Federation of Unions of South Africa

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) is the second largest national trade union center in South Africa.

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Full nameFederation of Unions of South Africa
Founded1 April 1997 (1997-04-01)
Key peopleGodfrey Selamatsela, President
Riefdah Ajam, General Secretary
Martle Keyter, Deputy President
Office locationJohannesburg, South Africa
CountrySouth Africa


The federation was founded on 1 April 1997, when the Federation of South African Labour Unions merged with the Federation of Organisations Representing Civil Employees.[1] Many affiliates of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions also joined.[2]

The federation has a membership of 556,000.[3]:490 The union represents workers in aviation, health, catering, automobile industry, hospitality, municipalities, education, medical services and banking.[3]:490 The FEDUSA is affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation.


Current affiliatesEdit

The following unions were listed as affiliates, as of 2021:[4]

Union Abbreviation Founded
Administrative, Library and Technical Staff Associates ALTSA
Airline Pilots Association of South Africa ALPA-SA
Health & Other Services Personnel Trade Union of South Africa HOSPERSA 1994
Hospitality Industries and Allied Workers' Union HIAWU 1929
Insurance and Banking Staff Association IBSA
Motor Industry Staff Association MISA 1949
Motor Transport Workers' Union MTWU
National Security and Unqualified Workers' Union NASAWU
National Union of Leather and Allied Workers NULAW 1926
National Tertiary Education Union NTEU 2009
Public Servants' Association of South Africa PSA 1920
Professional Transport and Allied Workers' Union PTAWU 1980
South African Communication Union SACU 1994
South African Parastatal and Tertiary Institutions Union SAPTU 2008
South African Typographical Union SATU 1898
Suid-Afrikaanse Onderwysers Unie SAOU 1997
Tertiary Education National Union of South Africa TENUSA 2005
United Association of South Africa UASA 1998
United National Public Servants Association of South Africa and Allied Workers Union UNIPSAWU 1998
United National Transport Union UNTU 2012

Former affiliatesEdit

Union[5] Abbreviation Founded Left Reason not affiliated Membership (1999)[6]
Administrative, Technical and Electronic Association of South Africa ATEASA 1919 1998 Merged into UASA N/A
Care Centre, Catering, Retail and Allied Workers' Union CCRAWUSA
Construction and Engineering Industrial Workers' Union CEIWU
Eskom Employees' Association EEA N/A
Food and General Workers' Union F&G 1,912
Hairdressers' and Cosmetologists' Trade Union 5,591
Independent Municipal & Allied Trade Union IMATU 1996 66,657
Independent Performing Arts Trade Union IPATU 120
Internal Staff Association ITA Merged into SAPTU N/A
Jewellers' and Goldsmiths' Union J&GU 1939
Millennium Workers' Union MWU
Mouthpiece Workers' Union MPWU 1997
National Democratic Change and Allied Workers' Union NDCAWU
National Teachers' Union NATU
National Union of Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Commercial, Health and Allied Workers NUHRCCHAW
National Union of Prosecutors of South Africa NUPSA 232
Officials' Association of South Africa OASA 1918 1998 Merged into UASA N/A
Post and Telecom Association P&T 6,358
Professional Health Organisation of South Africa PHOSA
Public and Allied Workers' Union of South Africa PAWUSA 1967 Transferred to COSATU 24,943
SALSTAFF SALSTAFF 1918 2002 Merged into UASA 16,357
South African Airways Flight Engineers' Association SAAFEA 159
South African Blindworkers' Organisation SABWO Disaffiliated
South African Diamond Workers' Union SADWU 2001 Merged into UASA 910
South African Footplate Staff Association SAFSA 1905 2000 Merged into UTATU 10,000
South African Independent and Allied Workers' Union SAI&AWU
South African Railways and Harbours Union SARWHU 2001 2012 Merged into UNTU
South African Telecommunications Association SATA N/A
South African Workers' Union SAWU 1936 2001 Transferred to Solidarity 21,798
Staff Association for the Motor and Related Industries 1,333
Sweet Workers' Union SWU N/A
Technical Workers' Union TWU 1924 2000 Merged into UTATU 11,118
United Private Sector Workers' Union UPSWU
United Transport and Allied Trade Union UTATU 2000 2012 Merged into UNTU
Werknemers Unie van Suid-Afrika WUSA

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "FEDUSA - Federation of Unions of South Africa". FEDUSA. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  2. ^ Bendix, Sonia (2001). Industrial Relations in South Africa. Juta. ISBN 9780702152795.
  3. ^ a b Pretorius, Fransjohan (2014). A History of South Africa: From the Distant Past to the Present Day. Hatsfield, Pretoria: Protea Book House. ISBN 978-1-86919-908-1.
  4. ^ "Affiliated trade unions". FEDUSA. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  5. ^ "FEDUSA: Working for the nation" (PDF). South African History Online. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  6. ^ Finnemore, Martheanne (1999). Introduction to Labour Relations in South Africa. 9780409028003.

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