NUMSA calls for unity of African workers
By Staff Reporter
South Afrca’s National Union of Metal Workers (NUMSA) has pleaded with workers across Africa to unite and reclaim their dignity.
Addressing the ongoing conference in Winneba, Ghana on Thursday, General Secretary Irvin Jim further called on Africans to rebuild their economies in the interest of working class.
Jim, whose presentation was themed: Organised labour in the struggles against neoliberalism, lamented divisions that have besieged the continent.
“Among the other tasks before us include to mobilise the working class on the African continent and the world; to unite Africa and build its economy from an African perspective as the only way to unseat neocolonialism. And I’m sure we can say even trade unions; uniting worker to worker. Africa is standing still because the colonisers have made sure that Africa remains divided,” he said. ‘We must sit down and figure out, how does Africa trade with each other? We must build our own economies and at the same time cut ourselves from these imperialists.”
He called upon delegates to rekindle the spirit of Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah who championed Pan Africanism.
Jim stressed the need to mobilise all socialist formations across the continent into one formidable force.
“We’re here to recommit ourselves to mobilising the working class, uniting peasants, industrial proletariats, landless movements and other classes of people. A country where I come from, South Africa, despite the fact that we are liberated by ourselves in solidarity, we were liberated by frontline states; it takes a lightning in South Africa to wake up with xenophobia attacks where foreign nationals, our comrades that are kept as the victims of xenophobia. And this conference must deal with this problem. How do we attack xenophobia? How do we deal with the cancer of these brothers that were brought up with a fake illusion that Africa is not one continent? Asked Jim. “And as a result, when our people are being dealt with by the brutality of capitalism they always go for the weak in society. How do we build alliances between the landless proletariats, the peasants? How do we go back to the basics? We had to come home to Ghana to reconnect with the spirit of Kwame Nkrumah the leader of socialism on the African continent and the world. We are here to rekindle the importance of championing the struggle for unity, solidarity, internationalism, and the revival of our revolutionary credentials; to recommit ourselves to class struggle as the only guarantee for change.”