Numsa 8th National Congress – what was resolved

What congress resolved:This is a summary of key political resolutions adopted at the Numsa 8th National Congress. Get a copy of the complete resolutions from your regional or local office.

On tilting the international balance of forces* the global financial crisis currently represents one of the many failures of capitalism and its neo-liberal ideology* this crisis has opened up space for new ideas:- around tightening and regulating capital and – defeating the current neo-liberal ideology of the Washington Consensus* left forces, including trade unions and their federations, left political parties and progressive governments like South Africa's must engage on an international alternative to neo-liberalism*

Cosatu must strengthen global solidarity in fighting the neo-liberal and imperialist agenda* Numsa must continue to build unity and strengthen metalworkers' unions in the region (SADC) and on the African continent.

It must use World Company Councils (world-wide shop steward councils based in multinationals like General Motors) and global trade unions to forge proletarian internationalism.

It must link with civil society formations in communities where multinationals are located.* South African capital must be regulated in terms of Cosatu's resolution to stop South Africa from becoming an imperialist power in Africa.

The 2009 elections and the domestic balance of forces Numsa:* believes that a united ANC is essential to achieve the vision of the Freedom Charter.* condemns splinter groupings from the ANC like 'Shikota' * will mobilise for an overwhelming victory for the ANC in 2009.

It will embark on road-shows at factory, local, and regional level to counteract the Shikota splinter.* will support moves to improve coordination of the mass democratic movement (MDM) and work with social movements.* will develop a programme that links its struggles with broader struggles taking place in the community, the state and the economy under the leadership of Cosatu and the SACP

The National Democratic Revolution and the struggle for socialismNumsa must:* advance the building of an interventionist, activist, developmental state which would restructure the economy in favour of the working class and the poor* through Cosatu push the state to address agrarian and land reform on an anti-capitalist basis.

The AllianceNumsa:* supports the SACP's call for the formation of the Alliance Political Council to deal jointly with policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and governance in general.* to develop a discussion document on the tri-partite alliance covering issues such as:- origins of the alliance- benefits of being in the alliance post 1994,- lessons from trade union movements that have been in alliances with political parties on the continent and internationally.

Post Polokwane* Numsa must use the space created by Polokwane to fight for a real change of the current macro-economic policy in favour of the working class and the poor*

The ANC-led government must use expansionary fiscal policy to develop a proper infrastructure for marginalized communities* Numsa supports Cosatu's policy think-tank and must speed up the formation of its own one* Numsa through Cosatu must call for a discussion on the future of provinces

Building SACP and working class powerNumsa:* has not done enough to implement previous resolutions passed* must:- build the capacity and strength of the SACP to become a leader of the SA working class- ensure its cadres play an activist role in the SACP's Medium Term Vision – assign targets to regions for the building of SACP industrial units – intensify political education around the role of a vanguard party- continue to support the SACP financially

Other resolutions passed:Numsa must* speed up the formation of its youth desk* develop a discussion document on the 1996 Class Project* intensify the process to transform Chapter 9 institutions (eg Human Rights Commission etc) so that they are at the disposal of the working class

No time for many resolutionsCongress agreed to defer:* organising and collective bargaining resolutions eg on strike fund, campaigns etc to a national organising and collective bargaining strategy conference in 2009* training and skills development resolutions to a national training strategy conference in 2009* socio-economic, constitutional amendments, international and other relevant organisational matters to a mini-national congress set for 2009* resolutions on organisational renewal, the demarcation of the Gauteng region, Numsa Investment Company, Numsa Mbuyiselo Ngwenda Bursary Fund and Doves were referred to the December 2008 Central Committee.

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