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Cosatu affiliates and its provincial leaders are bracing themselves for a tense central executive committee meeting as more unions want to withdraw their support of the ANC in the upcoming elections. The unity of the tripartite alliance of the ANC, Cosatu and the SA Communist Party has been fragile for years over the governing party’s failure to consult on policy decisions and its departure from the grouping’s resolutions. At its congress in 2018 Cosatu resolved it would support the ANC as it heads to the polls in May, though this would only be done on condition that it adopts a pro-worker stance. On Monday, Cosatu affiliates told Business Day the time had come for the union’s central executive committee to have a frank discussion about whether the party had acted in the best interest of workers. And if not, a decision needed to be taken on cutting ties with the ANC, the affiliates said. Cosatu’s central executive committee is the highest decision-making body in between national con...

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