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About us

  • Friday, 25 March 2011 22:00

1.    AIMS AND OBJECTS OF THE UNION
1.1    AS A DEMOCRATIC UNION

1.1.1    To organise all those employed directly or indirectly, in local authority and allied undertakings of the economy whether in the public private or voluntary sector.
1.1.2    To build a democratic worker controlled and centred organisation based on membership participation in policy and decision making.
1.1.3    To develop a strong shopsteward movement and to provide this movement with education and training in the skills to promote members participation in the union and to protect and advance members interest in the workplace.
1.1.4    To build an organisation free of any discrimination or unequal treatment with respect to race, gender, disability, creed, age or any arbitrary ground.
1.1.5    To develop and maintain consistent standards of advice, representation and organisational development for members.
1.1.6    To develop solidarity with other trade unions nationally and internationally and to affiliate to any body or federation of trade unions which will advance the cause of the working class.

1.2    FOR THE WORKERS
1.2.1    To strive to protect and advance the wages and conditions of service of all members and the quality, health and safety of their working environment.
1.2.2    To strive for economic, social and political justice for all members and in particular to democratise the workplace.
1.2.3    To regulate relations between members and their employers through negotiation and the establishment of effective collective bargaining machinery and to attempt to resolve disputes which may arise between members and their employers.
1.2.4    To strive for full employment in quality jobs and protect workers from unfair dismissal and retrenchment.
1.2.5    To strive for the development of the members through the provision of training and educational opportunities to advance their skills and competencies.
1.2.6    To promote policies and laws that are in the interests of members and to oppose policies and laws which undermine member’s interests.
1.2.7    To do all such things which members decide are in their interests which are not inconsistent with this constitution.

1.3    IN COMMUNITY AND SOCIETY
1.3.1    To work for the achievement of a society based on economic, social and political justice and equality.
1.3.2    To oppose privatisation and to fight for the direct provision of all the basic necessities of life by the state at all its levels.
1.3.3    To work for the achievement of equal access by all to public services of good quality and that such users of public services are treated with dignity, respect and equality irrespective of race, gender, creed, age, disability or any arbitrary ground.
1.3.4    To work for economic growth and the equal distribution of wealth by means which will sustain our world’s environment.
1.3.5    To co-operate with or form alliances with any community organisation, social movement or political party nationally or internationally if this will advance the interest of members.

2.    UNION MEMBERSHIP
2.1    ORGANISATIONAL SCOPE

2.1.1    Membership of the union shall be open to workers employed, directly or indirectly, in local authority and water utilities and allied undertakings of the economy whether in the public private or voluntary sector.

2.1.2    Without limitation of the generality of 3.1.1.  this shall include workers providing:
a)    Public Administrative Services in Municipalities and Local Authorities
b)    Health and Social Services
c)    Libraries, cultural and other community services
d)    Water and Sanitation
e)    Solid Waste Management and Environmental Services
f)    Road Construction and Storm water drainage
g)    Electricity Generation and Distribution
h)    Public Transportation and Traffic Control
i)    Telecommunication and Information Services
j)    Scientific and Technical Services
k)    Parks and Recreation

2.1.3    Provided that the union shall not recruit members in sector or sub-sectors of the economy within the above scope which in terms of any demarcation agreement have been excluded from its area of organisation by resolution of any federation of industrial unions to which it is affiliated.