At its founding Congress, NACTU adopted principles
that would guide it through its various stages of the working class
struggle and policies that are subject to change with changing
The following are the principles that guide NACTU and serve as its
NACTU believes that workers are workers irrespective
of colour, creed and ethnic origin and share the same exploitation by
employers. Apartheid employers have used racism as a ploy to divide the
working class and weaken its struggles.
2.1.2 Worker Control
NACTU believes that a union is formed to advance and
defend the interest of workers, officials are only employees of the
All committee and structures of the unions and the Federation should be
composed by the workers. This principle is enshrined in the NACTU constitution. All delegates from affiliates it is a requirement
that they should be workers. The constitution defined in terms of clause 3.1
as "bona fide Union" means a union which
has a constitution, and no less that 100 members, and is controlled by its members"
Clause 7 of the NACTU constitution for unions that are members or seeking membership provides for a copy of the current constitution establishing.
"7,2.1.1 democratic workers control at all levels and structures of the union
22.214.171.124 no voting rights for paid officials"
This is the constitutional test that all NACTU affiliates must stand up
2.3 Working Class leadership
This principle, requires that the leadership of NACTU should have the genuine class interests of working people.
2.4 Financial Accountability
Within unions and the Federation, Accountability on finances is an important principle that must be implemented through regular financial statements and annual audits. This takes place within NACTU
through the Central Committees and Congress.
2.5 Non affiliation to political organisations
NACTU believes that workers join unions because of the material condition at their workplaces not because of party political
preferences. No workers should be denied trade union membership because of party political affiliation. In addition, NACTU at its 1990 Congress
took a decision that NACTU office-bearers can not be office-bearers of
political parties. This however, does not bar NACTU office-bearers
from belonging to political parties of their choice and participation in
2.6 Autonomy of Affiliated Trade
Affiliated trade unions are free to carry out their activities without interference by Federation or its officials. This principle
applies as long as a union operates within NACTU principles and constitution.
These principles have served as a bedrock of NACTU in hence with clause 6.1.7 of the constitution that says "to promote the principles of
independence and democratic trade unionism and to ensure its acceptance by the
community and society as a whole in a manner coincide with the preamble and to
ensure permanent co-operation to achieve common goals"