South African Parastatal and Tertiary Institutions Union

About Us

  • SAPTU was established in 1993 and is a registered trade union in terms of the Labour Relations Act, Act 66 of 1995 (as amended).
  • SAPTU is politically unaffiliated which means that all SAPTU contributions are focussed on its members.
  • SAPTU operates and strives to service all workers in the republic of South Africa who are eligible for membership of the Union.



  • Salary negotiations
  • Disciplinary hearings
  • Conciliation and Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) matters
  • Labour Court
  • Other negotiations


Tertiary Institutions
North-West University
University of Johannesburg
SEFAKO MAKGATHO Health Sciences University
Stellenbosch University
Parastatal Institutions
Council for Geoscience
Ditsong Museums of South Africa
Higher Education South Africa (HESA)
Legal Aid SA
National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS)
Productivity SA
Other Sectors
Individual Members



fedusasmlSAPTU is affiliated to FEDUSA (Federation of Unions of South Africa)

FEDUSA is the second largest trade union federation in South Africa.

The main advantage of affiliation to FEDUSA is that SAPTU can make use of the collective knowledge of FEDUSA, which contributes to greater participation and strength. Furthermore, SAPTU has the opportunity to influence legislation through FEDUSA and is represented on various national bodies including NEDLAC. This enables SAPTU to keep abreast of all new legislation.

Reg. no LR2/6/2/291