The WFTU General Secretary, George Mavrikos, addressed the COSATU Congress today, on November 25th, 2015. In his speech he underlined: “We are not yesterday friends, we are not temporary colleagues… We are old comrades, we’re fighting side by side since the founding of WFTU” he also called the South-African people to continue their struggles, to strengthen the class-oriented unions against monopolies and capitalism.
During his speech he emphasized on the aim of the foreign interventions aiming to paralyze the workers’ movement in South Africa in order to exploit the natural wealth of the country and officially announced that the 17th WFTU Congress will be held in S. Africa hosted by COSATU and all other WFTU affiliates.
In an honorary move, on behalf of the WFTU leadership, the WFTU delegation awarded comrade Eric (Stalin) Mtshali for his contribution in the development of the class-oriented movement.
Also the WFTU delegation hold a meeting with the leadership of South African Communist Party in a spirit of comradeship, where matters of bilateral interest were discussed.
During the congress the creator of the 3rd winning poster of WFTU Poster Competition, Austin Mutsaa, was also awarded for his efforts.