Six hundred delegates of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) converged at the Midrand Conference Centre on 15 September, 2018 for its 4th Elective National Congress. The theme, discussion and direction of the National Congress was not only to elect new leaders but aimed to reclaim, renew and unite the organisation for the purpose of strengthening working class power and going back to basics.
In line with the clarion call made by the November 2017 CEC, the union understood that it had to go back to its founding principles to ensure that the soul of the giant union was finally saved based on a return to revolutionary trade union principles. The robust engagements of Congress delegates, wisdom of the union’s founding leaders and the guidance of both COSATU and Global Federations- ITF and UNI- allowed SATAWU to reflect on its current challenges and begin to self-correct.
Accordingly, the following resolutions and mandate were given to the newly elected leaders among others:
SATAWU has emerged out of its Congress united and determined to rebuild the union into an ever rising giant that has the capacity to take on employers’ toe to toe in order to improve the conditions of its members on the shop floor through collective bargaining processes and link up with community struggles.
SATAWU will proceed to the 13th National Congress of COSATU and fully participate as an affiliate in good standing with a view to contribute to strengthening the federation.