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A brief history - TIRISANO Transport and Services Workers Union

TIRISANO TRANSPORT and SERVICES WORKERS UNION (TASWU) was established on the 5th of April 2004, it was originally registered as TIRISANO WORKERS UNION (TIWU). On the 19th of November 2005, TIWU held its first National Congress; the following individuals were elected as office bearers:

Samuel Kekana (“Kekana”) - President
Johannes Nkunyane (“Nkunyane”) - Vice President
Tshepo Abel Africa (“Africa”) - Treasurer
Thabo Mashiloane (“Mashiloane”) - General Secretary (Appointed)
Duma Clement Kunene (“Kunene”) - Assistant General Secretary

On the 18th of November 2013 the union name was officially and Legally changed to TIRISANO Transport and Services Workers Union (TASWU). The current scope of the union has been amended to include certain sectors and clarifies some areas that were a cause for concern in the process of its operation.

In 2011, Cde Peter Moeketsi was appointed as a General Secretary to replace Thabo Mashiloane, who resigned after acquiring employment elsewhere to further his career. During 2012, the Union was threatened by deregistration due to lack of compliance with the LRA, Under the leadership of Cde Moeketsi the matter was satisfactorily resolved between DoL and the Trade Union.

The current Scope includes the following sectors: Transport Services, Transport Infrastructure Services, Freight, Goods Transport and Services, Maritime Transport, Contract Cleaning, General Cleaning Services, Civil Aviation, General Workers, Contract Security, General Security Services, Wholesale, Retail Sector and Restaurant, and Manufacturing.

In the same National Congress of the 8th March 2014, a new leadership was elected under the Presidency of Cde Sammy Ramalope (See the rest of the leadership on the website.)

Political Posture of TASWU
TASWU's aims and objectives clearly state the political approach that the union may adopt from time to time, amongst others these are;

  • Promote, support or oppose any legislation adopted by the state that is contrary to the interest of the workers and working class in general.
  • Affiliate and participate in the affairs of any international organization like, International Labour Organization etc, but currently reserved the right to Affiliate to the current Federations in SA.
  • Regulate and encourage robust relationship between members and their employers in application of the Rules and the Law in various industries.
  • TASWU is a militant Trade Union and believe that only a radical transformation of the SA economy could attempt to resolve working class demands and challenges confronted by workers on daily basis..
  • We are a worker controlled Trade Union and our participation in any fora, is informed by the demands of our members.

First and foremost, TASWU understand its mandate to be addressing issues affecting its members while not oblivion of the Political context and processes were these issues are located. The objective political and economic condition in SA warrants that active political involvement is unavoidable if Trade Unions are to confront Socio-Economic Conditions faced by workers.

TASWU encourages its broader membership to actively participate in community and political struggles both collectively and as individuals.

In spite of the Scope alluded to above, TASWU membership is mainly derived from Road Freight Industry and Passenger Industry, from its inception TASWU positioned itself as a Transport Union.

TASWU is currently not affiliated to any Labour Federation; in its conference on the 8th March 2014 the Union resolved to remain independent while it continues to consult its members around the Political Postures of the current Labour Federations.

Bargaining Councils

TASWU has applied to be Trade Union party of both NBCRFI and SARPBAC, but still battling to meet/reach threshold to participate. As a matter of principle we support a centralized bargaining and that could be well served through these Bargaining Councils.

Representation of Workers

TASWU continues to effectively represent our members on all cases of alleged Misconduct, Unfair Labour Practices, and Retrenchments in all the Bargaining Councils, CCMA, Labour Court and at factory level despite the threshold issues mentioned above.