therefore resolve that:
All the affiliates of the federation must pay their fees in time and on
a monthly basis.
That affiliates who are in arrears of more than 3 months with
affiliation fees must be reported to the CEC.
That Fincom must meet regularly once every month as per the
constitution, failing which the next CEC discuss and take
appropriate action against its failure to meet.
That no other decisions will be taken in any structure or fora that
have financial implications that are not part of the approved
budget endorsed by the CEC.
That reserves cannot be utilised unless the CEC has approved such
a decision with a clear motivation.
That Fincom on a monthly basis will receive a breakdown of
expenditure on fuel, contracts signed and binding, expenses on
vehicle maintenance and other operational expenditures.
That the decision to improve on the management of finances in the
Federation through the purchasing of property and tightening
financial control measures must be implemented without delay.
That the decision to harmonise conditions of employment
throughout the Federation in order to retain and attract competent
personnel must be effected without delay.
That the Federation considers measures adopted by affiliates to
strengthen their reserves in order to ensure that it sustains itself into the
That a task team led by Fincom is established to do work on these
areas and to report to the CEC in 2007
Have a single contribution that affiliates pay, made up of the following:
o a subs component,
o a socio/economic and political fund
o A solidarity fund.
COSATU should enter into negotiations with a range of service
providers to secure preferential rates/services for members
63.Affiliation Fees Formula: SACCAWU
Both the Federation and its Affiliates’ reliable income is from
membership subscription fees.
On commitment towards financial self-sufficiency and
organisational self-reliance both the Federation and some of its
Affiliates have established means of secondary income such as
proceeds from investment companies.
There exist forms of workers that present different forms of
challenges with regards to subscriptions fees of certain Affiliates,
especially seasonal and non-permanent, atypical or casualised.
Affiliates pay for all activities that are convened by the Federation,
at times including some incidentals and those that were never even
There is no established formula or strategy of intervention and/or
intervention on the part of the Federation in dealing with financial
and organisational problems flowing from these forms or patterns of
membership; at best the affected Affiliate becomes a victim of
ridicule and possible alternatives for its managed or somewhat
decent demise or withering away through either a merger or take
over, a practice which in our view is synonymous with Capitalist
tendencies to stifle competition and market share.
Further noting that:
Under Capitalism we might unwittingly, at the absence of other
references, fall into a trap of borrowing certain Capitalist concepts
and bow to spontaneity as well.
The very nature and objectives of trade union’s existence is for
solidarity and unity and not for competition and/or stifling of same.
The unique nature and characteristics of the different Affiliates cannot
be ignored with a one-cap-fits-all approach, since such an approach
is not equitable and it fails to appreciate the income base of various
A thorough analysis and understanding of the dynamics of different
industries / sectors and unions could go a long way in strengthening
and ensuring that there is sustainable and self-sufficient Federation and
Neglect of subscription fees dynamics within Affiliates becomes a
deterrent to growth, consolidation and sustainability of affiliates and to
some extent the organizational strength of the Federation.
THEREFORE RESOLVE THAT:
A feasibility study be conducted on an appropriate and equitable but
effective formula on Affiliation fees.
COSATU should either bear the costs of all Executive Meetings of the
Federation and incidental activities or apply a moratorium on affiliation
fees increase during the Congress period until 2009 Congress.
The Federation to desist from convening as many expensive meetings
beyond those budgeted for, with NOBs mandated to deal with all
issues in between yearly planned meetings but within the framework of
mandates and Policies of the Federation.
Proceeds of the Investment Company should be mobilised and
properly directed to realise the Federation’s objective of self-
sufficiency and self-reliance whilst relieving the Affiliates from paying
for every Federation activity.
64. Campaigns -NUMSA
Noting the following weaknesses:
Campaigns are treated as an event not as a tool to build an
Campaigns are not sustainable
Top down approach / poor communication strategy/ failure to update
Failure of affiliates to play a critical role in taking responsibility in
leading them /no resources are allocated to campaigns e.g. transport
Lack of identity / visibility of some affiliates' membership
Poor participation by alliance /MDM formations / broader masses
Inability of both the campaigns and the political education unit
strategy of using a campaign as a political tool for mass education to
inculcate political / ideological consciousness.
Glaring absence of the affiliates oriented campaign
Irregular attendance by Affiliates in national campaigns committee
Poor response to requests for material assistance to striking trade unions
We therefore resolve:
Early distribution of material
Build–up workshops for shop stewards, the alliance, MDM before the
Improve funding/ co-ordination at all levels
Data / monitoring mechanism to identify participating and non-
participating affiliates at all levels.
Campaigns to be embarked upon by affiliates must be fully discussed
in either the CEC or CC.
The Federation must call on a regular basis national campaigns
meetings which should also include affiliate struggles.
