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New metalworkers union Limusa

The Liberated Metalworkers Union of SA (Limusa) has been admitted as an affiliate of trade union federation Cosatu.  
The move effectively quashes any possibility of Cosatu’s expelled largest affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), returning to the federation’s fold.  The decision to admit Limusa was taken at a special central executive meeting on Monday.  The union was formed by former Numsa president Cedric Gina who did not agree with Numsa’s decision not to campaign for the ANC in the 2014 polls.  Numsa was expelled from Cosatu in November last year for expanding its scope and thus violating a founding Cosatu principle of "one union, one sector".

  Limusa seeks to compete with Numsa on the shop floor in the automotive and metals sectors.  It remains to be seen whether it will massively upset the 340,000 strong Numsa, but it is likely to intensify union rivalry in sectors traditionally monopolised by Numsa.  Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi had fought against admitting Limusa to Cosatu as the union had not yet held an elective conference and had only some 1,600 members.



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