The supreme governing structure of FEDUSA is National Congress. According to our constitution, National Congress is held every three (3) years. The main objectives of any given Congress is to report on the previous three years’ work, make new resolutions for policy direction, and elect new National Office-Bearers (NOBs).
The previous Congress was held in 2008, meaning that 2011 will be the next Congress. A date in middle November will still be finalised.
National Executive Committee
The supreme governing structure of FEDUSA between the three-yearly National Congress is the National Executive Committee (NEC). The NEC consists of representatives from each of the affiliated trade unions and seats are allocated proportional to relative membership size.
In a non-Congress year the NEC meets once per quarter. See the Calendar on the main page for the dates of these meetings for this year.
The Management Committee (ManCom) is tasked with governing the day-to-day activities of the Federation. ManCom consists of all National Office-Bearers, Senior Secretariat and additional co-opted representatives from various affiliated trade unions.
The Management Committee meets six (6) times per year or as the need arises. For meeting dates, see the Calendar on the Home page.
The Financial Committee (FinCom) assists the Management Committee with technical work surrounding the finances of the Federation. FinCom is chaired by the Vice-President (Finance) and the Secretariat function is shared by the General Secretary and the Financial Officer.
FinCom meets five (5) times per year or as necessary. See the Calendar on the Home page for meeting dates
Social Justice Committee
The Social Justice Committee deals with all social and human rights matters in the country; including gender, HIV & AIDS, and child labour. The Social Justice Committee is chaired by the Vice-President (Social Justice) and the Social Policy Officer performs the secretariat function.
The Social Justice Committee meets once every quarter. See the Calendar on the Home page for meeting dates
Training & Education Committee
The Training & Education Committee (TEC) deals with all matters pertaining to training and education in the Federation and in the country. The TEC is chaired by Mr Eddie de Klerk (UTATU Deputy General Secretary),vice-chaired by Prof Pierre van Niekerk (SAPTU Deputy President) and the secretariat function is performed by the Training Officer.
The TEC meets quarterly and exact meeting dates can be found in the Calendar on the Home page
The purpose of the Development Committee (DC) is to stimulate debate regarding critical issues that affect Young Workers’ lives, Youth Development, Trade and Industry and Economic Development. The DC is chaired by the Vice-President (Development) and the secretariat function is performed by the Media Officer.
The DC meets quarterly and exact meeting dates can be found under Calendar on the Home page
Public Sector Committee
The purpose of Public Sector Committee (PSC) shall be to discuss matters affecting Affiliates organizing in the Public Sector. The PSC is chaired by the Vice-President Public Sector.
Provincial Executive Committee
The function of the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) shall be to:
- In consultation with the relevant Federation official, ensure that meetings are held
according to the schedule explained in 18.1.4, and submit within thirty (30) days after
meetings a copy of the draft minutes to the relevant Federation official for inclusion in the
agenda of the National Executive Committee. Provincial Executive Committee reports of
the relevant five-year period under review, shall be submitted for inclusion in the
Congress Agenda along with all the other reports;
- Represent the Federation, advance and defend its policies as determined by the National
Executive Committee and National Congress;
- Constantly investigate, keep abreast of, and analyze the labour and socio-economic
situation in each respective province and keep the National Executive Committee
updated about provincial matters of concern, including recruitment to the Federation;
- Do whatever the National Executive Committee deems necessary to advance the interest
of members of the Federation in the province;
- Cooperate and participate with Affiliates, government bodies or related institutions and
forums within the province in order to benefit members of the Federation in the province;
- Provincial Executive Committees shall establish any such subcommittees as determined
by the National Executive Committee from time to time.