Labour federation Cosatu was owed R45m in affiliation fees by various unions at the 2017 financial year end, says a Sowetan report. Unions are battling to pay monthly subscription fees to the federation due to infighting and difficulty in collecting membership fees. Cosatu affiliates such as the SA Municipal Workers Union and the Liberated Metalworkers Union of SA are not in good standing after failing to pay their fees for many months. In terms of the Cosatu constitution, an affiliate ceases to be in good standing once it is more than three months in arrears. The report says Cosatu lost a huge financial contribution after expelling its largest affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA in 2014. Cosatu has 17 affiliates and president S’dumo Dlamini confirmed that a number were in arrears. Cosatu national spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said unions were unable to pay ‘due to their internal challenges in collection of membership fees. while trying to meet other obligations of their own’.