Consolidating democracy in ghana
COSATU rejects the argument put forward in the media and by government ministers that they must be 'realistic' and that 'there is no alternative' to a free-market, neo-liberal, capitalist solution, as advocated by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
This argument is wrong both in principle and in practice.
Accelerating Transformation First term report of the parliamentary office This document being presented to Congress describes how COSATU has tried to influence government policy since 1994.
Congress now has the challenge to plan the next stage of the struggle to make bosses and the government take the unions' demands seriously.
Political background to the Congress The last three years saw intense contestation between the democratic forces and the forces of reaction - a period of class contestation around the direction and course of the National Democratic Revolution (NDR).
As the national question is being addressed, class is increasingly becoming the principal contradiction in South Africa.
The profits made from the exploitation of their workers have not been ploughed back into development but into the pockets of the shareholders of the big multi-national corporations, based mainly in the wealthy first world. Editorial Comment The Challenge facing Congress COSATU's seventh National Congress takes place at a critical time for the South African trade union movement.
Secretariat Report to Congress Three years hard work for the workers COSATU's Secretariat report to Congress.
It covers the political background, problems with the tripartite alliance, COSATU's work with other organisations and the activities and campaigns of COSATU and its affiliates.