The Executive Council of the United National Transport Union (UNTU) has decided to give a UNTU branded cloth facial mask to all of its members instead of a UNTU-T-shirt after 80% of the more than a thousand members whom responded to the Union’s voting poll, requested it.

Steve Harris, General Secretary of UNTU, says the roll-out of the UNTU cloth facial mask will hopefully commence within a month. The Union will suspend the new UNTU shirt rollout till later.

“New members and those members whom have never received a shirt from UNTU, will still be entitled to their free shirts. These members needs to send their SAP numbers, contact details, Depot where they work and shirt size to enquiries@untu.co.za.

“Due to the possibility that the South African post office might not survive the global COVID-19 pandemic, the orders will be distributed to the relevant depots for the UNTU trade union representatives to hand out to members,” says Harris.

UNTU would also like to ensure that majority of their members get the Labour Report – the quarterly monthly newspaper. Those members whom have access to e-mail, please send your e-mail address to enquiries@untu.co.za so that the Union can add you to our mailing list.

Not only will you be getting your favourite newspaper, but also all the circular letters send out by the Union to keep our members abreast of any developments.

UNTU realises that although all our members have been getting their salaries throughout the lockdown, they are struggling financially since some of them are no longer receiving overtime or other allowances and benefits.

Harris says the Union wants to remind its members of the R100 once off canvassing fee they get when they recruit permanent employees of Transnet, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR), the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) or the Bombela Operating Company (Gautrain) to the most progressive union in the transport sector.

All you need to do, is to recruit new members to UNTU, complete the section reading “Enrolled by” on the UNTU Stop Order form with your details and submit it to enquiries@untu.co.za. The money will be paid into your bank account.

A canvassing fee of R50 per new member is applicable for the recruitment of RME (contract) employees.

“UNTU realises that it is not much, but every little bit can make a difference to a starving family. The Union is busy looking for service providers that can assist members with their difficult financial situations. This will be communicated as soon as memorandums of understanding have been signed to ensure that UNTU members are protected,” says Harris.


Issued on behalf of UNTU by Sonja Carstens, Deputy-General Secretary: Media, Liaison and Communication. For UNTU press releases phone Sonja at 082 463 6806 or e-mail sonja@untu.co.za

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