65. Constitutional Amendments: NUMSA,SAMWU
65.1Replace all references to "Region" with "Province" and any reference
to "Regional Office Bearers" in the Constitution must be replaced with
"Provincial Office Bearers"
Replace the word "region" with province wherever it appears in the
Constitution and Regional Office Bearers with Provincial Office Bearers.
65.2 Term of office for Local Office Bearers
The term of office for local office bearers (subject to the findings of the
resolution on building the Federation) to be aligned to that of the
provincial and national office bearers ie 3 years.
65.3 Removal of local office bearers - para 8.5
We propose that a clause that deals with the removal of the Local
Office Bearers from office should be introduced as paragraph 8.5 of
the constitution as follows;
“A local office bearer shall vacate his/her position should he/she:
o no longer pay union subscriptions to his/her affiliate subject to
provisions of affiliate’s constitution.
o Has not attended three consecutive meetings of the Local
Shop Stewards Council or Local Executive Committee without
sending a reasonable written excuse.
o (c ) Has resigned from workplace and union.
o Has been suspended by his/her affiliate
o has been expelled by his/her affiliate or the federation”
65.4 Clause 10.1 General Secretary - should be amended to read as
The General Secretary is responsible for performing all political and
socio-economic functions and duties (amendment) and these will also
include sections as contemplated in sub-clause 10.1.2
65.5. Deputy General Secretary should be amended to read as follows;
The Deputy General Secretary is responsible for performing the
functions and duties as contemplated in sub clause 10.1.2 and these
will also include sections as contemplated in sub-clauses 10.1,1, 10.1.3,
65.6 POWERS AND DUTIES OF NOBS + (CHAIRPERSONS)
Add the following clause:
“The powers and duties of National Office Bearers (and provincial
chairpersons) are to:
Preside at Congresses and all meetings of the Central Executive
Committee and Central Committee (Provincial Executive Committee).
The President shall have a deliberative vote only (i.e. will only vote if
there is a deadlock in the voting results)
Sign minutes of meetings
Supervise the affairs of the Union and work of the general secretary
Be a co-signatory to the national (provincial) banking accounts of the
attend and report to National (Provincial) congresses
perform any other duties which arise from usage or custom or the
provisions of this constitution wit regard to the position of the President.
65.7. The Vice Presidents shall:
Assist the president
Exercise the powers, functions and duties of the president in his/her
65.8 Duties of the Central Committee (CC)
The CC duties to be clearly defined and should deal with the
assessment and the implementation of resolutions, not only to draft
resolutions on urgent matters at the time of the CC.
65.9. Election of shop stewards into National Office Bearers positions
The COSATU Constitution makes provision for members of affiliates to
be elected into the National Office Bearers positions;
The debate that took place at the 9th National Congress on the issue of
who is eligible to stand as a National Office Bearer for COSATU; and
The increasing problem of individualism and self-serving behaviour that
is creeping into our movement and leadership structures.
Shop stewards, as representatives of the workers, are the cornerstone
upon which the progressive union movement has been built;
One of the ways that worker control has traditionally been built in the
union movement is through accountable shop stewards who act on
the basis of mandates and are subject to recall;
It is vital that worker leaders are, and remain, connected to a
constituency as a way of ensuring that they remain accountable to a
base and do not become free-floating individuals pursuing their own
Election of a member as a shop steward is one way of measuring the
confidence that workers have in that person’s ability to lead and take
forward the interests of the working class;
If a leader does not have the confidence of workers at his/her
workplace, they should not be elected into a leadership position at a
higher level of leadership;
To amend the constitution so that only shop stewards of affiliates in
good standing are eligible for election to the positions of President,
Deputy President, Second Deputy President, and Treasurer.
66. Media and the Working Class:
66.1communication and publications : NUMSA
That the federation has made great strides in refining networking
campaigns to raise its public profile against horrendous run-ins.
That our public relations crusades as a result have not satisfactorily
improved the state of inequity yet in respect of the working conditions
in the labour market environment, and employment of women and
people with disabilities.
That there is still insufficient media coverage and understanding in
various industry or sectoral agreements, particularly those relating to
employment equity, women and people with disabilities.
Enough is not done to ensure that the information is well
communicated through all electronic media and print media and,
does not reach all the members, especially those in the rural areas.
The Shop steward Bulletin is only meant for shop stewards and not the
That COSATU’s major publication is Shop Steward. However, Cosatu
has not done a recent survey of COSATU Shop Steward to see how it
can improve it.
That a number of COSATU affiliates are involved with Workers World
Media Projects on the community radio project. Many of these radio
stations are listened to by COSATU members but they suffer from a lack
of resources to build up their stations adequately.
That the public media like SABC is not in the interests of the workers
and the poor.
Workers on Wednesday on SA FM are not assisting as these issues are
discussed while workers are on the production line.
