22 September 2016


"COSATU and SACP support the Day of Action on 7 October 2016"


SACP and COSATU Bilateral Strategy Session Statement



The leadership of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and Congress of
South African Trade Union (COSATU) met in a two day bilateral strategy on
Tuesday to Wednesday 20-21 September 2016 in Johannesburg.


The two working class formations of the tripartite alliance exchanged
analyses on the political situation in South Africa, the conditions facing
the working class. The bilateral meeting shared perspectives on the need to
unite the widest range of progressive forces and work together to develop a
united and coherent response to the current political challenges facing the
national democratic revolution. 


These two organisations have therefore agreed to strengthen constant
engagements on the state of the national democratic revolution, including
assessing its challenges, opportunities and threats on an ongoing basis in
order to develop common perspectives on the way forward and joint programmes
as well as joint campaigns.


Other class forces are shaping the future


The balance of forces both within South Africa and internationally have seen
massive attempts at subverting the interests of both the workers and the
working class at large under capitalism's rapaciousness. This system holds
sway over virtually the entire globe and its brutality and barbarism is
intensified by the fact that it has been mired and bogged down in a systemic
crisis since 2008 with no end in sight. The crisis has affected the workers
and working class the most. 


There was consensus from both COSATU and the SACP that we need to
consciously implement decisions from our own bilateral engagements and
particularly intensify our part of class struggle. We agreed that the two
formations should jealously guard their unity. The SACP and COSATU cannot
afford to be found wanting when other class forces are shaping the future of
our country.


Both the SACP and COSATU accepted the epic responsibility of building
democratic working class power in all key sites of struggle and significant
centres of power!


Our immediate tasks include strengthening our organisations, salvaging the
African National Congress (ANC), our strategic ally, uniting the ANC-led
alliance and ensure that it rigorously defines the basic content and
strategic tasks of the second radical phase of our democratic transition.


National Development Plan


The SACP and COSATU will work together to ensure a review of the National
Development Plan (NDP) in line with the ANC-led alliance's 1st September
2013 national summit declaration. The summit agreed that both the SACP and
COSATU expressed a valid critique of the NDP and that it must accordingly be
reviewed. The alliance must walk the talk, match words with deeds. That is
our joint message from our bilateral strategy session as we move forward to
push to progressive policy changes in the best interests of the workers and
the working class. We will not allow other class forces to subvert the
aspiration of the working. We will push very hard to achieve a paradigm


The socialist axis of the tripartite alliance as represented by the SACP and
COSATU will convene a series of strategic discussions with the Progressive
Youth Alliance (PYA) with the objective of assisting in building the youth
movement based on principled programmatic relations.


COSATU and the SACP agreed to work together to strengthen trade union
organisation and political work of COSATU industrial unions. This immediate
task includes uniting COSATU industrial unions, rebuild democratic worker
control, quality service to members, shop steward training and political


Revival of the Chris Hani Brigade


COSATU will continue to encourage members and leaders of its affiliates to
join and be actively involved in the SACP and uphold the party's
ideological, political and organisational discipline, as well as engage in
collective and self-cultivation to become vanguard cadres.


A team led by the Deputy General Secretaries of COSATU and the SACP will
develop a joint recruitment campaign that will include servicing COSATU
affiliates' members and workplace visits. This campaign will include the
revival of the Chris Hani Brigade, joint political schools between COSATU
Central Executive Committee and the SACP Central Committee, and rigorous
re-invigoration socialist forums.


COSATU and the SACP will work together to mobilise for the International Day
of Decent Work to take place on the 7 October 2016. On this day, we will
rollout political in various centres of working class organisation across
the country and demand a living wage, accelerated implementation of the
National Health Insurance (NHI), integrated and reliable public transport
system and a comprehensive social security, among others.


COSATU and the SACP are fully committed to fighting corruption and corporate
capture both in the trade union movement, political organisation and the
state including Sate Owned Enterprises



Sizwe Pamla, COSATU National Spokesperson, 060 975 6794

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