Expelled Cosatu General-Secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi says a non-politically aligned trade union can be a solution to adequately deal with workers’ issues.  Vavi was addressing members of the newly formed South African Public Service Union at Frere Hospital in East London in the Eastern Cape.  Vavi says a trade union must be independent but that does not mean that we are apolitical, we have huge interests in the politics of South Africa, local government included.

He says: “It doesn’t mean that somewhere in the future we may not decide that a political party knows better about the issues that we ourselves are advancing and  therefore we may call on workers to vote for that political party.”

“But if that political party doesn’t deliver, the reason why we want to be independent is so that we can withdraw our support and give it to someone else who delivers and that is the nature of our business and how we relate to politics moving forward,” he adds.

Non-politically aligned trade union is the solution: Vavi: As reported on SABC yesterday.