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					  Resolutions Submitted to the 9th COSATU National Congress

                         Political Resolutions


     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
      discussion paper
     The alliance shared strategic perspectives and assumptions of the
      NDR as captured in the SACP’s “Road to South African Freedom
      [1962], ANC Morogoro conference, strategy and tactics [1969] 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
       and women.

   Further Noting:
   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

Believing that:
    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
           collective endeavor.
   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
    the Alliance
   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
    socialist vision
   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
    summit resolutions
   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
    of action
   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
    the following:
       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
             ensure accountability.
            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
               succession debate.
              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:
We reaffirm:

        The resolution of the 8th Congress resolution on deployments and
         accountability of public representatives.
Therefore resolve:
        That there should be an alliance deployment committee that
         oversees the whole process to ensure it is alliance led.
1.3. Demarcation:
        The problems that emerged relating to the demarcation
Therefore resolve:
        That the alliance develops people centered and people driven
         consultation process on demarcation, and provide guidance to
         the demarcation board.


        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
      property relations
     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
       the NDR.

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
      labour movement
     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
   Noting that:
    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
5.Racism: NUM
Noting that:
          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.
Believing that:
      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.
Resolve that:
      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
Noting that:
      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.

Believing that:
      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.
Resolve that:
      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
       workers monument,
      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

Noting That:

      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
    labour standards.

   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
      Government inspectors;

    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
         ambulance services;

       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
    apartheid era
   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
        racial groups.
       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



      That corruption is an inherent phenomenon within the three spheres
       of government and therefore undermines the nature of our
       democratic state.

      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
       affected institutions.

      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/
       or position.

      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
working class”.
The 2015 plan remains our vision for building a strong, vibrant, and militant
trade union.


      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
        must meet

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
            property clause
        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
Noting that:

   The current electoral system is based on the Constitution and the

    electoral Act,

   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%
    proportional representation.

   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.

Believing that:

   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.


   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

Noting that:

   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
    states that:

     “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
     factors, including;

    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/
    tenant premises.

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.

Believing that:

              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 picket.


              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

Noting that:

      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

Believing that:

   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


       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
        non-trading holidays

15. Labour Law Transformation: SAMWU
 15.1 Essential Services: SAMWU
Noting that:
 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
    been done.
   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.

Believing that:
    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
       essential services.

Resolves that:
    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.
Believing that:

   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
    should continue
    Encourage the formation of a popular movement for social
    transformation, which will include MDM structures.

Noting that:

   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
   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

Believing that:
 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


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;

Believing that:

      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
                    and uncoordinated
               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
           its affiliates
          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
    leadership level.
   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
    class agenda.
   Women workers must be encouraged to participate in all decision
    making structures of the federation

Resolve that:

   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

Noting that:

       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
            atypical employment,

         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
             the following;-

         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.

Believing that:

   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
                   Democratic Revolution,

                  Creative deployment of workers assets that are currently
                   held by various asset managers has the potential to
                   contribute to social transformation.


   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
    Employment Act:

   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
    the commission.

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
    of respects
   the growing income inequality in the society

Believing that
   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
         growing poverty
       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
         quality jobs
   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
    achieve this
   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
Resolve to:
   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
    developing countries
   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



   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
23.Labour Court


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
         labour matters
      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
   and representation

24. State involvement in the economy - NUM

Nothing that;
   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 people.
Therefore resolve;
       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
        grade 12.
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

Resolve to:
       Campaign to strengthen Bargaining Councils through a range of
        measures, including
                          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
                           businesses through
                          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
                           bargaining rights

      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


Noting that:
          Government has developed and is now in the process of
           implementing ASGISA.
          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
           half unemployment.
          Sectors of economy lack confidence in learner ships and the
           overall new skills development dispensation.

Believing that:
      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
       that :
      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
       Labour market.
      Transformation of SETAS is critical to meet the demands of the
       labour market.

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
          South Africa.
         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
      downstream industries
     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

Noting that:

        BBBEE has become an issue which occupies prominence in the
         public discourse
       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
         black listed
       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
         alleviating poverty
       to campaign against a narrow, self-interest interpretation of
         BBBEE which is centred around ownership and the enrichment of
         a few.
       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
         empowerment issues
       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
       the authorities
      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
       or boundaries.
      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.


           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
    all citizens

   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.



            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
           industry, by
          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
    Producers (IPPs).

   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
    working class.(amendment)

   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
    electricity industry.

