South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (SATAWU) announced the date for its elective National Congress at a three-day Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting held in Braamfontein, Johannesburg late last week.
Themed, “Reclaim, Renew and Unite for Working Class Power – Going Back to Basics,” the gathering was addressed by Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande, chair of the ANC Sub-committee on Economic Transformation Enoch Godongwana and COSATU President Sdumo Dlamini. They all emphasised that unity is paramount and stressed the need for SATAWU to revitalise itself for the benefit of the workers as the transport, security and cleaning sectors are crucial to the economy, driving transformation of the transport sector and contributing to resolving challenges facing the provision of public transport like the burning of trains in the Western Cape and privatisation being brought through the door.
The CEC was the first to take place under the custodianship of the 14-member Task Team that was elected by the Central Executive Committee at a meeting on 17 November 2017 in which a progressive turnaround plan was adopted to rescue the union.
The Task Team was mandated by the CEC informed by terms of reference which, among others, included managing the affairs of the union, taking the union to its 4th elective National Congress by February 2018; working with COSATU to rebuild and unite the union through an organisational programme intended to regain the trust and confidence of members, to ensure the conducting of a forensic audit of the union’s finances and investments in order to fully appreciate the veracity of the allegations of corruption and its causes.
The Task Team subsequently elected a five-member executive to handle the day-to-day running of the union. It became clear then that the Task Team would be unable to achieve the CEC deadline to convene the elective Congress as the level of the organisation’s indebtedness made it impossible. The Task Team, in particular the executive, endured scathing criticism for not delivering Congress within the intended time period particularly by forces linked to the deported former general secretary who remain hell bent on destroying the union.
Presenting the organisational report, Executive Coordinator Jack Mazibuko laid bare the serious challenges faced by the Interim Task Team when they took over the running of the organisation in November 2017 and how much work had been done to stabilise it to date. The CEC unanimously commended the Task Team for the good work it had done and reaffirmed its mandate that they take the union to its 4th elective National Congress.
The CEC adopted the following important resolutions:
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