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Last updated: 10 November 2017

About SAFTU

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) was born out of the need to create a new independent, militant, democratic and campaigning trade union federation. FAWU, together with NUMSA and numerous other unions started discussions around the formation of a new federation after both unions disassociated from the Congress of South African Unions (COSATU). A steering committee , including the former General Secretary of COSATU, comrade Zelinzima Vavi and National Office Bearers from the different unions was formed, and a lot of hard work on the ground and support from various civil society organisations led to regular discussions around the formation of a Workers' Party, among other things.

A Workers' Summit was held in 30 April 2017, attended by more than 50 trade unions and various civil society organisations. At this summit, SAFTU was officially formed and endorsed to bring together a variety of unions under one umbrella organisation after unions became disillusioned with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).

The logo of SAFTU was designed so that it represents industrial workers, white collar workers, women and young workers in the South African economy on the African continent. The federation strives to fight and campaign to protect and improve workers' hard-won rights since the dawn of democracy in 1994.

SAFTU is based on the following principles:

  • Independent trade union organisation;
  • Worker Control and Democracy;
  • Non-racialism and non-sexism;
  • Financial self- sufficiency;
  • Anti-imperialist;
  • Socialist Orientation ;
  • Militancy;
  • Effective organisation and representation;
  • Solidarity with workers against corruption

FAWU, together with NUMSA was instrumental in the formation of SAFTU after NUMSA was expelled and the National Congress of FAWU (2016) voted in favour of FAWU's disaffiliation from COSATU.

SAFTU has 24 affiliates currently. See www.saftu.org.za

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