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But we hope there will be enough ammunition in these pages to arm workers for the coming battle to defend their jobs, improve their living standards and safeguard their democratic rights.COSATU has done so much since its last National Congress in 1997 and even since the special Congress in 1999, that the Secretariat Report to the 7th National Congress is inevitably very long.On the contrary, more jobs have been lost since this strategy was adopted, on average over 100 000 jobs a year have disappeared.Growth and redevelopment has been at a snail's pace and South Africa remains the second most unequal nation on earth. ' Already, on our 10 May general strike, four million workers made it clear that they support the campaign to smash poverty and create quality jobs.Congress now has the challenge to plan the next stage of the struggle to make bosses and the government take the unions' demands seriously.
By itself, racial prejudice does not entirely explain the basis and logic of oppression premised on a capitalist form of accumulation in a colonial setting.Discussion Document Advancing social transformation in the era of Globalisation In preparation for the Congress the COSATU Central Executive Committee Lekgotla in May 2000 approved this document.Resolutions COSATU is proud that is controlled by the workers it represents.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.
Workers cannot accept a policy that forces their wages down to the lowest possible levels, in order to make their employers' businesses more 'competitive' on the world market.