South African


and Allied

Workers Union

A Revolutionary Union Most Admired

The Scope of the Union

The Union will be open to all workers employed in any of the following public or private industries, trades, occupations and undertakings in South Africa

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A Brief History of SATAWU

The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union, SATAWU, was formed in 2000 after a series of negotiations and smaller scale mergers by unions in the transport industry. SATAWU organises workers in the transport sector as well as security and cleaning companies.

The sectors include …

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Our Affiliates

  • department-of transport

    Department of Transport
  • ditsela
  • cuban 5
    The Cuban 5
  • International Transport Forum
  • Cosatu

  • SACP
  • ANC

  • Global Union
    Global Union



  • Membership has increased gradually from 70 000 to over 200 000 members to date.
  • Drastically improved working conditions of workers, in the security and cleaning sectors by making sure that there is a Provident Fund in these sectors.
  • Compared to other affiliates of COSATU, SATAWU has always pushed for higher wages, and to this effect, our settlements are 9% on average.
  • We have pushed very revolutionary strikes that were all aimed at emancipating the life of the workers and working class at large.

Hence we fought bitter court cases up to the constitutional court and won majority of them.

Press Statements

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