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Issue #1537      29 February 2012

WFTU sets up regional office in Africa

The World Federation of Trade Unions opened its Africa Regional Office in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 11. The opening of its first office on the African continent is a great landmark in the development of the international struggle for the labour rights and interests of the working class against capitalist exploitation and imperialism. The WFTU reports:


The new Africa Regional Office in Johannesburg.

With the substantial and irreplaceable support by the WFTU affiliates in South Africa, the militant trade unions of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU), the Police and Prison Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) and the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (CEPPWAWU), the WFTU Africa Regional Office will play its protagonist role in the enhancement of the class-oriented struggles in the African Region for the benefit of the working class and the peoples of Africa.

On the one hand, this new step proves the progress of the work of WFTU in South Africa. On the other hand, it is a signal of the starting point for the fulfilment of an important action plan of the WFTU, not just for South Africa but also for the whole continent in general according to the decisions of the 16th World Trade Union Congress of the WFTU (April 2011).

The basic objectives of the activity of the regional office as described in the WFTU’s constitution is to confront the problems of the working people of the region directly and effectively with specific action; to discuss, to cooperate and to express in a powerful way the solidarity in the working places, the strikes, the demonstrations and other forms of action. A basic objective is also to hold trade union campaigns in collaboration with the TUIs [industry-based Trade Union Internationals] of WFTU in the sectors at the regional level against the activity of the multinationals and the monopolies and to promote ideas and solutions which will defend the real interests of the working people.

Based on the three basic principles of the WFTU – democracy, collectivity and the class struggle – the Regional Office in close collaboration with the Central Offices of the WFTU, the new Centre will promote trade union education, encourage the affiliation of new members of the WFTU and the TUIs. At the same time, it will collaborate and mobilise the member-organisations and the friends of WFTU in the workplaces, where they work and live.

It will unite the workers in the private and public sectors. It will unite the workers independently of their colour, religion and political beliefs. It will unite all the wage-earners according to the class they belong to.

The first tasks of the WFTU Regional Office in South Africa are:

  • to strengthen the relations of the class-oriented and militant trade union organisations of South Africa with the WFTU. Our common history is long and militant and we have ahead of us the potential for greater class struggles in South Africa and internationally:
  • to enhance and motivate international solidarity with the struggle of the working class and the people of Swaziland for the end of the brutal and undemocratic regime and against the activity of the monopolies who are looting, enslaving and imprisoning our brothers and sisters in Swaziland.
  • to confront the problems of the working people of the African region directly and effectively with specific action; to discuss, to cooperate and to express in a powerful way the solidarity in the working places, the strikes, the demonstrations and other forms of action.

We appeal to all our members and friends to support this new effort and welcome this new initiative as well as our comrades who will work in this office: Lulamile Sotaka, Ntombi Mbatha and Vuyo Bikitsha.  

To contact the WFTU Africa Regional Office in Johannesburg, South Africa send you e-mails to:
cde Lulamile Sotaka – lulamile@nehawu.org.za and
cde Vuyo Bikitsha – vuyoB@numsa.org.za

The WFTU Africa Regional Office address is:

3rd Floor McArthy Building
32-34 Elloff and Frederick Streets
Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa

For more information on the WFTU: www.wftucentral.org

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