National Council of Trade Unions

The National Council of Trade Unions (NACTU) is a national trade union center in South Africa. It has a membership of 397,000 and was formed by the merger of the Council of Unions of South Africa (CUSA) and the Azanian Confederation of Trade Unions (AZACTU) in 1986.[1]:488

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Full nameNational Council of Trade Unions
Key peopleNarius Moloto, general secretary
Office locationJohannesburg, South Africa
CountrySouth Africa

The NACTU is affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation.


Current affiliatesEdit

The NACTU has 20 affiliated unions.

Union Abbreviation Founded
Banking, Insurance, Finance and Allied Workers' Union BIFAWU 2009
Building, Construction and Allied Workers' Union BCAWU 1975
Entertainment Catering Commercial and Allied' Workers Union Of South Africa ECCAWUSA 1989
Federation Council of Retail and Allied Workers FEDCRAW 1993
Industrial, Commercial and Allied Workers' Union ICAWU
Industrial and Commercial Workers' Union of South Africa ICU
Inqubela Phambili Trade Union ITU
Labour Equity General Workers' Union of South Africa LEWUSA 2002
Metal and Electrical Workers' Union of South Africa MEWUSA 1961
Media Workers' Association of South Africa MWASA 1973
National Public Service Workers' Union NUPSWU 1998
National Security, Commercial and General Workers' Union NASECGWU
National Services and Allied Workers' Union NASAWU 1993
National Transport Movement NTM 2012
National Union of Food, Beverage, Wine, Spirit and Allied Workers NUFBWSAW 1993
Professional Educators' Union PEU
South African Chemical Workers' Union SACWU 1980
South African Private Security Workers' Union SAPSWU 2002
Transport and Allied Workers' Union TAWU 1972
Transport and Omnibus Workers' Union TOWU 1989

Former affiliatesEdit

Union Abbreviation Founded Left Reason not affiliated Membership (1988)[2]
Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union AMCU 2001 2018 Disaffiliated N/A
Black Allied Mining and Construction Workers' Union BAMCWU 1990 Expelled 4,119
Black Domestic Workers' Union BDWU 1985 300
Black Electronic and Electrical Workers' Union BEEWU 1989 Merged into MEWUSA 520
Black Trade Union of Transnet Workers BLATU 1981 1998 Merged into SARWHU
Black University Workers' Association BUWA 1972 1992 Merged into MESHAWU
Brushes and Cleaners Workers' Union BCWU 1982 1993 Merged into NASAWU 3,000
Domestic Workers' Association of South Africa DWASA 1974 3,000
Engineering and Allied Workers' Union of South Africa EAWUSA 1963 1989 Merged into MEWUSA 3,000
Electrical and Allied Workers' Trade Union of South Africa EAWTUSA 1987 1989 Merged into MEWUSA 15,000
Federated Mining Union FMU 3,100[3]
Federation of Municipality, Health and Allied Workers FEDMAWU 1992 Merged into MESHAWU
Food and Beverage Workers' Union FBAWU 1979 1993 Merged into NUFBWSAW 17,000
Municipality, Education, State, Health And Allied Workers Union MESHAWU 1992 N/A
Natal Liquor and Catering Workers' Union 6,737
National Clothing and Textile Workers' Union of South Africa NACTWUSA 2001 N/A
National Union of Farm Workers NUF 418
National Union of Furniture and Allied Workers NUFAW 1956 Dissolved 20,000
National Union of Wine, Spirits and Allied Workers NUWASW 1978 1993 Merged into NUFBWSAW 4,881
Parliamentary Staff Union PSU
South African Laundry, Dry Cleaning and Dyeing Workers' Union SALDCDWU 1972 1993 Merged into NASAWU 500
South African Health and Allied Workers' Union SAHAWU
Steel, Engineering and Allied Workers' Union SEAWU 1979 5,500
Textile Workers' Union TWU 1973 1990 Expelled 400
United African Motor and Allied Workers' Union UAMAWU 1980 1989 Merged into MEWUSA 8,000
Vukani Black Guards and Allied Workers' Union VBGAWU 1981 1993 Merged into NASAWU 2,000

General SecretariesEdit

1986: Phiroshaw Camay
1989: Cunningham Ngcukana
2004: Mahlomola Skosana
2000s: Manene Samela
2010s: Narius Moloto

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Kraak, Gerald (1993). Breaking the Chains. London: Pluto Press. ISBN 0745307051.
  3. ^ Figure is for 1987.

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