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NACTU Campaigns

5.1 Community involvement

This policy saw NACTU launching a campaign on the Sharpville Six and the Upington 25 that became later the Upington 14. These two trails that was a result of the rent boycott received international exposure through NACTU’s involvement and publicity. NACTU through the ICFTU co-ordinating Committee on Southern Africa , the ILO and links with various national centres throughout the world was able to bring international attention to the plight of the trialist.

5.2 Sanctions

NACTU made its first call for sanctions at its laugh in October 1986.  This was not the first time as its precursors CUSA and AZACTU campaigned for sanctions.  CUSA was the first organisation inside South Africa to give testimony before the US Congress on Sanctions. immediately after its launch in October 1986, NACTU attended an ICFTU conference on Beating Apartheid that was called to step up the sanction campaign.  NACTU called for the international community to impose sanctions against Apartheid.  This NACTU  continued in the ILO Committee on Action Against Apartheid at  its Annual Conferences.

5.3 Rent and Television Boycott

NACTU supported the rent boycott campaign by communities and in addition called for Television Licenses boycott as some of the peaceful means to overthrow Apartheid.

NACTU has after the democratic election supported the Masakhane campaign to be accompanied by delivery of service.

NACTU Programme and activities

NACTU though its various units carries out important programmes.   

NACTU has eight units based at its headquarters under the Secretariat. 


This unit operates at head office.  it is responsible for all administrative activities such as receipt of funds, payments of accounts, production of financial statements and production of reports.


NACTU has an education unit led by an education co‑ordinator that runs education seminars on the following:

  • Organising skills

  • Negotiation skills

  • Administration skills

  • Organisational Development

  • Basic Trade Union Education

  • Shopsteward

  • Basic legal

  • Paralegal

  • Health and Safety

The seminars are run over 5 days or over weekends for affiliates.  The unit works under a structure called the Educators Forum, composed of educators from affiliates.

In addition, NACTU developed an accredited one year programme for Trade Union Management with Unisa that has been running since 1993.

The course consist of five modules.

  • Introduction to Economics

  • Communication

  • Financial Management

  • Collective Bargaining

  • Labour

This course is for shopstewards and union leadership.


Women’s Unit

The women’s unit is co‑ordinated by the Women’s Co‑ordinator.  It functions under a steering Committee that meets monthly.  The unit runs gender sensitivity workshops and workshops to develop strategies on how to integrate women issues into the main  trade union agenda.

Printing Unit

NACTU prints its own material through the printing unit and for affiliates.

Information Unit

NACTU has a trade union library, this assists affiliates with information. 


Legal unit

NACTU has a paralegal service that assists dismissed members of affiliates with cases and provide advice to affiliates.

For these activities, NACTU’s sources of its income are its affiliation fees and project funds from donor co‑operating partners such as LO/TCO Sweden (Shopstewards), SASK FINLAND, LO/DENMARK, FNV‑NETHERLANDS, ICFTU, CTUC and AALC. 

Decent work Decent Life Programme

Decent work Decent Life Program has been part of the NATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND LABOUR COUNCIL (NEDLAC) for years now. Since the (WSSD) World Summit on Sustainable Development which was held on the 26th August – 4th September 2002. This marked the beginning of series of campaigns on poverty and unemployment. In 2003 on the 4th June, South Africa held a Growth and Development Summit (GDS) which came through NEDLAC to address a number of issues, in the main was job creation strategies. Through dialogue an agreement on sector summits was reached.


The ILO theme: “Decent Work Decent Life”  came in as an underpinning factor on the above. NEDLAC Growth and Development Summit had four themes:


  1. More jobs, better jobs, decent jobs
  2. Addressing the investment challenges
  3. Advancing equity, developing skills, creating economic opportunities for all and extending service
  4. Local action and implementation




This has resulted to a formation of Committees working directly with the Government to look  at issues like unemployment and poverty. As trade unions we are mindful of the fact  that the unacceptable level of  poverty and unemployment breed low resistance to exploitation of workers by employers. The decent work theme became  useless. Cheap labour becomes the issue of the day.


Unions interventions


Government announced that an increase on electricity be 53% which unions rejected. An agreement  of 27.5% was reached.




There has been a growth  on employment  between 1994 an d2004 from 9.5 million to 11.6 million. However, employment growth has not kept pace with the increase  in people seeking work. More jobs that has been created are in the informal economy, this is against the theme of Decent work.


Food Prices, Food Security and Fuel Price.


The argument being advanced by trade unions in food prices escalation is that of only the poor and unemployed who feel this horrible food price increase. The basic needs like illumination fuel like paraffin had to be in the same level as petrol on price.


HIV and Aids

It presents numerous problems and situation that compromise development and undermine efforts aimed at achieving millennium development goals (MDG) and education.


Social Security


Currently only the formal employed who are covered in terms of social security. The unemployed and informal employed groupings are not covered. The only benefit that they can access is the state social security  of which you have to be 55years being a woman and 60years being a man. Therefore NACTU with other trade unions participate in TASK TEAMS through NEDLAC on social security reforms.


In conclusion, NACTU would like to register the fact that poverty and unemployment are challenges  that we are faced with. We would like to caution the world administrators that it is through campaigns like these of Decent Work  that poverty and unemployment  can be eradicated.


                        UNEMPLOYMENT BREED POVERTY

                        POVERTY BREEDS CRIME

                        CRIME KILL ECONOMY

                        …………THEN PEOPLE REVOLT!!!!!!!!! 

1997 Draft Resolutions



This Congress:-

I.   Noting the lack of organising skills and programmes within the affiliates.
ii.  Acknowledging the importance of Education amongst members
iii. That the new Labour Relation Act – NACTU affiliates to build membership
iv.  Acknowledge that Educational activities are central in building strong and viable unions.

This Congress resolves that:-

1.  NACTU should organise programmes for organisers to equip them with skills.
2.  Create a cadreship – members who would build NACTU membership and structures
3.  NACTU should involve their Education Unit in building structures and worker leadership within NACTU.
4.  Affiliates should take the education of workers very seriously
5.  Each affiliate should build capacity to carry out education programmes.


This Congress:- 

Noting that a scope exist for building NACTU in sectors  that are weakly organised such as building and construction, liquor and catering, farmworkers, cleaning and security, engineering and civil.

In noting that this is no co-ordinated effort to organise and build members at Federation and within affiliates.

Acknowledging that a lack of investment of resources by affiliates in organising.

Re-affirming the 4th Congress resolution on Building NACTU

This Congress therefore resolve:-

1.   To instruct the Central Committee to establish on organising Committee that will submit reports to the Central Committee.
2.   Members of such a Committee should include General Secretaries of affiliates.
3.  The Organising Committee should look into sector and areas that have a potential
4.  The organising Committee should mobilise resources from affiliates and other sources for building membership.
5.  Local and regional organising campaign be mounted directed by the Committee.
6.  Affiliates not co-operating be called upon to account by the Central Committee.

Moved ! NUF


This Congress noting that

I.      Organisational development workshops to build working class leadership to take control of Unions lacking.
ii.      In some affiliates burea criatisation and official control undermines worker leadership union growth and development.
iv.  Some affiliates are taking advantage of this situation.

