We are grateful to our members who have shown discipline and commitment to the union during these times. We pride ourselves in the calibre of members we have in you and trust that others will learn from you. You have been exemplary, dedicated and patient with union process. We further pride ourselves with regions and locals that have concluded their election processes and giving a fresh mandate to leaders of their choice. We further trust that those that are yet to conclude will do so soon and in time for the remaining Provincial Congresses leading to our 11th National Congress next year.
Our struggle for better working conditions, living and decent wages will not stop until realised. We will be holding a Bargaining Conference late January next year to get a mandate of demands to take to the employer. We trust that the Bargaining conference will give us an opportunity to engage and listen to your demands and what should be taken to the employer. We remain committed to ensuring that the demands of our valuable members are met, as such we have reinforced our capacity at head office by appointing officials who will ensure that you are serviced better and speedily so. We remain committed to your workplace issues and trust that these appointments are for your benefit.
As you go on these holidays, we urge you to be responsible and vigilant. Those who will be travelling during this period should take extra precautions to ensure their safety and that of fellow road users. We strongly urge you to be law abiding citizens and to know when you have had one too many. On behalf of SAMWU NOBs, POB, ROBs and officials, we wish you and your families happy festive seasons filled with joy, love and laughter. To our members who celebrate Christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. We trust that you will be rejuvenated and ready to take charge of the union’s campaigns and activities when you return.
Walter Theledi and Samuel Molope
General Secretary President