Karl Gernetzky Markets Writer

A PROPOSED new labour federation looks set to be much bigger than the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), having attracted the interest of 57 unions.Unions preparing for the launch of the new federation are expected to announce a launch date within next three weeks, steering committee convener Zwelinzima Vavi said during a briefing in Johannesburg.The proposed new federation incorporating break-away Cosatu unions and those independent of it, has been in the offing since the expulsion of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) at end of 2014.Vavi said the new federation would be strictly unaligned politically, after growing concerns of disaffection over political parties both evident in the results of the August 3 local government and in the continued fragmentation of organised labour, he said."There is a crisis of representation, and our people are less clear about who exactly represents their interests," Vavi said."We have wasted 22 years where we should have ...

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