This Congress resolve that:-

1.  NACTU should run workshops and seminars for worker office – bearers on accounting and accountability.
2. Worker office – bearers should be trained in meeting procedures
3.  All worker office bearers at all levels be developed to have policy making skills.
4.  Worker  office – bearers should be trained in negotiating and dispute resolution skills.
5.  Worker office bearers to be trained in International relations and solidarity.

Moved by SACWU


This Congress noting that:-

I.    Women participation in Union is weak
ii.   Women issues not taken as union issues by unions
iii.  Women are lacking in leadership of affiliates and NACTU
iv.  Affiliates are not encouraging in their structures
v.   Inequality and marginalisation in union is not acceptable.

This Congress therefore resolve that:-

1.  Women issues are Trade Union issues
2.  Affiliates should include issues affecting woman into their collective bargaining agendas
3.  An accelerated programmes to bring woman into leadership by affiliates to be carried.
4.  Women organisers and negotiation be developed within unions


This Congress noting:-

1.  Affiliates lack capacity to tackle and grapple with issue falling the labour
2.  Leadership in affiliates need education and skills to fackle macro-economic and social issues.
3.  The ability to handle researched information by affiliate is limited
4.  That the situation lends itself to only few people within the Federation having the capacity to understands development in social and economic sphere and how these impact on workes.

This Congress therefore resolve to:-

1.  Instruct the Central Committee to develop capacity for affiliate leaders to be able to develop policies.
2.  NACTU should research and carry out appropriate empowerment programmes for affiliates.
3.  Extend service organisations to be asked to assist when such is lacking


This Congress noting that:- 

1.  No mechanism or guidelines exists to resolve disputes within and between affiliates.
2.  The non existence of such mechanism or guidelines creates problems within affilliates and between that expends energy, time and resources.
3.  When disputes and problems exist wastage on time and unnecessary splits take place.

This Congress resolve to:-

1. Urge affiliates to have disciplinary structures and procedures for staff.
2. That NACTU should hold training seminars of holding proper and fair hearings that are in compliance with the Act.
3. That the Central Committee set up a dispute Resolution Committee for disputes within and between affiliates with the following guidelines:-
3.1.  Disputes within affiliates to be resolved on stitutionetly with higher structures having authority or lower structure.
3.2. where an affiliate has problems as a result of lack or deviation from consistitutionality.
3.3. where disputes are as a result of violation of existing laws and the constitution laws and the constitution remedies to return the Union to constitutionaly should be taken and appropriate legal steps be taken to remedy.
3.6.  Complaint by staff will not be entertained by the committee as the Union constitution will apply.



This Congress noting that NEDLAC is an important institution for input into major Lanbour and market economic and social issues. Acknowledging that co-ordination within NACTU and puting up has been ———

Recognising that affiliates do not understand the importance of NEDLAC as important areas of activity by Labour.

This Congress therefore resolves to:-

1.  Instruct the Central Committee to set up a Labour market Committee to co-ordinate NACTU input into the NEDLAC processes.
2.  NACTU to request NEDLAC to run seminars on NEDLAC, NEDLAC processes and agreements reached for all affiliates.
3.  NACTU to call a bargaining conference annually to be able to have a co-ordinate input into NEDLAC

Moved ! SACWU


Congress noting that:-

1.  The new LRA procedures for the setting of workplace forum
ii.  That the workplace forums can empower workers in terms of their workplaces and function
iii.  There is an ill concerned idea that workplace forum can replace Union.
iv.   Where a Union is weak a workplace forum will undermine the Union

This Congress therefore resolve to:- 

1.  Call on NACTU and affiliated Unions to run workshops and training seminars on the issues the workplace forums are supposed to deal with.
2.  Urge affiliate to trigger workplace forum where Unions are strong and call for full disclosure of information on the area. The workplace forum are to deal within. 

Moved :   NUFBESAW


This Congress resolve that UIF Act is archaic and is designed to frustrate unemployed workers. Further note that UIF money if not for investment by the UIF Board but to pay out worker who are in distress.

Deploring the provision of the Act which exploit the worker for ignorance of the Act. Further noting that corruption is pampant in the administration and payment of the fund believing that the fund regainess  restrucuring to be able – This Congress resolve to:-

1.  Urge NACTU Central Committee to cell for the restructuring of UIF to be able to be responsive to workers who contribute and love their jobs.
2.  Call for the increase of the ceiling and contribution to 2%.
3.  NACTU to call for increase in unemployment benefits.
4.  Employers Labour and Government to have equal sectors.


This Congress noting that apartheid had denied access to having and skill development. In the noting that employers collided with the apartheid regime in denying training to the majority of workers.

Recognising that the globalisation of the economy requires an accelerate skills development programme.

Acknowlegement the gap between final education and skill requirement by the economy.

Encourage by the government’s recognition of the need to develop a skill’s base that will meet the requirements of development and growth.

This Congress resolve to:-

1.   Support the skills Development Bill
2.   Call for an increase from 1% in the Bill to 4% of the payroll tax.
3.   Urge the government to put through the Bill
4.   Deplore the employer opposition to the Bill.
5.   Call on affiliate to make constructive inputs for NACTU to have a coherent approach to the Bill.
6.   Urge affiliate to take skill development and training of workers seriously.




This Congress noting that:-

I.    A number of affiliate are not affiliated to Internation Trade Secretariots.
ii.    NACTU’s international work is not co-ordinated with that of affiliate
iii.  That international solidarity is the basic principle of working class struggle
iv.  Some affiliates though affiliated do not pay dues to ITS’s.

This Congress therefore resolve that:-

1.  NACTU should set up an International Committee comprised of affiliates that have international affiliation.
2.  Affiliates to be urged to pay affiliation fees for international solidarity
3.  Unaffiliated Union to be encouraged to affiliate.
4.  NACTU to run educational seminars on international relations for affiliates so that they should not see solidarity as receiving money but assisting other workers who are fighting better struggles, against recallitrant employers and governments.


This Congress noting:-

I.  The centuries violation of human and Trade Union rights in Swaziland.
ii.  The deniel by the Botswana government of full Trade Union rights by not allowing BFTU to have full time Union offices.
iii.  The Trade Union situation in Namibia of weakness of the labour movement.
Iv.  Lack of direct relationship affiliates and NACTU in Southern Africa 

This Congress resolve that:-

1.  NACTU affiliates should be encouraged to develop relation with sister Unions through SATUCC.
2.  That the SATUCC structures should be reviewed to allow participation of affiliated National centres.
3.  Encourage sub-regions structures with SATUCC .
4.  Affiliates to develop solidarity funds for joint educational purpose with sister Unions in the region.



This Congress noting:- 

I.   That the Globalisation of the Trade Union economy require strong international trade union solidarity.
ii.  The challenge of globalisation and labour standard can put Trade Unions of developes and developing countries into conflict.
iii. The call that there should be a social educate in trade agreement has resulted in some difference between trade unions in developing countries and developed countries as a result  of misconceptions.
iv. The lowering of trade —- is resulting in employees shifting into countries with low wages, pon labour standard and human rights violation.