Believing that COSATU cyberspace is an effective tool with its
professional look and excellent design.
That website publications be expanded into a one-stop destination
to promote awareness of the federation’s historic achievements in
industry agreements through brief electronic news bulletins and
That obsolete news pamphlets should be replaced with well-
designed printed cards displaying condensed reports for many
workers without access to computers.
The Department of Labour should have a slot in one of the SABC-TV
channels from which COSATU should be given a slot.
The federation should introduce a bi-monthly COSATU newspaper
which should be funded by the service providers that will be given a
slot to advertise products in the newspaper.
Cosatu must consider publishing materials using our indigenous
languages Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, etc.
Affiliates must subscribe to all COSATU publications so that our
members are well informed and familiar with the events that affect
the federation and its affiliates.
COSATU should do a readers' survey of "Shop Steward" to see how it
can improve it.
Engage employers to fund and/or give financial support to
community based radio stations.
There must be a slot on workers issues during prime time on SABC
radio and TVs.
Affiliates to give support to current labour radio slots on SABC radio
stations coordinated by Workers World Media Project (WWMP) by
providing expert labour reps and Cosatu to discuss how it can
support the WWMP initiative.
A campaign should be led on the SABC TV and E-tv to cover
That there must be workers news and drama during prime time.
Bi-weekly “Cosatu To-day” to produce analytical pieces and be
proactive not reactive.
Cosatu to put pressure on Icasa to provide long-term or permanent
licenses to community radio stations that democratically serve
working class communities.
67. Media and Class Battles: SADTU
The continuing attacks on the working class in all sections of the
Bias and political subordination of the public broadcaster
That the class struggle is also an ideological struggle and that the
working class needs an independent voice in the media
To investigate the feasibility of expanding the voice of the working
o Establishing a weekly newspaper
o Partnering or buying shares in existing media companies.
68. Trade union education –NUMSA,NUM
Delivery of trade union education varies across unions
That education delivery continues to be poor in most affiliates at a
number of levels i.e. programme development, resource allocation to
education, numbers of unionists being trained, limited areas that
comrades are being trained in and the lack of monitoring and
evaluation of participants.
There is a general decline on resources allocated to trade union
education with affiliates not implementing the 10 % budget on
Some affiliates do not offer trade union education to their shop
Overall delivery of membership education, shop steward and political
education has been on a decline for a number of years now.
The political school only takes place at a national level, and
accommodates a limited number of delegates from affiliates
COSATU does not influence education methodology provided by
Ditsela to our shop stewards.
There were constraints faced by DITSELA and related organisations:
These organisations are meant to service the working class;
By their mere naming, they should service the workers and therefore
should be advancing the interests of the working class through arming
workers as their primary objective;
Lack of funding makes these institutions vulnerable and therefore the
potential to expose them to capitalist influence and philanthropy
Capitalist influence and philanthropy could compromise the objective
of arming the workers with working class oriented education;
Unions should be instrumental in training their shop stewards
politically and otherwise.
There is a need to revive and drive trade union education and
that COSATU should have a well coordinated and structured
programme with time frames to train shop stewards.
That COSATU should create a pool of knowledgeable facilitators in
all its locals and regions
To implement the COSATU 5th Education Conference resolutions,
the teachers union must play an interactive role in areas.
That training must be done in the evenings
That trade union schools must be introduced
That COSATU locals must negotiate venues to provide trade union
education with school principals and local municipalities
That Socialist Forums must be held in the evening in the rural areas.
That Cosatu should influence the running of trade union education
amongst all affiliates
That there should be programmes to empower women in Cosatu
and encourage participation of women.
That Cosatu should assess and evaluate the implementation of the
10 % for Education in the training.
That Cosatu must take steps to ensure that a vibrant political
programme exists in the federation – this can be achieved by
utilising the skills of a number of progressive labour research services,
including the Chris Hani Brigade and the SACP.
That Political commissars trained by the CHB and the Party must
make their services available to all affiliates of the federation and
assist with the implementation of the federations political
That political schools must also take place on a regional basis to
accommodate delegates that are likely to be overlooked when the
national school takes place.
The state must contribute towards the funding of the worker
learning institutions where such funding does not exist and increase
funding where such finding exist but is insufficient to facilitate the
capacitating of workers through identified learning programmes;
o affiliates be encouraged to use learning institutions owned or
influenced by working class or working class biased services;
o Worker participating in these labour service institutions should
be aimed at empowering such institutions to maintain and
sustain a working class bias and orientation;
o Deficiency due to lack of funding should be investigated and
recommendations thereof be presented to the CEC;
Any challenges should be attended by a task team that will
be established by the CEC,
69. Union Educators and Education Structures
NEDCOM continues to be a dynamic and critical platform to gage the
extent and depth of education activities in the federation. NEDCOM
re-built its ability to impact on the delivery approaches of unions and is
becoming increasingly focused and impact driven. Including providing
a platform, which provides a common yardstick to measure and assess
our weaknesses and achievements.
