From the TUC

Trade union membership up in South Africa

27 May 2010, By

The Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU), the main union confederation in South Africa, has recorded a small membership increase between January 2009 and April 2010, its Central Executive heard this week. Although the increase of 18,704 represents only a 0.9% increase, that was against the backdrop of a decline in employment over that period because of the global economic crisis of over a million jobs. Membership of COSATU’s 21 affiliated unions now stands at 2,022,133.

The NUM achieved the biggest growth (15 000) and POPCRU (prison and correctional officers – most like the POA in the UK) the biggest percentage growth (9.3%). Others which have grown are NEHAWU, FAWU, NUMSA, SADTU, CEPPWAWU, SASFU and PAWUSA. The biggest loser was SACTWU, which lost 20 975 members as a result of the massive number of retrenchments in the clothing and textile industry.