This Congress therefore resolve to:-

1.  Call on SATUCC, ICFTU-AFRO and the ICFTU to run workshops in GLOBALISATION and the Trade Union challenge.
2.      Call in SATUCC, ICFTU – AFRO and ICFTU run workshops in globalisation, labour standard and trade.
3.    To work with all trade unions in SATUCC, ICFTU-AFRO and in the ICFTU to build strong union throughout the world that will fight for and defend workers right and International Labour standard.
4.    NACTU should campaign for a social clause in trade agreement. 



The 4th Congress of the NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TRADE UNION meeting in Johannesburg on the 14th – 17th November 1997 – Agreeing with the macro-economic objective that GEAR meets for the country. 

CONCERNED – at fiscel and monetary policies to achieve these objective as contrary to the objectives of GEARY. 

BELIVIENG – that the observation about the budget defient undermines the very objective of GEAR. 

NOTING – that the forging of revenue of expenditing to GDP is unreasonable and will undermine capital and social expenditure. 

URGES – NACTU to meet with government to point out the flowed assumptions in GEAR. 

CONDEMNS – the monetary policies of the Reserve Bank of maintaining high interest Rates thereby checking growth. 

DENOUNCING – The investment boycott by South African business calls on the South African government to pursue expansions fiscel policies to kick start economic growth and job creatioa. Further calls on NACTU to formally endorse the “SOCIAL EQUITY & JOB CREATIRIA DOCUMENT” as a basis on which NACTU and Labour should engage government in macro-economic issues. 



The 5th Congress of the NACTU meeting in Johannesburg on the 14 – 16 November 1997.

NOTING: that the stated objectives of GEAR are to create :-

* a competitive fast growing economy which creates sufficient jobs for all workseekers
* re-distribution of income and opportunities in favour of the poor.
* a society in which sound health, education and other services are available to all.
* an environment in which homes are secure and places of work productive.

CONSIDERING:   that these stated object was nobody can assure with these objectives

Further noting that the fixed and monetary policies that GEAR proposes to achieve these objective are self defecting in that they are proposing a contractunary  fiscel policy with emphasis revolving on an obsession to reduce the deficit by revenue and expenditure to GDP.

CONVINCED: – that the monetary and fiscel policies proposed by in GEAR are an anothemo to job creation and growth. 

DEPLORING: – the monetary policy of high interest rates 

RECOGNISING: – that only through capital expenditure, investment in infrastructure and progressive toxatum that the government can kick start the economy. 

URGES: – NACTU leadership to enter into dialogue with the government by pursuating Unions to reject the fiscel and memo to  policies of GEAR. 

ENDORSES: – the Social Equity and job creation document drawn by Labour as the best approach towards creating jobs and re-distribution of income in favour of the poor. 



This Congress :-

1.  the government was to create Industrial Development zone where they claim the LRA, BCEA will apply.
2.  Concerned that IDZ’s will suppress wages through super explotation.
3.  Further noting that the IDZ will create Industrial dislocation and poor working conditions for workers in those areas 

This Congress therefore resolves: 

1.  To reject IDZ’s as dead end job zone.
2.  Urges the government to reject this route of development promptly on basic and human right
3.  Calls for government not to create an incentive by local business to continue the investment boycott.

Moved! SACWU


This Congress noting that:-

I.    Privatisation is creeping into South Africa
ii.   Water and other basic services have began to be contracted to private companies.
iii.   The state is being encouraged by capital and international financial institution to sell off major stated asset to private hands.
iv.   Further believe that:-
(a)   Delivering of basic services by the private sector is going to make these services inacessible ot the poor.
(b)    The withdrawal of the state of delivering of basic services will further enhance poverty and the poor quality of life in rural and urban areas.

This Congress resolve to:-

1.  Reject privatisation in all it firms.
2.  To call upon the government not to shirk, its responsibility of providing basic services.
3.  Call upon all levels of government to take a direct responsibility in provision of basic service and infrastructures.




This Congress noting:-

1.   The South African schools Act, the curriculum zones and Draft High Education Bill designed to charge education in schools and Universities.
2.   The transformation process sweeping through the institutions of higher learning to bring them in line with the democratic change that are taking place.

Encourage by:- 

(a)   The Minister of Education resolve to bring equity and accessibility of higher education.
(b)     The support parliament has given to the Minister in efforts to change education to meet the demand of under economy.

Diploring the:-

– right wing element who want to return to the past and have compartmentalised education.
– continuing racism in some schools

This Congress therefore resolve to:-

1.  Call upon the government to stamp out ——– elements in public school
2.  Urges the government to withdraw public found in school kids continue with racism.
3.  Teachers should be trained in the new teaching methods required by Curriculum 2005.

5.2.   HEALTH:

The 5th Congress meeting in Johannesburg from the 14 – 16 November 1997. 

Minister of Health progressive Health Care policies contained in the three bill opposed by pharmaceutical companies by business and right wing ——— 

Encouraged by the Minister refusal to submit to blackmail strongly condemning the pharmaceutical parties and right policies who want to continue to bring the poor access to affordable health. 

Urges NACTU to support the National Health Care System the Drugg policy and the extra one year for inter-proposed by the   Minister Condemns the unproductive behaviour of doctors . Call upon the Minister to ensure that the health service reach the poor. 

DENOUNCE:- the blackmail to withhold AIDS Medical for South Africa. 

NDORSES:- parliament’s resoluteness not to be lacking of by pharmaceutical companies instructs the leadership to publicly endorse the Minister health care policies as progressive and in favour of the poor. 



The 5th Congress of the National Council of Trade Union meeting in Johannesburg on 14 16 November 1997.

DEEPLY CONCERNED: by an upsets against  immigrant and manifastations  of  racism  and growing xemophobia encouraged by hawkers and some backward elements.

DEPLORING:- the prejudice and growing intolerance against immigrants which has resulted in violent acts against hawkers.

RECOGNISING:- all this ensuring poverty in Southern Africa and West African countries has resulted in a number of immigrants coming to South Africa in search of jobs.

RECALLING:- The principles and standard concerning basic human rights in ILO Convention and ——- United Nations ——

DENOUNCING:- the ——-treatment of immigrant workers in South Africa forms and workplaces the degrading conditions they work under.

UNDERMINING:- the abuses the immigrant workers live and work under in particular in forms, and other workplace.

DEMANDS:- that the South African government should give immigrants same right and benefits as national —— 

URGES:- NACTU and its affiliates to investigate the —- abuses of —- immigrant by unfu——– employers .

CALL:- for NACTU to ——– serious concern through SATUCC also the SADC that government should create the necessary social economic and political conditions that will prevent unemployed people leaving their  countries in search of work

5.4.  CRIME:

This Congress noting that:-

1.  Crime is becoming a serious problem in the country.
2.  Certain elements in the farming community and political parties want to make crime an electorial issue.
3.  Former apartheid leaders ae calling for the death penalty as a detrrent with some other opportunists.
4.  Corruption in the police is also compounding the problem
5.  Crime affect communities within which workers leave
6.  South African crime situation is manifest—- of a bigger social problem and of greedy anti-social elements who are exploiting the transifund ———
7.  During syndicates and gangsters are creating an atmosphere that they are in top of the situation.

