- Category: Africa
- Written by Reuters
A top South African labour leader urged a fresh start for the countryâ€™s biggest unions on Tuesday, saying change was needed in the wake of recent violence and the challenge posed by the rise of the militant AMCU union.
Forty-five miners died in clashes between competing unions last month, including 34 miners shot dead by police in the deadliest security incident since the end of apartheid.
â€œWe need a shift in our mindset to recognise that the labour movement needs to renew itself and re-establish its very purpose of existence,â€ Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), told the groupâ€™s national congress.
â€œIf we lose touch with our membersâ€™ concerns, there is the danger of finding ourselves ...outflanked by the new independent unions which are emerging as a result of dissatisfaction from the shop floor.â€
A member of the countryâ€™s African National Congress-led (ANC) ruling alliance, Cosatu, has used thuggish behaviour in labour disputes in the past but now finds itself the target of intimidation from rivals.â€”Reuters