We are very proud to announce that the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has become the latest union to endorse USi. SAMWU is a COSATU affiliate with a proud history of fighting for local government employees, for public services and socia …

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We are very proud to announce that the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has become the latest union to endorse USi. SAMWU is a COSATU affiliate with a proud history of fighting for local government employees, for public services and social justice. SAMWU has fought very hard against the privatisation of essential public resources.

International officer Steve Faulkner said,

The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) is very pleased to be associated with Union Solidarity International (USi). We believe that the principles on which USi is based, and especially its emphasis on worker to worker contact, South-South-North linkages, and its commitment to transforming and strengthening international solidarity are completely in line with the policies of this union.

Furthermore there is an urgent need to stimulate critical thinking on the role and purpose of trade union international solidarity work at this time. USi is increasingly well placed to provide examples of good practice, and to help us to look at what we need to change in order to ensure that we effectively address the challenges we face. We have much to learn from one another regardless of our resource base, geographical location, or organisational and political culture. We are living in a world where the workers movement is currently on the defensive, but does not need to be!

We hope that other unions, will seize the opportunity to engage with USi and its growing network of associates, and we look forward to working together with them.”

Last year, we held a web conference with SAMWU spokesperson Tahir Sem. You can watch it here:

If your union branch would like to work with SAMWU members on an international twinning project, please let us know.

You can see the SAMWU support letter here:

 

For more information about SAMWU’s international work, see there international policy here:


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