This Congress resolves that:-

1.  NACTU should support anti-crime campaign
2.  NACTU and its affiliates to encourage members to participate in crime combeting exercises in their communities. 
3.  NACTU condemns political ma—– and opportunists who want to use the crime situation to join political mileage aby using crime as an electi ———-
4.  NACTU rejects calls for death penalty as a cheap emotive issues.
5.  NACTU supports the governments call for respect of human right and rejects the nation that the death penalty is a deterrent for crime.
6.  The government should have training programmes for the youth and juveniles.


This Congress noting that:-

1.  HIV/AIDS is reaching epidence properturns

2.  Cultural and traditional beliefs making it difficult to fight HIV/AIDS
3.  Unions are doing very little in the campaign against HIV/AIDS
4.  People are afraid to come out openly on the question of HIV/AIDS
5.  HIV/AIDS is going to affect human resource base of the country and many workers will be affected by the disease.
6.  HIV/AIDS being a natural problem. Affect every gender, class, races any person irrespective of social standing.
7.  Political parties are also not serious as they want to make a political football and of the issue. 

This Congress therefore resolves that:- 

1.  NACTU ands its affiliates should work with NACOSA and other institutions of civil society in campaign on HIV/AIDS awareness.
2.  NACTU to call upon the government to make funds available for an HIV/AIDS educational campaign.
3.  The government employees to work out a strategy to deal with.
4.  NACTU to reject pre-employment testing on HIV/AIDS and to participate and make input into the South Africa Law Commission’s Bill on HIV/AIDS.

Opening of the NACTU National Congress : 2006

Joseph Maqhekeni, NACTU President, Addressing 7th NACTU National Congress, 24 April 2006, Kopanong Conference Centre, Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa.

Programme Director, Deputy President of NACTU Puseletso Tsukulu – Motsohi, the Leadership of NACTU – Secretariat and National Office Bearers, Minister of Public Enterprises, The Honourable Minister Alec Erwin, ICFTU General Secretary – Guy Ryder, ICFTU- AFRO General Secretary – Andrew Kailembo, SATUCC Executive Secretary – Moses Kachima, All Parkistan Federation of Unions delegation, All China Federation of Trade Unions delegation, Fedusa Leadership, Consawu Leadership, Representatives of Solidarity Centre, Representatives of ILO, Representatives of IFBWW, Cresentia Mofokeng welcome home, Mohau Pheko from Motheo Mokhantso Innovators and all our Sponsors and delegates from all our Affiliates, I welcome you all in this NACTU National Congress 2006


The high rate of unemployment and poverty are clouding South Africa’s economic gains since the fall of apartheid in 1994 and these are cited as the reasons behind a host of social evils such as a rampant crime rate and low levels of investments.

Unemployment is officially estimated at 26,7% but the number rises to 39 and 41% if people whose hopes of finding work have been dashed and have given up looking for jobs, are included.  We also take note of the statistics S.A reported economic upswing at a rate of 4,9% in 2005 as compared to 2004 growth.  It has been reported that this economic growth has created 2, 2% or 156 000 new jobs in the formal non-farming sector.  Government plans to spend over R320 billion on infrastructures over the next few years and hope this will contribute to more economic growth.  Also be reminded that the manufacturing and mining sectors could put a damper on this optimism, both these sectors are quite exposed to the global economic cycles. 

I must also warn optimists and economists that the suggestions that the economy has graduated from jobless growth may be hollow if one compares 2, 2% employment as created versus over 39% unemployment rate.

The Plight of People living with disabilities.


It makes business sense to employ people with disabilities.  More than 99% of people with disabilities re excluded from employment in the open market.  This to a large extent is due to societal ignorance and disdain.  People with disabilities have not been given the opportunities to demonstrate their talents and abilities. 

We need, in my view, to jointly focus on disabled persons and match them with suitable positions across all industries and professions.  By implementing rehabilitation and realignment strategies at all workplaces we can facilitate the process if accommodating disabled persons.  How many affiliates have amongst them, people with disabilities. We must support the open day dedicated to people with disabilities coming early in May.

Improved working conditions of vulnerable workers

The Sectoral Determination initiatives by the Minister of labour are most welcomed.  The Domestic workers and agricultural sectoral determination, just to mention a few, were worst forms of exploitations occured, have brought some relief to these poorly unionised sectors.

We are looking forward to making contribution when the Hospitality and the security sectoral determination are handled in the near future.   

We are appealing to the Ministers of Labour to move faster in particular when we assess the mayhem and the damages caused by the recent security industry industrial action.  We are willing to assist our Unions in the hospitality and security sectors to be more organised in these vulnerable industries.

We must express our strong opposition at attempts by some business to deny workers rights through manipulating the employment contract in the form of casualisation, contract work, labour broking and informalisation


Retirement Funds

Pension funds adjudicator, Mr. Vuyani Ngalana, after various awards in favour of retirement funds members against financial services companies, has made numerous calls to government. 

These very loud calls led government to conclude an agreement, with insurance houses, of over R3 billion compensation for early termination of policies and the reduction of premiums.  We are also encouraged by the financial advisory and intermediately services (fais) by taking up complaints from consumers against insurance brokers and other financial advisors engaged in dubious practices. 

Mr. Charles Pillai, fais ombudsman need to market his office and activities more vigorously.  Many pensions and provident funds have not complied with the Pension Fund Surplus appointment.  Billions of Rands belonging to members have not been distributed.  More pressure needs to be exerted by the Financial Services board (FSB)


Fraud and Corruption in the Retirement Industry

Mr. Peter Ghavalas, an Australian citizen, has not been successful against the law. Peter Ghavalas’ involvement in the R213 Billion pension fund fraud is set for the 1st August 2006 at the Commercial Crime Court at 64 Eloff Street, Johannesburg.  A big march is being organised by the 3 Federations NACTU, Fedusa and Cosatu when Peter Ghavalas appears in court this day.

Recently FSD Deputy Registrar, Mr. Dube Tshidi has disclosed that some fund administrators have bulked fund monies without disclosing to the funds, and negotiate with banks for higher interest rates and pocketed these benefits. 

Bulking is an illegal act and these administrators must be prosecuted soon.  If some trustees of funds are involved in these corrupt acts the law must take its course.  We will never defend or condone those actions.

Nepad and APRM – The African Agenda


NACTU fully participates in the Nepad processes – Nepad is an African Union, a home grown development programme that endeavours to emphasize ownership of development processes and emphasize ownership of development processes and increased self reliance.

NACTU has fully participated  at the Nepad National Strategy workshop on 19-21 April 2006 and our views will be incorporated in the final documents which will be used at the June 2006 Nepad vision review.  Our impact was focussed at ensuring that Nepad programmes and engagements are taken to Provincial levels and locals so that South Africans become part of the African Agendas.

The APRM Review Mechanism which is a voluntary self assessment by African Countries is in full swing in South Africa.  NACTU participated in September 2005 consultation conference and is represented in the Governing Body Structure.  It is in APRM Review exercise that NACTU has taken a leading role in ensuring that our inputs are really from the worker grassroots.

We have held National and Provincial workshops and we have submitted our inputs / reports in time.  Although only 26 African Countries (Ghana and Burundi) have done the exercise of self assessment.  South Africa as I have already indicated is in the same process.

