The National Council of Trade Unions (Nactu) congress collapsed at the weekend after two days of clashes that culminated in violence among delegates. The federation has had to postpone the congress to a later date, but there is confusion about when and how it would be held. Tension between members who attended the three-day congress last week grew over the status of federation affiliate the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), which was said to be "not in good standing" for not paying its affiliation fees. Amcu was the only union relegated to observer status even though other affiliates had also failed to pay up. Amcu leaders and members took the Nactu leaders to task over this. However, the sequence of events as related by Nactu general secretary Narius Moloto and Amcu general secretary Joseph Mathunjwa differed. Moloto claimed Amcu had failed to pay the R2 per member fee for three years and only resumed doing so in October 2016 without first settling its outst...

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