The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) was formed in 2000 after a series of negotiations and small-scale mergers by unions in the transport industry. SATAWU organises workers in the transport as well as security and cleaning sectors. We have members in diverse sectors including railways, harbours, parastatals, aviation, passenger transport (buses and taxis) freight and logistics (trucking), contract cleaning and security.
The merger by transport unions to form SATAWU was in response to the call by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) for – ‘one industry, one union, one country, one federation’. COSATU believed that if all unions merged and worked together under one federation, their voice would be more powerful and they would therefore be in a stronger position to bargain.