ASGISA. Accelerated and Slared Growth Initiative of S.A

Asgisa Task force led by Deputy President Mlambo –Ngcuka has consulted with a range of stakeholders.  NACTU was no exception in this consultation.  Through these interactions all stakeholders are convinced that South Africa is ready for Asgida to be a national shared growth initiative rather than merely a government programme. 

As Asgisa programmes unfold various challenges and opportunities have been identified.  Finding constraints, infrastructure investment, sector strategies, education and skills development, eliminating second economy, Macro – economic issues and governance and institutional interventions have been identified if we are to move from mediocre to success NACTU is well positioned to tackle these challenges and grab opportunities for the benefit if the working people of our country.

Trade Union Unity against Globalisation

In pursuant of:

NACTU founding preambles – “a belief in workers uniting and developing themselves so that they can control their own destiny and take their historic role in the eradication oppression, exploitation and discrimination”.  In the past three years we have taken these initiatives.

Mergers and consolidation

We have had strategic sessions with all affiliates and their leaders with the intention to strengthen our unions.  Thereafter we had started one on one session with individual unions checking strength and weakness and used our own resources to capacitate and grow them. 

Deputy NACTU General Secretary has been championing this process.  The Secretary has been championing this process.  The intention is to help and not to criticise and destroy.

We have also persuaded mergers between unions in the same sectors.  We have paired our unions in hospitality, food and agriculture, transport, local government and public services. 

Our previous experiences have taught us not to rush this sensitive exercise.  The process must be acceptable to membership and leadership of unions.  We hope that even if it takes longer the merger or co-operation must be sustainable. 

We need to be persuasive and encourage them to see the need to share resources for the benefit of workers and their organisations.  We believe our next steps should be to co-ordinate our unions in the same bargaining councils; same seta’s and in same companies where more than one NACTU affiliate exists.

There must be one voice of NACTU unions in all these activities.  We should avoid in future what happened in the recent security negotiations where some NACTU affiliates signed the 8, 33% and others were locked out as that approached has strengthened the employers at the expense of the workers.  

This paradigm shift will need our secretariat and elected leadership to move out of their Ivory Towers Offices to the field work to implement these initiatives of NACTU is to grow.  We must ensure that NACTU affiliates are self sustainable through workers subscriptions not investments or grants / resources.

Provinces and Regions

 NACTU has 4 Provincial Offices- Gauteng – Limpopo – Western Cape and KZN and these Provinces have provincial and regional structures in place and there is good co-ordination between affiliates. 

NACTU is growing very fast in the Eastern Cape and if this trend continues we may open a Provincial Office in this province.  The team of Organisers co-ordinated by Provincial Coordinators should continue as is happening in Western Cape and Eastern Cape. 

As these programmes unfold we are to ensure that affiliates hold their Congress at the right time according to their constitutions so that they comply with the labour relations act as required.  We better have a thin / lean federation that supports complying unions and providing quality service than multitude of affiliates that do not sustain themselves and the federation.



We are very impressed by the motivation of NACTU staff across the country and the improved relations between NACTU and affiliates staff.  This can lead to massive NACTU growth.  Keep it up comrades.  The quality service that you provide to this federation is not unnoticed.

Merger – NACTU, Fedusa and Consawu


In pursuant also of NACTU also of NACTU founding principles and objectives;

–                        To strive for the building of a united worker movement in our country.

–                        To promote the principle of independent and democratic unionism……in a manner consistent with the preamble and to ensure permanent co-operation to achieve common goals

–                        To advance the economic well-being, social interests and working conditions of all workers!!

We have seriously engaged Fedusa and Consawu with the intention to merge these 3 federations before the end of October 2006. Various joint committees have been established to look at issues like constitution, policies and resolutions and finance and administration. 

There is already a proposed constitution which will be tabled to the joint presidential committee soon.  We are all very optimistic about these developments.

This will bring a bigger voice for all independent federation.  Our intention is not to compete with any one or bigger than any one.  We have initiated an opportunity for all unions cherish the independence of the trade union movement from any affiliation or alliance of any political ideology.  We are inviting all unions to join us as we march towards a New Realignment of forces. It is our view that we have created a home for all worker organisations to join us.

We have also been encouraged by the announcement that ICFTU and WCL will have merger congress before the end of 2006 and we intend beating them by merging before that time.  The Global unions have also taken the same view of merging and sharing resources and skills for better solidarity and unity against Globalisation.

We are aware that these initiatives come with challenges which we are ready to confront without fear or hesitation.  I have noticed various unions’ resolution in support of the merger with Fedusa and Consawu.


The leadership that will emerge from this Congress must have the carriage to take process forward.  Backward Never – Forward Ever!  This may be the last congress of the National Council of Trade Unions which was a merger between Cusa and Azactu in 1986.

I hope our Guests will enjoy their stay in South Africa and network freely.  We are a free country. 

I therefore officially declare the 2006 National Congress of NACTU opened.


Congress 2001




This Congress


(i)                     Noting that affiliates membership is declining as a result of restructuring of the South African economy.


(ii)                    Further noting that the service industry is growing whilst there is a decline in the manufacturing sector.


(iii)                   Observing that the difference  between industries is being blurred by the processes of globalisation.



This Congress therefore resolves to:


1.             Direct the NACTU Central Committee to investigate and redefines industrial sectors.


2.             Direct the Central Committee and Secretariat to co-ordinate affiliates that operates in the same sector.


3.             Direct the Central Committee and Secretariat to build NACTU membership within the service sector.


MOVER:           SACWU



1.2.       MERGERS


This Congress noting  


(i)                     Many NACTU affiliates are operating in the same sector.


(ii)                    That co-ordination amongst affiliates operating in the same sector is poor.


(iii)                   There is competition amongst affiliates for membership as a result of unions operating in the same sector.


This Congress therefore resolves that


1.             Affiliates operating in the same sector should merge


2.             The Central Committee should direct and conduct such mergers.


3.             Prior to mergers, affiliates operating in the same sector should be directed by the Central Committee to coordinate their organizing and collective bargaining activities.

4.             Newly admitted affiliates to merge within 12 months of joining the Federation.

5.             A four year time frame be applicable for affiliates to complete the merging process.

6.             The following criteria shall apply to all mergers:

        A comprehensive declaration on their current status


        Audited financial statements be made available





1.3.       ORGANISING              


This Congress  

(i)                     Noting the efforts of the Central Committee in building NACTU through organizing. 

(ii)                    Concerned with the lack of organizing programmes within NACTU affiliates. 

(iii)                   Further noting the impact of globalisation on affiliates and on membership. 

(iv)                  Reaffirming the 1997 Resolutions in creating an organizing committee.

This Congress therefore resolves to:

1.         Call on affiliates to establish an organizing programme.

2.         Direct the Central Committee to receive organizing reports from affiliates on a quarterly basis.

3.         The Central Committee to monitor local, regional and provincial organizing  activities on a regular basis.


4.         Create a fund for this purpose. 







This Congress 

(i)                     Acknowledging the political breakthrough of 1994 as a significant step in the building of a democratic non-racial society.


(ii)                    Realising that the building of a non-racial society is the responsibility of all progressive forces.


(iii)                   Noting that NACTU membership and staff is not representative of communities that make up South African Society.


(iv)                  Concerned with perceptions that NACTU is only a black organization.

(v)                   Recalling the founding principle of non-racialism of NACTU.

This Congress therefore resolves: 

1.      That NACTU and affiliates should work in organizing all workers irrespective of race, colour or creed.


2.         NACTU and affiliates employment and staffing should be representative and reflect the non-racial nature and character of NACTU.


3.         Any employment to be based on loyalty to NACTU policies and principles.







This Congress:

(i)         Noting that Education is central to internal democracy within the union.

(ii)         Believing that worker control without a relevant and consistent education programme within affiliate is undermined.


(iii)        Further noting that Development an authentic working class leadership is dependent on education.

(iv)        Further noting that affiliates do not have planned programmes on education.

This Congress therefore resolves:

1.         That the issue of worker education shall be at the top of the agenda within NACTU and affiliates.


2.         To promote and encourage research into the educational needs and priorities of workers.


3.         Set up proper and effective educational infrastructure at provincial, regional and local level.


4.         That affiliates submit educational programme proposals to CC for approval subject to compliance with accountability requirements. 





This Congress noting:

(i)                     The lack of investment in staff development by affiliates.

(ii)                    The ETDP SETA that provides opportunities to unions to develop capacity of staff.


(iii)                   Realizing the need for officials with capacity and administrative level at organization.


This Congress therefore resolves:

1.         To Implement skills development for staff and do all that is necessary to achieve this.

2.         Participate fully and support in the ETDP SETA and all its processes.

3.         Make staff development a top priority issue.





This Congress:

(i)                     Noting that Trade Union education plays an integral part in developing and political consciousness needed to attain our political objective.


(ii)                    Further noting that educational provision should take place at all levels of organization i.e. local, provincial, national and international.


(iii)                   Believing that Trade Union education must in all instances aim to achieve collective goals and aspirations and enhance NACTU to guard against trade union education becoming individualized.


(iv)                  Further noting that it would be foolish of NACTU to isolate its educational provision from TU education institutions such as DITSELA.


(v)                   Further noting the instrumental role NACTU played in the establishment of DITSELA. 


This Congress therefore resolves that:

1.         Educational committees should be established at all levels of organization.

2.         NACTU actively participates in DITSELA structures.

1.             Our participation at DITSELA, and any other Labour Service Organisation (LSO), should be informed by our Political and Organisational Resolutions and Principles.







This Congress   

(i)                     Noting that Gender power relations from society are not reflected in the trade union movement.


(ii)                    Concerned about the lack of policies and programmes within affiliates to promote gender equality.


(iii)                   Further concerned about some affiliates that do not have gender coordinators.


(iv)                  Further noting that affiliates that do not provide financial support to carry out gender activities to promote gender equality.


(v)                   Further noting that NACTU does not have a clear policy position on gender equality.


This Congress therefore resolves that 

1.             The NACTU Central Committee should receive reports on gender activities of each affiliates.


2.             To direct each affiliate to have a gender co-coordinator within affiliates.


3.             Each affiliate should reserve one third of seats within their National Executives Central Committee as part of positive action to promote gender equality.

4.         NACTU develop a policy document on gender equality.


5.         Affiliates submit quarterly reports to the Central Committee on their programmes of promoting gender equality.







This Congress


(i)                     Noting the inconsistency of representatives of affiliates to the Central Committee.


(ii)                    Concerned about continuity in Central Committee.

(iii)                   Realising consistency of delegates at NACTU Central Committee is necessary for flow of information and team work.


This Congress therefore resolves that :


1.         Section 11.2 of the NACTU Constitution should be enforced.

2.         No persons shall be allowed to attend NACTU Central Committee without the unions having informed NACTU in terms of Section 11.2.







This Congress:


1.         Noting that NACTU does not have a dedicated Media and Publicity Department.


2.         Further noting that Policy Positions on various issues affecting the Labour Market, Society and Economy are absent in the print and electronic media.


3.         Realising that capacity building and marketing of NACTU is not  effectively publicized and lacks identity.


4.         Further realizing that there is an absence of campaigns and programmes to promote and build the image of NACTU.


This Congress therefore resolves:


(i)                     That NACTU employ a fulltime Media and Publicity official.


(ii)                    That NACTU makes comments and representations relevant to Labour, Political and Socio-Economic issues at every opportunity and clearly states it’s policy positions.


(iii)                   That NACTU identify issues that effect members and embark on programmes and campaigns.







This Congress


(i)                     Concerned about the quality of education at affiliate level.

(ii)                    Further noting that some affiliates do not have co-ordinated approach to education.


(iii)                   Believing that education is central to the building of the union movement.


(iv)                  Acknowledging that for a successful prosecution of the class struggle education within affiliates must have a class bias.



This Congress therefore resolves to:

1.         To direct every affiliate to have an education department.

2.         That every affiliate must have an education policy to build class

             consciousness amongst members.





This Congress


(i)                     Noting that Social dialogue is an incremental advance for the working class.


(ii)                    NEDLAC is a central institution of social dialogue in South Africa.


(iii)                   Concerned that affiliated unions of NACTU do not have a strategic programme that takes NEDLAC into consideration in their work programs.


(iv)                  Considering that NEDLAC provides a platform for working class to engage with capital and the state on issues concerning workers.


(v)                   Applauding the establishment of the Labour Market Department by NACTU


This Congress therefore resolves:


1.         NACTU to establish an Economic and Social Policy Committee from affiliates to make considered inputs in the Nedlac Labour constituency and NEDLAC.


2.         Each affiliate to participate into activities of Nedlac.


3.         NACTU to ensure that it is represented in all Nedlac Chambers.


4.         NACTU to ensure the reports of Nedlac reach provincial, regional and local  structures


5.         Education Programme includes Nedlac activities.







This Congress


(i)                     Noting the enhancement of the Skills Development Act by Parliament.


(ii)                    Acknowledging that the Act is designed to empower workers and to develop their skills.


(iii)                   Concerned about affiliates who do not participate on SETA’s.


This Congress therefore resolves:


1.         Every affiliate should participate on SETA’s.


2.         All affiliates should ensure that in each and every plant, training takes place.


3.         Affiliates should provide the federation with annual report on Skills Development in their sectors.


4.         Each affiliate should also ensure that the Department of Labour receives reports on Skills Development, Progress and Shortcoming.





This Congress:


(i)                     Noting that the IMF and the World Bank are having an influence on developing countries economies.


(ii)                    Concerned that South African Government through GEAR a self imposed IMF and World Bank structural adjustment programme.


(iii)                   Concerned with the insensitivity of the government on the plight of the poor in South Africa.


This Congress therefore resolves:


1.         That NACTU should condemn the IMF and the World Bank structural adjustment programme.


2.         NACTU should work with international working class forces to fight IMF and the World Bank structural adjustment programmes.


3.         NACTU should carry out educational programme on the damage the IMF and the World Bank programmes such as GEAR causes to workers and communities.






This Congress:


(i)                     Noting the establishment of the Millennium Labour Council between labour and business.