There is a significant improvement in the employment of educators in
the federation yet the capacity is not near to the required need to
address the education challenges, and only 33% of educators are
Union educators at a national level, despite having had long-term
service in their unions, are relatively new to education.
Furthermore, union educators are being required to perform a
multitude of tasks both to support their education work but also
completely outside the ambit of education (Of educators spending
time other than on actual education in the union 23% of national
educators indicated that they spend no more than 20% of their time on
other work, 17% said they spend between 20% and 60% of their time on
other work. An astounding 41% of national educators said they spent
over 60% on other union work 25% said they spent over 80% of their
time on other union work)- National Education Review, 2006
There are fewer full-time educators in the provinces and the majority
responsible for education work has either organizing duties or are
shopstewards with education portfolios. The capacity of educators at
provincial level is thus even weaker. The multi-task functions most
educators play at this level and with very little support from their
national offices compounds the problem.
Most unions have standard NEDCOM structures, less have regional and
local education structures but most structures are not functioning well.
This is evident in the poor attendance of unions at Provincial Educator
Forums and consequently, underreporting of union education at
The non-participation of some union educators impedes the
development of education forums at national, provincial and local
The Ditsela educator development programme has had limited impact
on educator development and education systems support.
Further note on Union Education and Ideological Development
That there appears to be an increase in the separation of staff training
from that of members, shopstewards and office bearers, particularly in
unions with HR Departments. It has also lead to an increase in
individual union employees having a choice of courses, which are
provided by outside service providers and might explain the high
turnover of staff.
That political education remains weak across the federation despite
the development of the Chris Hani Brigade cadres, at national and
provincial level and the establishment of the Chris Hani Institute.
That the 2nd Education and Skills conference was scheduled to
examine the state and develop a 3-year education and skills strategy
was cancelled and as a result an opportunity to assess and develop
and education strategy for the federation was missed.
COSATU cannot replace the responsibility of unions to provide
shopstewards education to its members the federation can however
create the training momentum towards building a culture of trade
union education in the provinces and at national level. This activity is
and can greatly be enhanced if unions recognise the critical role
COSATU provincial educator’s forum play in our education strategy.
This centre offers the greatest potential and yet it is the weakest link in
the federation’s strategy.
The programme pillars, and aligned Task Teams, of the education
strategy are fundamental to the strengthening of the centres of
delivery at national, provincial and affiliate level.
Centralised delivery of COSATU education should be kept at a
strategic level whilst the core delivery must remain at provincial and
The purpose of the education strategy is to harmonise the education
delivery framework in the federation, provide greater support for union
educators and systems development, develop an experienced pool of
educators and trainers and create a momentum in the culture of union
education and movement building.
The Chris Hani Brigade, the Socialist Forums, our Political Schools and
the Chris Hani Institute are the minimum spaces where we give
expression to political education development objectives. It is essential
therefore that the unions share this important task and ensure that the
initiatives around these are supported and are emulated in our
organisational strategies on a sustained basis. This must necessarily
include the political education of union staff.
The resolution of the 3rd CC to run the political schools in the provinces
continues to be a financial challenge as is the initiative to deepen
quality ideological training for the CHB cadre development.
A significant number of women leaders went through ideological and
technical skills training, and are not been used to carry out training in
the unions and the COSATU provinces.
Decentralised political schools to provinces and its articulation with the
CHB cadre and socialist forum development are impeded by the state
of education capacity in provinces.
The political work of the Socialist Forums at a local level should be
utilised to develop and sustain vibrant political activities in the locals
and build organisation in this way.
The socialist forums remain weak as a consequence of the gap in
political activity in the locals of COSATU, space need to be made to
revive the link between organisation and politics.
Therefore Resolve that
The first CEC after the congress should set processes to convene an
Education and Skills Conference to develop a comprehensive
education and skills strategy to address the education gaps and
weaknesses in our current strategy.
Extend the duration of NEDCOM to 3 days and turn NEDCOM and NEF
into learning centres for union educators and education activists.
The PEFs become a critical site of development and that accredited
training of trainers be supported by unions, as an incentive to develop
a dynamic pool of facilitators. Unions support these initiatives and
improve their participation on the PEFs, especially the unions most in
need of this support.
We continue with the national political schools as they continue to
serve as an important platform for leaders to engage and develop
their political and technical skills.
The resolution of the 3rd CC to initiate political schools in the provinces
is prioritised and financial support provided, as is the initiative to
deepen quality ideological training for the CHB cadres.
Strengthen the Chris Hani Brigade development in provinces modeled
on the existing modular course programme run at national level.
