Numsa plans workers’ party

It will be formed after workshops and international study tours – Irvin Jim.
Irvin Jim
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa will work to set up a political party to represent workers, said its general secretary, Irvin Jim.
 
“There is no turning back, we are forging ahead to crystallise the political organ, but forming a political party is not easy,” Jim told reporters in Johannesburg on Thursday. “Part of what we must do is go back to the workers so that they participate in the process of shaping the political organ.”

The party will be formed after the union holds workshops and conducts international study tours, he said. No decision has been taken whether the party will run in municipal elections next year, Jim said.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions expelled 365,000-member Numsa in November after it refused to support the ruling African National Congress in elections last year. Numsa has criticized the ANC for not doing enough to improve the conditions of workers in a country where one in four people is unemployed.

Jim blamed what he described as the ANC’s failure to improve the lives of South Africans and transform the economy for fueling anti-immigrant violence this month that claimed at least seven lives.

“Without a political organ that is loyal and committed to socialism to mobilize the working class, we are vulnerable,” Jim added.

©2015 Bloomberg News

COMMENTS   0

You must be signed in and an Insider Gold subscriber to comment.

SUBSCRIBE NOW SIGN IN

LATEST CURRENCIES  

USD / ZAR
GBP / ZAR
EUR / ZAR
BTC / USD

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Moneyweb newsletters

Instrument Details  

You do not have any portfolios, please create one here.
You do not have an alert portfolio, please create one here.
INSIDER SUBSCRIPTION APP VIDEOS RADIO / LISTEN LIVE SHOP OFFERS WEBINARS NEWSLETTERS TRENDING

Follow us:

Search Articles:
Click a Company: