THE embattled South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) has denied that its deputy secretary-general, Moses Miya, has been suspended.
Mr Miya’s alleged suspension comes amid fighting within the union and the disappearance of R140m from Samwu’s coffers.
Insiders say the union’s issues point to Samwu’s precarious future and its possible implosion.
The union is said to not have reached out to its members for a mandate on the wage negotiations between it and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu), with the South African Local Government Association (Salga), that began in May.
The insiders say Salga is “running rings” around Samwu, which is so distracted by in-house politics that the union has not been speaking to the people it represents.
Samwu’s problems though form part of many issues bubbling under SA’s labour landscape.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has called a special congress for Monday to discuss its unity and cohesion, but it might turn into a fight involving the federation’s eight affiliates who are said to be prepared to disrupt it.
The affiliates disagreed with Cosatu’s expulsion of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) following its refusal to support the African National Congress in general elections last year. Cosatu’s former general secretary-turned-opponent, Zwelinzima Vavi, and Numsa have said that they will use the congress to “reclaim” Cosatu.