South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (SATAWU), an affiliate of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is set to hold its fourth Elective National Congress from 15 to 16 September at Midrand Conference Centre, Johannesburg.
Themed, “RECLAIM, RENEW & UNITE FOR WORKING CLASS POWER – BACK TO BASICS!”, the Congress will be attended by 600 delegates who represent about 101 000 members.
The opening session will take place on 15 September from 10am to 1pm, during which Alliance partners African National Congress (ANC), COSATU and the South African Communist Party (SACP) along with global trade union federations – International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and United Network International (UNI) will present messages of support to Congress.
Congress will also break into commissions to ensure maximum participation by worker delegates, with plenary report backs and debates expected to be robust and frank robust given the serious challenges facing the union since 2011 – which severely weakened SATAWU, demoralized its members and tarnished its image. Challenges to be discussed include huge loss of membership, lack of accountability by leaders and serious allegations of corruption and abuse of union funds through maladministration which almost resulted in the union’s deregistration and liquidation.
Having identified what went wrong and why, Congress is expected to chart a way forward intended to return the union to its original revolutionary values underpinned by internal democracy, worker control and compliance to ethics and good governance when managing members’ hard earned money as well as ensuring quality service to members.
SATAWU is expected to emerge from Congress as a UNITED and DETERMINED GIANT. The newly elected National Office Bearers collective will lead the RENEWING and REBUILDING process for the next five years, while being accountable to the Central Executive Committee (CEC) as the highest decision making structure between National Congresses, as a principled force of the left returning to its mobilizing and campaigning culture that will send a clear message to arrogant and conservative employers not to mess with SATAWU.
The closing session will take place on 16 September from 12pm to 1pm, during which the Congress Declaration will be read and the newly elected President will address Congress.
Media is invited to cover both the opening and closing sessions.
For media queries or interviews contact:
Jack Mazibuko, SATAWU Executive Coordinator
Anele Kiet, SATAWU Deputy Executive Coordinator
To RSVP contact:
Zanele Sabela, SATAWU Media Officer
Zanele@satawu.org.za / 011 403 2077