The optimal use and integration of the CHB trainers in unions should be
addressed. Unions must explain and draw up a training plan and
support COSATU provinces in the activities of the CHB.
SACP trained cadres and the CHI should play a central role in the
political education of COSATU (cadre development) at national and
We continue with the National Women Leadership training and
introduce similar training at provincial level with the support of unions
and COSATU gender structures. This work must however be recognised
by ensuring the incorporation and utilisation of the skills of our women
comrades within our organisations.
We establish a network of organisations that offer political education
and deepen synergies and coordination of this work.
DITSELA continues to provide the support on the educator
development project in the provinces, reinforce the facilitator pool
training initiative of COSATU and provide opportunities for COSATU
educators to gain hands facilitator experience within DITSELA training
The P&DM Professional Certificate in Public Management for the
leadership and officials will be introduced in 2007, and that it attempts
to, provide a platform to develop skilled and competent leaders and
officials to manage large and complex union organisations, provide a
platform to develop a new generation of union intellectuals able to
engage the policy challenges of the local and global economic
environment and provide a platform to produce leaders and officials
that could address the future human resource needs of the labour
The P&DM course provides a platform for unionists to enter into the
Global Labour University Masters programme at WITS.
To advocate for a clear articulation between all the existing labour
We introduce an organiser development programme at provincial
level to address the dysfunctional organiser forums in the COSATU
provinces and use this programme as a feeder programme for the
Ditsela Danlep organiser programme.
The unions participating in it proportionally pick up the cost of an
organiser development programme. This could help to alleviate
sustainability pressures of organiser development.
Trade Union Qualification and Accreditation of Trade Union Education
The 8th National Congress resolution on the need to fast track the
implementation of accreditation of union education and training is
integral to our struggle for an integrated education and training system
in the country.
The urgency of recognition of all forms of learning and their value to
the development of our country, in particular trade union education
and training is a central part of our struggle for social transformation.
The on-going processes regarding the attempts to develop a trade
union qualification require maximum vigilance on our part as we seek
to safeguard workers interests from the prospects of hijack by
academics and bourgeois ideologues in general.
The importance of engaging the accreditation process as part of the
broad effort by the working class to influence every sphere of society
as a site of struggle is an important element of the COSATU 2015 plan.
The NQF review process has a direct bearing on this process and this
requires that we safeguard jealously both the democratic content and
control over such process, as institutions of monopoly and control in the
education and training sphere seek to have a stranglehold over these
processes in their own interest.
It is important that all learning should be aligned and recognized as
valuable to the overall development of a learner.
There should be clear articulation between different learnings to
enhance the career prospects and overall development of a
Equal and full access to education and training are critical to the
struggle for working class power and socialism.
The accreditation of trade union education is not necessarily a
guarantee of development prospects for workers, but an important
part of the struggle towards that end.
Therefore resolve that;
The Joint statement of the four federations adopted at the inter-
federation conference on the trade union qualification, convened by
DITSELA and the CEPD in July, 2006 constitutes our broad guiding
We shall deepen and intensify our strategic participation at the SAQA
(SGB on development practices) process working on the development
of a trade union qualification framework.
In all our participation, we shall be guided by a clear class analysis of
the dangers and prospects of advancing workers interests in that
regard, therefore position ourselves properly for the task of engaging
with this very challenging and complex terrain of struggle.
Engagement of the federation and affiliates must be coordinated and
unified in its approach. A workshop outlining the federation as policies
as well as the roles, responsibilities and fiduciary duties of SETA, SAQA
and NSF Reps be held.
That the necessary reporting mechanisms be established to monitor,
support and evaluate participation in these structures.
NEDCOM shall exercise the necessary strategic oversight over all the
processes related to this matter and accordingly keep the higher
decision-making structures of the federation informed about the
The struggle for the accreditation of trade union education is only an
element of our broad struggle for a knowledge and skills revolution in
Linked to the accreditation struggle is the need for the intensification of
campaigns around RPL, ABET, and the transformation of higher
education for guaranteed access, equity, relevant curriculum and
responsiveness towards the transformative imperatives of our society.
To engage the process of the NQF review based on our fundamental
commitment to ensuring it’s a democratic, consultative, fair, equitable
and just institution that is responsive to the demographics and
developmental needs of our country, hence the need to oppose
tendencies towards its monopolization by academics and experts to
the exclusion of stakeholders.
To deepen workers understanding of these processes in the interest of
worker control and social transformation through intensified skills and
trade union education in our structures.
70. Public Sector:
70.1.Unity of the public sector unions: SADTU
The lack of progress in building greater unity within the public sector,
and the need to build on previous resolutions of COSATU
That trade union unity within the public sector is key to strengthening
the position of workers within the sector and to pursuing our goals of
transformation of the public sector.
COSATU to facilitate processes to consolidate industrial unionism within
the various sub-sectors of the public sector within agreed time frames,
by the end of 2008.
