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cosatu thumb medium80 102The new-formed Liberated Metalworkers' Union of SA (Limusa) was not replacing the expelled National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), labour federation Cosatu said on Thursday.  

“Limusa is not replacing anyone because they did not say in their application that 'we are (coming) to Cosatu to replace Numsa'.  No, they said we are a union of metalworkers and we want to find a home in Cosatu,” Cosatu second deputy president Zingiswa Losi told reporters.  She indicated that the three-day Cosatu central executive committee (CEC) meeting, held this week, was satisfied that the newly-formed union met the federation's constitutional requirements which allowed it to become an affiliate.  Limusa was registered with the labour department in December and is led by former Numsa president Cedric Gina.  Losi said a final decision on whether the union would become an affiliate would be taken at Cosatu's special CEC meeting which would be convened soon.  “Cosatu now does not have metalworkers, it's a fact.  We don't have a union that organises the metal industry... Limusa meets the requirement...,” Losi stated.  Last year in November, Cosatu expelled Numsa for contravening the federation's constitution.  Numsa, however, is appealing the expulsion internally and taking the matter to court.

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