The South African Footplate Staff Association (SAFSA) and Technical Workers Union (TWU) merged to form what was known as UTATU – United Transport and Allied Trade Union.
Rail transport in South Africa
- LEMASfounded 1905 (locomotive personnel)SAFSA 1976
- ASAfounded 1924 (skilled artisans)TWU 1993 (open to all)
- Merger talks began (SAFSA, TWU & SALSTAFF)1993No fruition
- Further talks1998-1999Further talks, SAFSA withdraws, TWU & SALSTAFF continue, breakdown in talks
- TWU & SAFSA re-engage in talks2000TWU & SAFSA re-engage in talks, sign a merger agreement, both parties appoint a merger committee, appoint a facilitator (Prof Wiehahn), UTATU is formed, final registration (20 November 2000)
UTATU merged with SARWHU to form UTATU SARWHU with effect from 22 June 2012.
The Union’s name changed from UTATU SARWHU to United National Transport Union (UNTU). The Registrar of Labour approved the name change with effect from 1 November 2014.