To present a plan for a public sector cartel/super union to the next
To immediately strengthen the operation of the Public Sector JMC to
prepare for salary negotiations in 2007, such preparations should
o · The finalization of minimum service agreements by the end of
o · Developing a set of core demands in line with the principles
of the living wage campaign for 2007
Raising and prioritizing issues raised in the Jobs and Poverty Campaign,
e.g casualisation, staffing levels etc
71. World Trade Organization (WTO):NUMSA
That the W.T.O. is not playing its role in setting fair and equal trading
rules and standards.
That powerful, developed countries are operating as a bloc to secure
markets in the developing countries at the expense of developing
countries to enhance their productivity and profitability.
That developed countries are making unreasonable demands on
developing countries on liberalization and the high reduction of tariffs
of industrial goods in exchange for insignificant concessions on the
liberalization of agricultural markets.
That the USA and EU still continue to subsidise the agricultural sectors,
and as a consequence still block access into their agricultural markets
The devastating effects the tariff cuts proposed in the NAMA
negotiations pose to unemployment and the continued existence of a
manufacturing base in developing countries.
that developing countries must unite to develop a programme to
protect their markets against the W.T.O. bullies
that COSATU should continuously engage government on opposition
to further tariff reduction and resist from entering into sign trade
agreements that have negative effects on labour and the working
class at large.
That an education campaign on the W.T.O.and Nama for the workers
must start immediately shop stewards must engage their employers to
support the unions on Nama and the implications thereof
That COSATU should put pressure on our government to make sure that
the next rounds of talks still advance the development goals as
envisaged in the Doha Development Agenda.
That COSATU should move forward more practically to build power
and strengthen organisation of the labour movement in SA, Southern
African Region, continent and the world at large especially as it relates
to fighting against trade policies that are not worker friendly;
72. The WTO and related trade matters-SAMWU
The background of the current 'suspension' of the Doha Round
negotiations in the WTO as a result of the determined positions
sustained by various alliances of governments of the South, and their
mutual support and solidarity in defense of their interests against
pressures from the governments of the more highly industrialized
countries on behalf of their global corporations; and
The recent positions taken by South Africa in the negotiations and in
the alliance-building between the countries of the South in the WTO,
COSATU takes this opportunity to welcome the more proactive
positions taken by our government.
Further noting that:
Government officials continue to prepare for, and actively support, the
resumption of the Doha negotiations.
Our engagement in trade related matters must be within the context
of the needs of our members, the millions of other working and
unemployed people in this country and the need to ensure effective
internally designed and democratically agreed-policies answering to
the appropriate development of the national economy.
We urge the government to support the continued unity and
resistance of the various alliances of developing countries in the face
of the inevitable divisive, persuasive and pressure tactics by the WTO
and its supporters.
On NAMA (the Agreement on Non-Agricultural Market Access) - Our
o must not get drawn into accepting any kind of compromise
multilateral 'formulas' for the reduction of industrial and other
tariffs proposed under this agreement, with the already-evident
negative effects of such liberalisation against local industry and
o must instead defend the imperative necessity to preserve its own
internal policy-making rights and the policy flexibility required to
support its own emerging and future industrial development and
diversification strategies, and
o must support COSATU's demand that the offensive thrust of
NAMA be definitively blocked altogether.
On GATS (the General Agreement of Trade in Services) - The
o not proceed to make any 'offers' to open up any of its public
service sectors to international corporations or other such foreign
commercialised or privatised 'service providers', either on a
bilateral or plurilateral basis;
o must assert its inalienable right to amend or withdraw any such
liberalisation offers already made;
o must preserve and employ essential public services for the
delivery of the social needs and the human rights of the people
of this country;
o must secure the essential role of national services for current and
future national development and diversification strategies; and
o must support COSATU's demand in alliance with other trade
union partners and social movements for GATS to be stopped
o On the WTO's Agreement on Agriculture - Our government must
stand firm and not compromise on the unacceptable
agricultural export and production subsidies in the highly
industrialised countries, that have price-depressing and
damaging 'dumping' effects on agricultural producers in
South Africa and other countries of the South;
join other countries demanding their right to protect their
own key products and vulnerable small agricultural
producers, especially in the context of the urgent
necessity for the SA government not only to redistribute
land but to provide support to small and merging farmers
and rural communities in this country;
protect its rights to develop and apply such agricultural
and related policies as are agreed internally between
governments and all the affected stakeholders in this
On other international, bilateral or regional trade negotiations - The
o must defend its right to maintain its external tariff, quotas or
other trade instruments that are judged to be necessary for
the defense of jobs and the promotion of industrial
development and diversification in this country;
o must not accept the infiltration into any such agreements of
any WTO or WTO+ terms - such as financial liberalisation, the
opening up of government procurement and other proposals
- that have been resisted and already rejected in the WTO,
and that are hostile to the interests of the people and future
development of this country.
