OATUU to attend the COSATU International Summit on the Future of Working Class Internationalism, 12-14 July 2018

The Organization of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU) will attend the International Summit of The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) on 12-14 July 2018 at the OR Tambo Garden Court in Kempton Park, South Africa on the theme:  “THE FUTURE OF WORK: Building working class solidarity for Quality Jobs, Decent Incomes and Sustainable Development”.

This summit will be attended by COSATU affiliates as well as friends of COSATU in the region, and the continent. OATUU will be represented by its Assistant Secretary General Mr. Emmanuel Titus Nzunda.

As stated in the invitation, the purpose of this summit is to:

  • Correctly Assess the balance of power and the forces shaping the world today (Who holds real power and in what form is power) and their concrete meaning to our struggle for working class power, in class and organizational terms.
  • Clarify the essence and meaning of trade union internationalism today and the character of the multiple forms of workers organization. This aims both to draw in the widest possible sections of workers into active, united and focused struggles. These struggles must be about key battles against the most basic manifestations of socio-economic crisis of capitalism at the workplace, community and in society generally
  • Clarify our Strategic Perspective on the most contentious issues brought to the fore by the development of capitalism today and how to relate to them;
    • The Future of Work (what kind of jobs, workplace and organizational design and systems are now defining work and how do we respond?)
    • What is the 4thIndustrial Revolution? The digitalization of human relations and society and what do they mean? What does it mean for workers and the skills effect, particularly in the developing world and its propensity to totally displace human beings, unless ICT must serve human development and social progress?
    • The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the struggle for the Universalisation/ internationalization of decent and dignified living conditions for humanity – workers and communities at the front

The outcomes of this summit will be used to formulate resolutions and reports towards the COSATU 13th National Congress and the COSATU international program for the period of 2019-2021.