South African

Transport

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
    Ditsela
  • cuban 5
    The Cuban 5
  • International Transport Forum
    ITF
  • Cosatu

    Cosatu
  • SACP
    SACP
  • ANC

    ANC
  • Global Union
    Global Union

Aims and Objectives

AIMS

To advance and defend the interest of the workers in respect to all matters of mutual interest between workers and their employers in order to improve the standard of living of the union`s members, workers and the working class in general. To advance and defend the union`s members and workers employment and the socioeconomic interest and rights.

To promote and defend the socio-economic interests of the union members, workers and the working class.
To resist and defend the union members against unfair labour practises and dismissals.

To promote the job security of the workers and union members by fighting for job creation programmes and resisting dismissals for operational reasons

To eradicate all forms of unfair discrimination in the workplace and society that are based upon arbitrary grounds including but not limited to race, gender, sex, ethnic, social origin, colour, birth, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, age, disability, HIV status, religion, culture & political opinion.

To build and maintain a democratic worker controlled union based on the principles of non-racialism, non-tribalism, non-sexism, non-homophobic and non-xenophobic principles.

To promote democracy and worker control in the union by encouraging members, shop stewards, officials and office bearers to work in an accountable and responsible fashion by, amongst other things

  • Seeking the appropriate mandate and reporting back to the relevant structures of the union and its members
  • Accepting and offering constructive criticism that builds the union
  • Providing information about the union and its work to the members and other workers in a manner or language that is easily understood.
  • Fostering the democratic participation of members in the union, especially the participation of women; and
  • Building strong and active shop steward structure.

To advance and defend the cause of democracy and socialism in the workplace, the economy, the country and internationally.
To build solidarity and foster unity, co-operation and comradeship amongst all workers and the working class.

OBJECTIVES

To this end, the Union will:

  • Recruit and unite workers in order to pursue their economic and social interest and welfare.
  • Provide and promote projects such as education and training for our members and staff.
  • To eradicate all forms of unfair discrimination in the workplace.
  • To unite, inspire and educate our members
  • To render effective and quality service to our members
  • To ensure that members actively participate in the union`s activities in determining the destiny of the union

Scope of the Union

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

Transport services:

  • Passenger transport services : road, rail, air and sea
  • Freight or goods transport and storage, including by road, rail, air and sea

Maritime transport:

  • stevedoring and cargo-handling
  • shipping
  • repairs to maritime equipment
  • clearing and forwarding
  • seafaring and berthing
  • and ship supplies and chandelling services.

Civil Aviation:

  • passenger, cargo and technical services in both domestic and foreign airlines
  • operations at airports
  • operations at civil aviation authorities or offices
  • air traffic navigation services and
  • ground and ramp handling

Transport infrastructure services:

  • tollgates and road management and operation
  • the operation of transport terminals
  • Travel agencies & transport rental services, including motor vehicle rental services.

Property Services:

  • Contract cleaning
  • General cleaning services (other than property services)
  • Laundry and Dry Cleaning workers
  • Funeral undertaking workers
  • Security Services
  • Taxi Industry

 

Press Statements

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