Alliance of concern to Cosatu chief
13 July 2000
THE Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) expressed concern yesterday
over the state of the tripartite alliance.
Cosatu president Willie Madisha said: "The alliance has to find
better ways to manage the imbalance in internal relationships, which
sees the African National Congress in government and Cosatu and the SA
Communist Party outside, while electoral victories and social progress
still depend on the work of all three partners."
Addressing the Johannesburg Press Club in Emmarentia
yesterday. Madisha said that since 1996 "progressive measures have
been undermined by a shift to the right in economic
Referring to government's "tight monetary policies" and
"restrictive inflation targets", Madisha said "adoption of
conservative policies" had hampered restructuring of the economy
to ensure employment and investment.
Cosatu was calling for strong participatory democracy that "does
not begin and end with periodic elections but rather empowers people
to take part in every stage of decision-making that affects their