Salaried Staff Association

The Salaried Staff Association (SALSTAFF) was a trade union representing railway workers in South Africa.

The union was founded in 1918, as the South African Railways and Harbours Salaried Staff Association, and long represented only white workers. In 1928, it was a leading founder of the Federal Consultative Council of South African Railways and Harbours Staff Associations,[1] which from the 1950s was affiliated to the all-white South African Confederation of Labour. By 1980, it had 27,545 members.[2]

By the early 1990s, the union had transferred to the Federation of South African Labour Unions, its membership dropping to 16,000 in 1992.[3] In 1997, it became an affiliate of the Federation of Unions of South Africa[4] In 2002, it merged into the United Association of South Africa.[5]


  1. ^ Lewis, Jon (1984). Industrialisation and Trade Union Organization in South Africa, 1924-1955. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521263122.
  2. ^ Miller, Shirley (1982). Trade Unions in South Africa 1970-1980: a directory and statistics. Cape Town: Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit. ISBN 0799204692.
  3. ^ Von Holdt, Karl (May 1993). "In the number 2 spot" (PDF). South African Labour Journal. 17 (3). Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  4. ^ "FEDUSA: Working for the nation" (PDF). South African History Online. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  5. ^ Mantashe, Gwede (2008). The decline of the mining industry and the response of the mining unions. Johannesburg: University of the Witwatersrand.