(ii)                    Being conscious that relations between business  and labour are of a class nature.


(iii)                   Acknowledging that at this juncture Capital has an advantage due to the imbalance of class forces.


(iv)                  Further noting the primary responsibility of unions is to engage capital to be instrumental to advance worker’s interest.


This Congress resolves:


1.         To direct the Central Committee of NACTU to participate in the Millennium Labour Council guided by working class consciousness.


2.         That NACTU should engage the MLC in Alliance with other working class forces.


3.         That NACTU to withdraw from MLC if it does not advance working class interests






This Congress:

1.         Noting the suffering of the Cuban people under the American blockade.

2.         Concerned with American Governments International arrogance.

3.         Applauding the role of  Cuban Internationalism in the South African negotiated settlement.


4.         Condemning the continued silence of the International Community on the suffering of Cuban Working People caused by the American Blockade.


The Congress therefore resolves:


1.         To pledge solidarity with the Cuban people.


2.         To work with International and other class forces to end the American Blockade against Cuba.


3.         To call upon the ICFTU to campaign for the end of the Cuban Blockade.


4.         To send a clear message of support to the Cuban working class.







This Congress noting that


(i)                     Globalisation is a reality that is affecting working people, their families and unions.


(ii)                    South Africa has now become part of the global market that is without rules.


(iii)                   Worker job security and social benefits are under attack by the global market.


(iv)                  The efforts of the ICFTU, TUAC – OECD and the It’s in fighting for a rules based global trading system.



This Congress therefore resolves that


1.             NACTU continues to work with and through ICFTU and its related it’s for the inclusion of labour standards in trade agreements.


2.             NACTU should fight for a social plan for workers within the restructuring of the South African economy.


3.             NACTU to work with other progressive forces nationally and internationally for rules based on global trading system.







This Congress


1.         Noting that very few affiliates have international contacts.

2.         Concerned with the impact of globalisation and lack of international solidarity work.


3.         Believing in the international working class solidarity  in the fight against capitalism.


4.             Reaffirming the 1997 Congress Resolution on the establishment of a Committee on International Solidarity.


This Congress therefore resolves that:

(i)                     The Central Committee should establish an International Committee.

(ii)                    Every affiliate to participate in the International Committee and provide report.


(iii)                 The International Committee be the Centre of International Solidarity activities of NACTU and affiliates.







This Congress


(i)                     Recognising the role of ICFTU and TUAC-OECD in the fight for a rule based on global system of trading.


(ii)                    Concerned about the problems of developing countries within the WTO.

(iii)                   Condemning the dominance of the rich countries of the WTO.

(iv)                  Believing that ILO’s Core Conventions should be included in trade agreements.


(v)                   Noting the world appreciates of the South African Government record on human and Trade Union Rights.


This Congress therefore resolves:

1.         To call upon the South African Government to include a Social Clause in all trade agreements.


2.         To fight for the promotion of human and trade union rights by using trade agreements.


3.         To condemn the unfair regime of the WTO against developing countries.

4.         Condemn the protectionism of the European Union on agricultural products from developing countries.


5.        To support the Government efforts to co-ordinate developing countries with          the WTO.







This Congress


(i)                     Noting that we are part of a continent that is suffering from disease, civil wars and human rights violation.


(ii)                    Condemning the corruption of African leaders and dictatorship.

(iii)                   Applauding the steps of the South African Government in promoting African Renaissance.


(iv)                  Further condemning opportunists who want to use African Renaissance for self gain.


This Congress therefore resolves:


1.         To support an African Renaissance driven by ordinary people not greedy individuals.


2.         To direct the Central Committee to participate in African Renaissance programmes and to give a class content to these programmes.


3.         To work with democratic African Trade Union on African Renaissance.





4.1.       GEAR


This Congress


(i)                     Recalling the 1994 and 1997 resolutions on the economy.

(ii)                    Believing that GEAR as a macro-economic policy has failed.

(iii)                   Concerned about the contractionary fiscal policies of the Government.

(iv)                  Condemning the investment strike by South African captains of business.


(v)                   Further noting the growing unemployment and poverty in our country and the failure of the government to deliver.


This Congress therefore resolves to:


1.             Condemn GEAR as an economic policy that impourishes the disadvantaged.


2.             Call upon the government to abandon GEAR and institute policies that will address poverty.


3.             NACTU and its affiliates to actively oppose GEAR.


4.             NACTU to work with other progressive class forces to fight for an economic policy that is pro-people.


MOVER:           BCAWU




This Congress:

(i)                     Acknowledging that Black Economic Empowerment is a historical and political imperative given the legacy.


(ii)                    Noting that Black Economic Empowerment has been also used as part of capitals arsenal in the attack against workers rights.


(iii)                   Further noting that some of the Black Empowerment Companies are the worst violator of trade union rights.


(iv)                  Believing that Black Economic Empowerment cannot be a preserve of the few.


This Congress therefore resolves:

1.         That Black Economic Empowerment should not be enrichment of the few.

2.         To the Empowerment of the majority to direct the Central Committee to engage with Black Business Organisation. on workers rights.


3.         NACTU should engage government to  the concept of Black Economic Empowerment and Procurement Policies its .


4.         NACTU should work to ensure procurement policies, enhance worker’s rights and compliance with social responsibilities.


5.         NACTU should engage government on nepotism and favouritism that has been characterized national and provincial tender boards in the name of Black Economic Empowerment.






This Congress


(i)                     Noting that the government has adopted privatization as its policy.

(ii)                    Concerned of the job losses in the parastatals and supplier companies to parastatals as a result of privatization.


(iii)                   Further noting that the privatization policies is driven by greedy individuals who want to steal national assets in the name of Black Economic Empowerment.


This Congress therefore resolves to:


1.         Condemn the current privatization of parastatals that provide basic services to workers and communities.


2.         Call upon the government not to use restructuring as a ploy for privatisation.


3.         NACTU should work with other class forces to actively oppose privatization of parastatals that provide basic services such as electricity, transport, water and communications.






This Congress noting:

1.         That the government through the Ministry of National Treasury and the Reserve Bank has since February 2000 instituted inflation targeting.


2.         Concerned that this inflation targeting was done without consultation with social partners.


3.         Further noting that the inflation targeting is a form of restraint on wage and salary increment.


4.             Believing that the inflation targeting is being used to undermine wage negotiation in both the public and private sector.


This Congress therefore resolves that:

1.         NACTU to work with other Labour Constituents of NEDLAC to bring the matter into NEDLAC.


2.         To ensure that inflation targeting does not undermine workplace transformation and discrepancy that are designed to reduce wage disparities.


3.         The inflation target should not used suppress wages in sectors such as agriculture and domestic workers.







This Congress noting that


(i)                     HIV/AIDS has reached pandemic proportions.

(ii)                    The world is not anywhere near in finding a cure for the disease.

(iii)                   HIV/AIDS is not only a health issue but has economic and social ramifications.


(iv)                  The rate of infection is reducing population growth of South Africa and the life expectance of the population.


(v)                   HIV/AIDS strikes people at their prime of economic life and has an effect on individual households, communities, government, business and the national economy.