In addition to such precautionary and preventative proposals by
COSATU, the most important positions for the our government to
take is not to accept as inevitable that the Doha Round will - or
must - resume; and rather use this short, or long, or indefinite
'suspension' to engage in wide-ranging investigation and
consultation with organised labour and other social forces in this
country to prepare an alternative and appropriate national
development and international strategy appropriate for the needs
of this country.
COSATU’S trade representatives at NEDLAC must act in
accordance with the above six points.
73. Latin America and the Leftist Movement -NUMSA
International working class unity can only be forged through local
struggles and campaigns, solidarity and sharing victories. The
developments in Latin American can serve as a lesson for other
developing countries including S.A.
Latin American countries remain poor, but inequality between the rich
and poor has stabilized in the past few years;
The government of Venezuela plays a central role in influencing intra-
dependence away from the U.S;
The U.S. continues to undermine the democratically elected Chavez
government and its people, and seeks to get unabated access to
Venezuela’s natural resources, viz oil, gas etc.;
The United States’ continues to attempt to isolate Latin America from
international funding from IMF, WB and impose its Socio Economic
Since the fall of the Eastern Block the leftists’ forces have suffered a
blow in realizing their strategic objective
The emergence of the left inclined governments particularly in Latin
America, i.e. Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela etc, has given hope to the
realisation of socialism in those countries.
South Africa can learn from Venezuela’s radical departure from the
West especially the U.S.;
That there is an alternative for the South African Government to adopt
an aggressive Economic Policy comprising of nationalization as well as
redistribution of wealth and land;
South Africa can benefit from redirecting trading practices and
promoting South to South trading;
That social movements play an important role in the transformation of
the economy and society at large.
That there is a need for the realignment of left forces
That there is a need for stronger South to South links for political and
economic self sufficiency.:
To call upon the U.S. to recognize the democratically elected
To call upon the U.S. to refrain from interfering with Venezuela’s internal
matters and its policies;
To call upon the U.S. to refrain from preventing Venezuela to access
That COSATU supports Latin American countries’ co-operation and
their inter-dependence, which seeks to undermine the U.S. agenda;
that COSATU should strive to increase its efforts to strengthen
relationships with Latin America’s unions and federations;
That COSATU should undertake a survey or research on Latin American
Socio Economic Policies and compare it with ours and develop a
common agenda – to struggle for socialism.
To push for a revival of an international forum for socialist countries and
74. ILO Conventions: SACTWU
The importance of pursuing the struggle for workers rights as a global
the serious violations of rights in many countries
the need to ensure that all international labour standards become a
minimum platform for rights across the region, the continent and
developing countries as a whole
Campaign for South Africa to ratify the following Conventions:
o Homeworker Convention
o Part-Time Work Convention
o Maternity Protection Convention
o Private Employment Agencies Convention
o Safety and Health in Agriculture Convention
o Protection of Workers’Claims (Employer’s Insolvency) Convention
o Collective Bargaining Convention, 1981
o Employment Policy Convention, 1964
Build strong practical solidarity on African continent and to propose
that one unified pan-african trade union structure be put in place with
Use the recently adopted ILO Recommendation on the Employment
Relationship to campaign for
o The rights for workers in multiple contractual arrangements,
including through joint and several liability on both the employer
and the contracting party
Reforms in legislation to ensure quick and easy determination of
the existence of an employment relationship
Measures in southern Africa to combat disguised employment
Extension of the Employment Conditions Commission or CCMA
mandate to include regular reviews of ambiguous employment
situations to ensure workers receive the full protections of the
75. On Global Solidarity –NUMSA,DENOSA
75.1. Violations of human and worker rights
We reject the “policy” of non-interference in the affairs of
another sovereign state;
We will continue to lend solidarity to the ordinary people of
Swaziland and Zimbabwe;
We shall continue to monitor International Struggles so as to give
concrete expression to COSATU’s policy of International Working
The hostile attitude shown by Columbia, Australia and other
governments in violating workers rights.
That these attacks against workers rights by governments are
influenced by global capital which undermines international
That our actions will always entail the following:
o Awareness campaigns
o Solidarity Demonstrative action;
o Push Government to put pressure on Human Rights Violators
That the disintegration of the Soviet Block has led to the fragmentation
and redesign of most of the left forces internationally.
That the USA’s foreign policy characterised by militarism and
aggression provides space for international solidarity against
imperialism and provides possibilities for the reorganization and
progression of the left forces internationally
As labour to must effectively assert a socialist agenda into these
globalized mass struggles, as socialism is the rational and human
alternative to capitalist barbarism.
