What is the Constitution of UNTU?

The Constitution of UNTU is the fundamental and entrenched rules governing the conduct of the Union. It establishes the objects, character, status and structure of the Union.

UNTU is a registered trade union with the Department of Labour. Therefor our Constitution must meet certain requirements, including provision for a ballot of members in the Constitution before a strike or lock-out is called; and it must not discriminate against any parties on the grounds of race or sex.

The Object of UNTU’s Constitution is to:

  • To regulate relations between employees and employers, including any organisation of either employees or employers.
  • To promote the interests of its members.
  • To plan and organise its administration and lawful activities.
  • To affiliate to and participate in the activities of any National or International Workers Organisations and / or the International Labour Organisation.
  • To promote, support or oppose any legislative matters that may affect the interest of its members.
  • To encourage lawfully all eligible employees to become members of the Union.
  • To offer legal assistance to its members about or arising out of their employment, which assistance shall be determined by the Management Committee in their sole and absolute discretion.
  • To establish and administer funds for the benefit of its members and / or their dependants.
  • To encourage the settlement of any disputes between members and employers or employer organisations through conciliation, mediation or arbitration.
  • To do such lawful things as may appear to be in the interest of the Union and its members and which are not inconsistent with the objects or any matter specifically provided for in this Constitution.
  • To borrow, invest, lend or donate monies for the promotion of the objects of the Union as may be determined by the Management Committee in their sole and absolute discretion from time to time. UNTU’s Executive Council is reviewing the Constitution
Constitution UNTU
[revised] 1 Nov 14 Pages 1-67