(vi)                  The inadequacy of proper workplace HIV/AIDS programme exacerbate reduction of productivity and increase costs due to absentiseem.


(vii)                 Discrimination against HIV/AIDS positive workers by both employers and co-workers is still a reality and rife in the South African workplace and fuels the spread of the disease.


(viii)                The South African response to HIV/AIDS has been disappointing and government lacks the political will to tackle the scourge.


(ix)                  Government has not been transparent in its agreement with pharmaceutical companies on intellectual property rights.


(x)                   The relevant government ministry continues to display its arrogance and remain adamant in refusing to provide cheaper generics.


(xi)                  NACTU affiliates remain in active and less aggressive in the campaign against HIV/AIDS.


This Congress therefore resolves that:


1.             NACTU and its affiliates should strengthen its work with NAPWA and TAC and other democratic/progressive institutions of civil society in the campaign on HIV/AIDS.


2.             NACTU to engage government through SANAC structure at all levels and solicit funds for HIV/AIDS educational campaign.


3.             NACTU to embark on a national sustained campaign and bring pressure to bear on government to provide cheaper generics.


4.             The Central Committee be mandated to give directives to affiliates to participate effectively and efficiently in HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns.


5.             NACTU to allocate funds for a national HIV/AIDS policy formulation Conference/workshop.






This Congress noting that:

(i)                     HIV / AIDS has reached epidemic proportions.

(ii)                    The world is not anywhere near in finding a cure for the disease.

(iii)                   HIV / AIDS is not only a health issue but has economic and social ramifications.


(iv)                  The rate of infection is reducing population growth of South Africa and the life expectancy of the population.


(v)                   HIV / AIDS strikes people at their prime of economic life and has an effect on individual households, communities, government, business and the national economy.


(vi)                  The inadequacy of proper workplace HIV / AIDS programme exacerbates reduction of productivity and increase costs due to absentiseem.


(vii)                 Discrimination against HIV / AIDS positive workers by both employers and co-workers is still a reality and rife in the South African workplace and fuels the spread of the disease.


(viii)                The South African response to HIV / AIDS has been disappointing and government lacks the political will to tackle the scourge.


(ix)                  Government has not been transparent in its agreement with pharmaceutical companies on intellectual property rights.


(x)                   The relevant government ministry continues to display its arrogance and remain adamant in refusing to provide cheaper generics.


(xi)                  NACTU affiliates remain in active and less aggressive in the campaign against HIV / AIDS.


(xii)                 Noting the sensitivity of pharmaceutical companies on HIV / AIDS.


(xiii)                Concerned with the policies of government on lack of treatment of people who are HIV / AIDS positive.


(xiv)                Further noting the lack of political will by the government to fight HIV / AIDS pandemic.


(xv)                 Condemning the beggar attitude by the government to fight HIV / AIDS.


(xvi)                Worried by the political opportunism towards HIV / AIDS.



This Congress thereafter resolves:


1.         To condemn begging bowl attitude of the government on HIV / AIDS.


2.         Call on the government not to rely on donors to fight HIV / AIDS but to provide resources from the National Budget.


3.         To demand that the government provides treatment for people with HIV / AIDS.


4.         That NACTU must unite with other organizations to fight for free treatment people living with HIV / AIDS.






This Congress:

(i)                     Realizing the historic and political imperative of creating a non-racial society.


(ii)                    Further noting that poverty creates tribal and racial enmity that can defeat the objectives of the National Democratic Revolution and Class-consciousness.


(iii)                   Poverty creates the vicious cycle of disease and unemployment.


This Congress therefore resolves to:

1.         Direct the Central Committee and the Secretariat to work with other labour governments to entrench democracy and non-racialism and socialism.


2.         Direct the Central Committee and the Secretariat to engage business and government on the issue of poverty work.


3.         Direct NACTU to work with civic and community organizations to fight poverty.





5.4.       PUBLIC HEALTH

This process noting:

(i)                     The serious deterioration of the Public Health Services.

(ii)                    The governments inability to provide quality healthcare to the poor.

(iii)                   The ineffective implementation of the primary healthcare policy and national healthcare system.


(iv)                  The exorbitant prices of medicines imposed by the pharmaceutical cabals.


(v)                   The serious deterioration of the Public Health Services.

(vi)                  The governments inability to provide quality healthcare to the poor.

(vii)                 The ineffective implementation of the primary healthcare policy and national healthcare system.


(viii)                The exorbitant prices of medicines imposed by the pharmaceutical cabals.


This Congress therefore resolves:

1.         To be vocal against the government’s inability to deliver quality health care to the poor.


2.         To strongly oppose price fixing by pharmaceutical conglomerates.

3.         To pressurize the government in implementing effective and efficient management of the Public Health System.


4.         To urge the government to make quality healthcare easily available to the poor.






This Congress:

(i)                     Noting the failure of the South African Schools Act and Curriculum 2005 to effectively transform education in schools and universities.


(ii)                    Concerned by the lack of sufficient funding by government of state schools.


(iii)                   Further concerned by the Government inconsistency in implementing a standard education policy.


(iv)                  Further noting the mass retrenchment and redeployment of educators.


(v)                   Continuing racism in some schools.

(vi)                  Noting the failure of the South African Schools Act and Curriculum 2005 to effectively transform education in schools and universities.


(vii)                 Concerned by the lack of sufficient funding by government of state schools.


(viii)                Further concerned by the Government inconsistency in implementing a standard education policy.


(ix)                  Further noting the mass retrenchment and redeployment of educators.


(x)                   Continuing racism in some schools.


(xi)                  Further noting the lack of consultation by government with stakeholders in implementing changes.



This Congress resolves:


1.         To urge the government to adopt a more positive approach in the effective implementation of the School’s Act and Curriculum 2005.


2.         Calls upon government to increase funding for state schools and provide financial assistance for the under privileged at schools and tertiary levels.


3.         That government places an immediate moratorium on retrenchment and redeployment of educators.


4.         To further call upon government to stamp-out racist elements in public and private schools.









This Congress


(i)                     Noting that the South African political geography has changed since 1994.


(ii)                    Realizing that NACTU need to co-ordinates its activities according to the political geography.


(iii)                   Furthering that the NACTU Constitution does not accommodate provinces.


(iv)                  Acknowledging the Central Committee decision of July 1999 to build Provincial  Structures in line with the politics


This Congress therefore resolves


  1. To amend Section 13 of the Constitution to read  “The Establishment of Provincial Structures of the Federation”.


  1. Where it reads “regional” it should be “provincial” and where it reads “local” it should be “regional”.


  1. That local structures should remain and 3 locals to form a region and three regions should form a provincial structure in terms of the South African political map.








This Congress noting


(i)                     The recommendations of the strategic workshop and the National Office Bearers on the 18 – 20 June 1999 and the decision of the Central Committee meeting held on July 1999.


(ii)                    The expenses of running the Central Committee for affiliates and the federation.


(iii)                   The need for a time allowance in implementation of decision of the Central Committee.


This Congress therefore resolves to:


1.             Amend the Constitution to cater for only six (6) Central Committee meeting instead of ten (10).


2.             That section 11.1. of the Constitution be amended to include provinces instead of regions and provincial representatives to attend Central Committee meetings.