That there is a need for bilateral and preferential trade agreements
that will not impact negatively on the socio-economic situation of the
To reaffirm the CEC decision to support a development of a solidarity
campaign with Australian Unions.
That Cosatu should play a role within the ICFTU for it to give pressure to
all governments to adhere to ILO conventions in respect of workers
That Cosatu should lead demonstrations and campaigns to embassies
of countries that violate workers rights
76. Middle East -NUMSA
The merciless killing of civilians in particular children in Lebanon,
Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine.
The imprisonment of Iraqis, Palestinians and other nations by the U.S.
administration and its allies
The inability of the United Nations to take action against Israel and
America including Britain
That these attacks are backed by the advanced capitalist economies
in particular the U.S which arms and funds the Israel army (Wits
The role that is played by the United States in backing Israel on the
onslaught against Palestine and Lebanon people. (E. Cape)
The UN is unable to resolve the matter because of the strong influence
of USA. It’s only through the pressure by other nation states that would
force Israel to abide by the Oslo and Road Map agreement that would
lead to a free Palestine.
The current war between Israel and Hezbollah in the Middle East is an
aggression against Lebanese people and reoccupation of their land.
That the U.S. must withdraw all its forces unconditionally from Iraq and
Afghanistan so that their people can determine their own future under
the supervision of the United Nations
That our government should imposes sanctions against Israel until the
aggression on Palestine and Lebanon is stopped.
That we should step up the campaign for the release of Palestines,
Iraqis and other nations across the globe held by the U.S. and Israel
That Cosatu members must boycott Israeli goods and demonstrations
must be held at the embassies of Israel and the United States in South
That the government must end with immediate effect the diplomatic
ties with Israel including recalling the ambassador.
To strengthen the Anti War coalition in the Middle East
Zimbabwe and Swaziland -NUMSA
We reaffirm our support for workers and the poor in Zimbabwe and
That the federation must find a way of working together with the
ANC in initiating a dialogue with the Zimbabwean government.
That the federation together with the OAATU must work out a
mechanism to facilitate unity in the Swaziland.
77. On Democratic Republic of Congo -DENOSA
The effects of globalization and the behavior of capitalist countries
continue to paralyze the progress in all vulnerable and emerging,
progressive and mineral rich African countries. The perpetuation of this
imperialist behaviour brings about an unstable and volatile environment,
which continues to exploit in the name of peace and stability.
The country has a history of political turmoil and devastating effects of
war for many years,
Global interventions in trying to bring stability and peace in this mineral
rich African country
Their first ever-democratic elections are surrounded by a lot of
The countries that have been ravaged by war take great efforts to
rebuild their economy
Tendencies of capital, in particular, America and Britain, throw their
weight in the name of bringing peace and stability,
Which will result in assertion of their selfish hegemony.
The political environment of South Africa will assist bringing stability in
South Africa went through a smooth transition that has been globally
The outcome of the election will only be free and fair if there aren’t
any selfish interventions from imperialists
The victims of decades of war are mostly women and children.
Therefore, Resolve that:
COSATU should support initiatives taken by the South African
government in bringing peace in Africa, especially the DRC,
Trade Union movement should encourage and strengthen relationships
in SADC and the entire Africa.
COSATU should pay immediate attention in assisting DRC workers in
rebuilding their country.
The political healing process and the economic development should
not be left to politicians only.
Establishment of strong trade unions should be a priority in order to
protect and fight for the interest of the workers and the working class in
78. On Cuba -NUMSA
The developments in Cuba as a result of the sickness of Comrade Fidel
Castro and the demonstrations by anti Castro groups in the U.S..
The G 8 countries led by America will launch a serious offensive against
Cuba in favour of so called bourgeois democracy.
The Socialist project in Cuba needs to be defended at all cost.
We reaffirm the 8th congress resolutions on Cuba.
The US administration must release all the five comrades that were
prosecuted unjustly and return them to the Cuban authorities.
The Bush administration must stop aiding activities of the Miami gangs
and instead must arrest and prosecute those that have carried out
illegal anti Cuban activities.
The US must immediately revoke the illegal economic blockade as it
has proven to be illegitimate and in breach of international law.
To this end, the CEC must develop a campaign plan detailing our
solidarity programme with CUBA and forge common programmes with
the Friends of Cuba (FOCUS). All affiliates must develop a practical
programme and report through the International Relations Committee.
79. Anti Imperialist Front -NUMSA
The international balance of forces is in favour of capitalists.
The working class globally is under siege from the rampant onslaught
That we forge links with the Anti Imperialist forces.
80. Global Networking -NUMSA
The importance of sharing experiences by the workers of the world.
In the importance of promoting international solidarity and worker-to-
That workers of the world must unite because ‘they have nothing to
lose but their chains’.
That there should be engagements between unions across the
world around issues like, collective bargaining, health & safety,
socio economic issues etc.