Independent Municipal & Allied Trade Union

The Independent Municipal & Allied Trade Union (IMATU) is a trade union in South Africa. It has a membership of 80,000 and is the largest politically independent trade union in the local government sector.

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Full nameIndependent Municipal and Allied Trade Union
Founded8 March 1996
Members70,000 (2011)[1]
Key peopleJohan Koen, General Secretary
Office locationPretoria, South Africa
CountrySouth Africa

The Union was founded in 8 March 1996, with the merger of five unions:[2]

  • Durban Municipal Employees' Association
  • Johannesburg Municipal Employees' Association
  • National Union of Employees of Local Authorities
  • South African Association of Municipal Employees
  • South African Local Authorities and Allied Workers' Union

It originally affiliated to the Federation of South African Labour Unions,[3] then to its successor, the Federation of Unions of South Africa,[4] but it is now independent.

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  1. ^ Lawrence, Andrew (2014). Employer and Worker Collective Action. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 1107071755.
  2. ^ Jacobs, Mario (2013). What factors contributed to the failure of the 2011 municipal strike? (PDF). Cape Town: University of Cape Town. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  3. ^ "FEDUSA: Working for the nation" (PDF). South African History Online. Retrieved 25 March 2021.