   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

Noting that;
      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.

Believing that:

      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
       demarcated union.

37.Broad based social security net: NUM
Noting that:
      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

      and poverty;
     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
      African context,
     Impact of early retirement at age 55 as called for by the Young
      Communist League,
     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
      market ,

     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

Noting that:
   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

Noting that:

       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
        convergence bill
       The ICT services are heading towards private ownership

Believing that:

       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

Noting that:

   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
    Retirement Funds;

   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
    by employers.

   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
        responsible investment.
     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
Believing that:

       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
        provident fund.

       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
    retirement funds.

   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
    than 5%.
   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
    Noting that:

             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

Believing that:

         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
    during curatorship

   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
    incumbent curator

   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
Noting that:
   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
    social evils”

   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
    executive remuneration


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
          working class.

        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
        COSATU participates.
       The community constituency is restricted in its participation at
        NEDLAC to the Development Chamber.

Believing :

      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
       where appropriate.

      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:
Noting that:

      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
       economic policy,

      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.

Further Noting:

      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

Believing that

      the budget allocated to NEDLAC is hopelessly inadequate and
       does not demonstrate any serious attitude, by Government,
       towards NEDLAC,

      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.


           to re-affirm the role of NEDLAC as a primary institution of
            Social Dialogue,

           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
            three federations,

           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
         labour matters
      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
   and representation

47. 2010 South African Soccer World Cup: SACTWU


   The Success of South Africa in securing the right to host the 2010 FIFA
    World Cup
   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
    labour rights


   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.
   Current COSATU policy on HIV/Aids

Resolves to
   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
 Negotiate ARV
49. Skills Development: SADTU

Noting that:
 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
Believing that:
 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
    the federation.

50. Education and Training: SADTU
50.1. Free Quality Public Education: SADTU

Noting that:
 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
  of education

   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.

Believing that:
 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
   democratizing schools

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


    Noting that:
     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

       Believing that:
        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
Noting that:

   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

Believe that:
 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

                         Organizational Resolutions:

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
    informal sector
   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
    progressive formation.
   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
    regional/provincial bargaining
   This will have a negative impact on the existing structures in terms of
    centralised bargaining processes.

Therefore resolve:

   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.

Therefore resolve:

   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
Noting that:

   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
    political boundaries.

Believing that:

   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.

Resolves that:

  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

Noting that:
 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

Believing that:
 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

Noting that:
       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

Believing that:
   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
    basic tactics.

   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
    labour movement.

   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
          concrete action.

       o Consideration of establishing strike and solidarity funds both at
          affiliates and Federation level.



   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
    industrial actions.

   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
    10% annually.

   COSATU should convene an annual Central Committee on the theme
    of membership growth and service improvement

60. Health and Safety Structures: NUM

Noting that:
   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
    support structures,
   The inspectorate is weak in enforcing the legislation.

Therefore resolve that:
   all affiliates of Cosatu should establish health and safety structures at
    affiliate level,
   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
    safety issues
   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

Noting that:
 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

Believing that:
 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

Noting that:

       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
        and rental.
       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

Believing that:

   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
    its affiliates.
   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

Noting that:

      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
       budgeted for.

      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.

Believing that:

   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.


   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
    for membership
   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
    eg Satawu

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,
   and 10.1.5

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
   (provincial 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

Noting that:

   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.

Believing that:

   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
    personal agenda;
   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;

Therefore resolves:

   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
    entire membership.
   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.

    Therefore resolve:

       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
        other reports.
       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
        workers' news.
       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
    commercial media
   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
       class through:
          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
    looms large;
   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
    provincial level.

   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.

Believing that

   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
    local level.

   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

    provincial level.

   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
    training programes.

   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

Noting that,

   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.

Believing that,

       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
    the country.

   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
    COSATU congress
   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

                            International Resolutions

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

Noting that:

   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.

Believing that:

   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.

Resolves that:

   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
    government must
      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.

Noting that:

   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
    Neo-Liberal agenda.
   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
    Venezuelan government;
   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
    international resources;
   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
Resolves to:
   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
    immediate effect
   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
           employment relationship

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
           Class Solidarity;


   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
    workers rights
   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
    working class
   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

Further Resolve:

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

Noting that:
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.

Believing that:

   The political environment of South Africa will assist bringing stability in
    that country,
   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
    by capitalists.


   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-
    worker contact.
   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.


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