South Africa: Economic Development, Environment, Health, & Labor


Economic Development, Environment, & Health

South African Labor Organizations

  • Communication Workers Union (CWU)
  • The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)
    "The Congress of South African Trade Unions was founded in 1985 and has since then been in the forefront of the struggle for workers' rights and against apartheid. COSATU is a partner in the Tripartite Alliance consisting of the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party. This site includes links to information on the 20 trade unions affiliated to COSATU, with a combined membership of over 1.75 million.
    - The Shopsteward. (Online) Archives -- Johannesburg: The Congress of South African Trade Unions, 1995-
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    - Tripartite Alliance -- Documents
    - South African Democratic Teacher's Union COSATU affiliate (documents, web links for teaching & organizations)
    - See also: Home pages of the National Union of Metalworkers and National Union of Mineworkers below.
  • Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA)
    -- FEDUSA affiliates
  • National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) (Republic of South Africa)
    -- See also: South African Department of Labour above.
  • National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA)
    "In May 1987, NUMSA was formed. It merged four different unions: Metal & Allied Workers Union; Motor Industry Combined Workers Union; National Automobile & Allied Workers Union; and, United Metal, Mining & Allied Workers of South Africa. Two other metal workers associations belonging to COSATU joined soon thereafter: General & Allied Workers Union; and, Transport & General Workers Union."
  • National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)
    "The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was formed in 1982 and represents approximately 357,000 members in the mining and electrical energy industries, the vast majority of the unionised workforce. Since its inception, the issues of wages, racial discrimination and health and safety have been the pivots of its campaigns for improved conditions for mine and energy workers. The NUM is the largest recognised collective bargaining agent representing workers in the mining industry and the electrical energy industry. Nationally, the NUM is affiliated to the Congress of South African Trade Unions and internationally to the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM)."
    -- See especially: NUM Publications & News
  • South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU)
  • South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU)