Convener of the Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party (SRWP) Irvin Jim has urged Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) members and affiliates to vote for the SRWP at the May 8 elections which are less than 35 days away.

Jim was speaking at the side-lines of the party’s launch congress at Birchwood hotel in Ekurhuleni.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) backed party will choose the party leadership, draft its constitution and adopt its election manifesto over three days.

Over 1000 Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party delegates representing all nine provinces gathered for the party’s three day launch congress.

The newly established organisation says it aims for at least one seat in Parliament to represent the interest of the workers.

“We are very confident that we will gain a seat, even more than one seat in parliament,” says Jim.

General Secretary of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), Zwelinzima Vavi has rubbished reports of tension between his organisation and independent affiliate Numsa.

Vavi further added that he was not looking keen on any leadership position within the SRWP.

“There is no love lost between us,” says Vavi.

Numsa president, Andrew Chirwa says the launch of a workers’ party will be a historic moment. The party’s newly elected leadership will be announced on Saturday.