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South African Public Service Union

A union for public workers

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Background

The formation of a progressive, non-aligned union for public service workers was conceptualized by the workers who decided to distance themselves, their membership from public sector unions who were alliance with political parties in government. These worker leaders were propelled by the need to have a clear identity as workers and by the clarity provided for by the historical mission of a trade union. The need to better the working conditions of public service workers to provide job security and a living wage without the effects of political interference and pollution.

The public service workers’ union envisaged must recruit all workers in the public service and unite them to ensure achievements in central bargaining. This public service union must ensure that it accelerates redress and imbalances in the work place whilst in pursuit of better lives for the public service workers and pushing back the frontiers of poverty. Furthermore the union should ensure that it brings back the dignity to the so undermined, low paid low morale public service worker.

The union aims at defending the rights of workers without compromise whilst ensuring that there is definite equity and redress within the working place where workers are appreciated on merit and skill acquired. The union will fight all forms of discrimination and imbalances. The union will ensure accelerated transformation within the workplace whilst without compromise. Also ensuring that there is provisioning of adequate resources to ensure efficient, prompt and effective service delivery.

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