Between the second quarters of 2014 and 2015, union membership in South Africa decreased by 17 000 members.
Cosatu is not encouraged to support the "all white" Springbok team that will take on the All Blacks, says provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich.
The Cosatu congress has been called a bloody nose for the progressive side of labour left. Does it mean a kick in the shins for Numsa's United Front?
Support for the trade union federation's ex-general secretary seems to be waning and his allies splintering.
Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini has called on rebel unions aligned with Numsa and former general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi to "free themselves".
Eight rebel unions who sympathise with Numsa and Vavi are working with them to try to force a discussion about the transformation of Cosatu.
Cosatu's ally, the South African Communist Party, blames Cosatu's debilitating divisions on their extensive inverstment portfolio.
SACP members will be meeting for its special national congress, where concerns about the ANC failing to fulfil its worker mandate will be addressed.
The tripartite alliance says it wants to address all "irritations" that are causing internal divisions at their five day summit.
Both agree that South Africans simply cannot afford the proposed 25.3% increase, which would have a terrible impact on the economy and job creation.
Labour unions in wage negotiations have left the bargaining table, insisting that the state violated a recent increase agreement.
The trade union federation has told rebel unions to attend central executive committee meetings or face expulsion.
Three Cosatu affiliates have accused Sdumo Dlamini of using a CEC meeting to further their own agenda and have decided to boycott it.
The NEC has said the trade union federation divisions remained unresolved because the factions ignored the recommendations of the ANC task team.
Divisions in the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers' Union over investments and a trust for members have spilled into court.
Unions are likely to accept the state's latest public sector wage offer and bring to an end seven months of negotiations and the threat of a strike.
Cosatu's policy is one sector, one union but there could be two, metalworker's union if Numsa has its way.
Cosatu boss Sdumo Dlamini says the rebel unions had only identified unity and cohesion as issues they want to be addressed, not electing new leaders.
Trade union federation says it had planned to hold the meeting, but Numsa says legal intervention was needed to compel it to do so.